Breakers fall to the Flash in 2016 season finale at Jordan Field

(Sept. 24, 2016) – The Boston Breakers ended the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season with a 4-0 loss at Jordan Field to the Western New York Flash in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,027 Saturday night.

The Flash took a 1-0 lead in the second minute when Makenzy Doniak crossed from the back post to Jess McDonald in front. McDonald beat Breakers keeper Libby Stout for the early, 1-0 advantage.

In the 14th minute, Stout came well off her line to challenge, but the ball deflected off a Western New York player and out to McDonald. McDonald then smashed a shot on the open goal, but Whitney Engen was there to head it clear. Three minutes later, Stout stopped a header by Lynn Williams in front of goal. Williams came close again in the 23rd minute, but Stout tipped a header by Williams over the bar. Seconds prior, Eunice Beckmann tallied Boston’s first shot on goal when she dipped a free kick on goal from 25 yards out.

The Flash took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Williams in the 25th minute. Off a cross, Zerboni sent the ball into the box. McDonald had her shot blocked on a goal line clearance by Breakers defender Brooke Elby before Williams tapped it in. The Flash then went ahead, 3-0, in the 45th minute when McCall Zerboni crossed to Sam Mewis, who headed it past Stout. The visitors secured their fourth goal in the 68th minute on a penalty kick by Abby Dahlkemper.

“I’m disappointed,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I’m frustrated because we worked well this week, and then we just didn’t perform. We need to turn up and put in a performance, and we just didn’t do that in the first half.”

The Breakers had a couple chances in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Kyah Simon sent in a great cross to Natasha Dowie, who headed it on goal. Somehow Western New York goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo made the stop. Minutes later, a dangerous cross from Beckmann was cut off by D’Angelo.

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Notes: Midfielder Katie Schoepfer made her 100th professional appearance tonight, and of those, 95 have come with the Breakers. Her first five appearances were with Sky Blue FC in 2010 … In her seven professional seasons combined, Schoepfer has 16 goals and 11 assists and has logged 5,845 minutes.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers vs. Western New York Flash

Date: Sept. 24, 2016

Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET

Attendance: 4,027

Weather: 60 degrees, clear


Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                       0             0             0

WNY                      3             1             4


WNY – Jess McDonald (Makenzy Doniak) – 2’

WNY – Lynn Williams – 25’

WNY- Sam Mewis (McCall Zerboni) – 45’

WNY- Abby Dahlkemper (penalty kick) – 68’


BOS: 1-Libby Stout; 23-Brooke Elby, 4-Whitney Engen, 5-Kassey Kallman; 30-Kylie Strom (8-Julie King, 54), 26-Angela Salem, 88-Katie Schoepfer (22-Stephanie Verdoia, 79), 19-Kristie Mewis, 17-Kyah Simon, 9-Natasha Dowie, 27-Eunice Beckmann (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 76)

Subs not used: 2-Jami Kranich, 3-Elise Krieghoff, 27-Ghoutia Karchouni, 23-Christen Westphal

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

WNY: 1-Sabrina D’Angelo, 4-Elizabeth Eddy, 3-Makenzy Doniak (25-Meredith Speck, 80), 5-Sam Mewis, 6-Abby Erceg, 8-Allana Kennedy, 9-Lynn Williams, 11-Taylor Smith, 7-McCall Zerboni (17-Kristen Hamilton, 77), 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Jess McDonald (2-Michaela Hahn, 83)

Subs not used: 28- Britt Eckerstrom, 23-Courtney Niemic, 15-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Janice Cayman

Head Coach: Paul Riley


Stats Summary: BOS / WNY

Shots: 5 / 20

Shots on Goal: 2 / 10

Saves: 5 / 2

Corner Kicks: 0 / 3

Fouls: 10 / 11

Offside: 3 / 6


Misconduct Summary:

BOS – Angela Salem (caution, 48+’)

WNY – Alanna Kennedy (caution, 61’)

BOS – Katie Schoepfer (caution, 70’)

BOS – Whitney Engen (caution, 71’)



Referee: Karen Abt

Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross

Assistant Referee 2: Tom Felice

Fourth Official: Kali Langevin


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