(May 7, 2017) – The Boston Breakers fell to the North Carolina Courage, 1-0, Sunday night, in a hard-fought match in front of 2,276 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
The Courage remained undefeated (4-0-0), getting their lone goal from forward Jessica McDonald. The Breakers (2-2-0) had some excellent chances from Rose Lavelle, Adriana Leon, and Allysha Chapman, but were frustrated by Courage keeper Sabrina D’Angelo all night.
“Obviously they’re a tough team to play against. They’re resilient. They’re athletic,” said Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard. “It was a tough night with the conditions, both teams having to deal the wind. It was tough.”
It was a slow start to the beginning of the game with both teams struggling to make succinct plays in the early going.
North Carolina forward Lynn Williams had the first clear opportunity in the 12th minute, but a sliding stop from Breakers midfielder Angela Salem halted the shot. Lavelle and Leon later maintained strong possession for the Breakers as they pushed the ball up the field.
Leon had a shot on frame in the 15th minute, but it was ultimately saved by D’Angelo, despite slipping away from her gloves.
It was not until the 32nd minute that North Carolina was able to open up the scoring. After a shot off the post, McDonald recovered the ball and sent it to the right of Smith, giving the Courage the lead.
North Carolina had some strong pushes following its goal, but the Breakers back line was in control. Captain Julie King, Allysha Chapman, Megan Oyster, and Christen Westphal maintained their solid defense to stop the advances of the Courage.
Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith had a big save at the very end of the first half after Debinha shot it from close range.
The start of the second half set the tone for the rest of the game with Natasha Dowie almost having an opportunity, but D’Angelo came far out of the goal to end the threat.
North Carolina tried to extend the lead the following minute, but it went right to Smith’s hands. Following a corner kick, Chapman was able to grab the loose ball, but hit it just over the goal in the 70th minute.
Leon maintained the solid pressure, setting up some crucial moments for the Breakers, but the team was unable to convert.
In the final few seconds of stoppage time, Smith sent a free kick towards the Courage goal and the Breakers were able to send a header on target, but D’Angelo made the save, ending the game at 1-0.
“It was frustrating, because as the game went on, we started to go a little bit longer when we could’ve played and the final cross wasn’t good enough and that was the story of the game for us,” said Beard.
The Breakers hit the road to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, May 14, at 6 p.m. ET. They return home Friday, May 19, to face the Portland Thorns at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field. Tickets to all home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Defender and captain Julie King moved closer to second all-time in franchise appearances. Tonight marked her 91st appearance for the Breakers. She is just four back of Katie Schoepfer for second all-time and 11 behind Kristine Lilly for most all-time … Abby Smith extended her shutout streak to 254 minutes, before conceding a goal in the 32nd minute. She now has the longest shutout streak in Boston’s NWSL history, surpassing Alyssa Naeher (240 minutes in 2013) … Defender Amanda Frisbie made her Breakers debut, coming on in the 68th minute for Christen Westphal.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. North Carolina Courage
Date: May 7, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
NC 1 0 1
NC – Jessica McDonald – 32’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 20-Christen Westphal (17-Amanda Frisbie, 68), 2-Allysha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 11-Rose Lavelle,10-Rose White (25-Morgan Andrews, 61); 19-Adriana Leon, 9-Natasha Dowie, 21-Margaret Purce (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 80)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 3-Brooke Elby, 30-Kylie Strom, 5- Amanda Da Costa
Head Coach: Matt Beard
NC: 0-Sabrina D’Angelo; 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 6-Abby Erceg, 26-Sam Witteman; 3-Makenzy Doniak (20-Yuri Kawamura), 5-Samantha Mewis, 10-Debinha (8-Rosana, 76), 7-McCall Zerboni, 11-Taylor Smith; 14-Jessica McDonald (12-Ashley Hatch, 85), 9-Lynn Williams
Subs not used: 0-Katelyn Rowland, 17-Courtney Niemiec, 25-Meredith Speck, 23-Kristen Hamilton
Head Coach: Paul Riley
Stats Summary: BOS / NC
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 10
Fouls: 14 / 11
Offside: 5 / 0
BOS – Julie King (caution, 36’)
BOS – Rosie White (caution, 53’)
BOS – Adriana Leon (caution, 82’)
NC – Taylor Smith (caution, 87’)
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referee 1: Trent Vainhaitsma
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Osterhouse
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley