Breakers fall to Houston at home

(Aug. 31, 2016) – The Boston Breakers saw their two-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night in front of 3,762 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

The visiting Houston Dash handed the Breakers a 3-1 defeat, getting a pair of goals from Kealia Ohai in the first half and one from Carli Lloyd in the second half. Natasha Dowie struck late for the hosts.

“The performance wasn’t good enough,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “From start to finish, we just got the basics wrong. Unfortunately, we’ve been punished because of that. I was disappointed with the two goals in the first half. They were preventable. The third one was a good strike from Carli (Lloyd), but she shouldn’t be scoring from that distance. We had some good chances ourselves, but we didn’t deserve to win the game. It’s frustrating on my end because we’ve made so much progress.”

The Dash took a 1-0 lead two and a half minutes into the game when Ohai netted the first of her two goals. She beat Breakers keeper Jami Kranich at the far post.

Ten minutes later, however, the Breakers had a chance to level it, but a shot from Kristie Mewis inside the box and headed toward goal was blocked by Rebecca Moros. Down the other end of the field one minute later, defender Brooke Elby raced back to clear a ball off the line, one that was nearly headed into the back of the net.

In the 28th minute, Louise Schillgard had a shot on goal stopped by Lydia Williams. The Houston keeper denied Schillgard, who curled a shot on target.

Houston took a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute when Ohai beat Kranich for the second time in the game.

The Breakers came out and threatened early in the second half when Brittany Ratcliffe put a shot on goal at the near post, but Williams came up with a big stop.

A strike from distance by Lloyd in the 62nd minute gave the Dash a 3-0 lead, but the Breakers pulled one back late when Dowie took a ball from Kyah Simon and beat Williams to score her second goal in three games.

The Breakers return to action Sunday, Sept. 4, visiting Portland Thorns FC (7 p.m. ET) before returning home Wednesday, Sept. 7, to face the Western New York Flash (7 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.

Notes: French midfielder Ghoutia Karchouni made her first NWSL start for the Breakers tonight … Goalkeeper Jami Kranich ran her shutout streak to 198 minutes before Kealia Ohai ended it in the third minute. Kranich’s 198 minute-scoreless streak is the most in the Breakers NWSL history by a goalkeeper.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers vs. Houston Dash

Date: Aug. 31, 2016

Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.

Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET

Attendance: 3,762

Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy

 

Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                       0             1             1

HOU                       2             1             3

 

HOU – Kealia Ohai (Carli Lloyd) – 3’

HOU – Kealia Ohai – 33’

HOU – Carli Lloyd – 62’

BOS – Natasha Dowie (Kyah Simon) – 91’

Lineups:

BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 21-Christen Westphal (30-Kylie Strom, 29), 4-Whitney Engen, 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby; 26-Angela Salem, 29-Ghoutia Karchouni, 19-Kristie Mewis; 11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 9-Natasha Dowie, 10-Louise Schillgard (17-Kyah Simon, 62)

Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 27-Eunice Beckmann, 8-Julie King, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 88-Katie Schoepfer

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

HOU: 18-Lydia Williams; 2-Poliana, 23-Cami Privett, 8-Ellie Brush, 4-Rebecca Moros; 17-Andressa (12-Amber Brooks), 13-Denise O’Sullivan (11-Janine Beckie, 76), 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd; 7-Kealia Ohai (9-Chioma Ubogagu), 3-Rachel Daly

Subs not used: 1-Bianca Henninger, 5-Cari Roccaro, 21-Melissa Henderson, 22-Stephanie Ochs

Head Coach: Randy Waldrum

 

Stats Summary: BOS / HOU

Shots: 10 / 15

Shots on Goal: 5 / 7

Saves: 4 / 4

Corner Kicks: 3 / 3

Fouls: 5 / 8

Offside: 1 / 8

 

Misconduct Summary:

None

 

Officials:

Referee: Jasmine Peralta

Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross

Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner

Fourth Official: Ian McKay

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