May 3, 2014 - A 13th minute goal by Monica Ocampo was the deciding factor Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J. as hosts Sky Blue FC handed the Breakers a 1-0 loss at Yurcak Field. The Breakers fell to 1-3-0 with the loss, while Sky Blue FC improved to 1-2-2.
May 3, 2014 - Facing a familiar foe, the Boston Breakers faced off Saturday night against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field. The Breakers were looking to create some consistency to their young season and unfortunately were not able to come out victorious as the hosts got a 14th-minute goal by Monica Ocampo and held on for a 1-0 win.
The Breakers fell to 1-3-0 with the loss, while Sky Blue FC improved to 1-2-2.
The Breakers threatened several times in the match with most of the chances coming early on. In the third minute, Heather O'Reilly forced Brittany Cameron to tip a shot over the bar, and one minute later, reigning NWSL Player of the Week Lianne Sanderson fired a shot just over Cameron. Cameron frustrated Sanderson all night, later making a stop in the 33rd minute from close range.
Heather O'Reilly crosses in front of Sky Blue FC's Kelley O'Hara
Sky Blue FC shifted momentum in its favor and put pressure on Boston in the final third, creating opportunities in front of Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher, but she was up to the task. Naeher made a tremendous diving save on Taylor Lytle in the 10th minute. She finished the match with four saves and safely defended six Sky Blue FC corner kicks.
After Ocampo's goal gave Sky Blue FC an early lead, both teams created chances, but both teams were denied by the respective back lines and keepers. Cameron handled a header by Lisa De Vanna in the 17th minute. Sky Blue's defenders thwarted Mollie Pathman in the box in the 18th minute, and in the 20th minute, O'Reilly hit one just wide from outside the box. Down the other end of the field, Ocampo went wide on a cross from Lytle in the 20th minute and missed the target again in the 28th minute. Sky Blue threatened late in the first half, but a shot by Jonelle Filigno was collected by Naeher in the 45th minute.
The Breakers came out in the second half putting a vicious amount of pressure on Sky Blue and were able to send a bevy of shots, but those chances were squandered by Cameron. Cameron was aggressive and came out to challenge Boston strikers all match. In the second half, she stopped O'Reilly in the 49th minute as O'Reilly tried to capitalize on her own rebound. Neither team had a quality look on goal for the remainder of the match, and Sky Blue FC held on.
De Vanna had an unfortunate homecoming, frustrated on numerous occasions by a stubborn Sky Blue defensive line, which on numerous occasions was able to force the speedy forward offside. Emotions ran even higher as De Vanna was given a red card in the 89th minute for dissent.
The Breakers return to action Thursday, May 15, hosting the Chicago Red Stars at Harvard Stadium. Tickets are available at www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.