Breakers fall to the Flash on the road

(June 23, 2016) – The Boston Breakers saw rookie Christen Westphal pull the team to within one in the first half, but the host Western New York Flash went on to score five unanswered goals to take a 7-1 victory Friday night in Rochester, N.Y.

(June 23, 2016) – The Boston Breakers saw rookie Christen Westphal pull the team to within one in the first half, but the host Western New York Flash went on to score five unanswered goals to take a 7-1 victory Friday night in Rochester, N.Y.

The Flash (6-4-0) struck first, and it came in the 19th minute. Lynn Williams cut back at the top of the 18 before hitting it past Breakers keeper Jami Kranich for the 1-0 lead. The Flash doubled their lead in the 28th minute when Jess McDonald found the top corner of the net from the opposite side of the box.

The Breakers (1-8-1) had a couple chances before pulling to within one on Westphal’s goal. Kyah Simon flicked a header just wide in the 32nd minute. And in the 36th minute, Louise Schillgard struck a free kick from 25 yards out, forcing Flash keeper Katelyn Rowland to make a diving save.

Westphal made history in the 38th minute, scoring her first professional goal. The No. 3 overall draft pick out of the University of Florida, Westphal snuck it in the far post from the corner of the box.

Williams and McDonald tallied their second goals of the game in the 39th and 43rd minutes, respectively, to put the Flash ahead, 4-1. In first-half stoppage time, Makenzy Doniak made it a 5-1 game. The Flash scored twice in the second half, getting goals from McDonald (49’) and Taylor Smith (63’) for the 7-1 final.

The Breakers remain on the road, next facing the Seattle Reign FC (Saturday, July 2) and then, the Orlando Pride (July 10) before returning home on Sunday, July 20, (5 p.m. ET) to face Sky Blue FC. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting

Notes: Tonight, Julie King made her 80th appearance, moving into third all time in Boston Breakers franchise history … Christen Westphal scored her first professional goal … Stephanie Verdoia made her first start of the season and second of her career.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers at WNY Flash

Date: June 24, 2016

Venue: Rhinos Stadium, Rochester N.Y.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Attendance: N/A

Weather: 75 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                        1             0             1

WNY                       5             2             7


WNY – Lynn Williams (Makenzy Doniak) – 19’

WNY – Jess McDonald (Samantha Mewis) – 28’

BOS – Christen Westphal – 38’

WNY – Lynn Williams (Jess McDonald) 49’

WNY – Jess McDonald (Elizabeth Eddy) 43’

WNY – Makenzy Doniak (Samantha Mewis) 45 + 2’

WNY – Jess McDonald (Jaelene Hinkle) 49’

WNY – Taylor Smith (Lynn Williams) 63’

Lineups: BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen (C), 5-Kassey Kallman; 21-Christen Westphal; 26-Angela Salem, 22-Stephanie Verdoia (24-Rachel Wood, 79), 10-Louise Schillgard, 11-Brittany Ratcliffe (20-Mollie Pathman, 68); 27-Eunice Beckmann (3-Elise Krieghoff, 62), 17-Kyah Simon

Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 88-Katie Schoepfer, 23-Brooke Elby

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

WNY: 0-Katelyn Rowland; 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Alanna Kennedy, 4-Elizabeth Eddy, 15-Jaelene Hinkle; 6-Abby Erceg (C), 5-Samantha Mewis, 3-Makenzy Doniak (11-Taylor Smith, 46), 7-McCall Zerboni; 14-Jess McDonald (17-Kristen Hamilton), 9-Lynn Williams (19-Adriana Leon, 63)

Subs not used: 28-Britt Eckerstrom, 2-Michaela Hahn, 25-Meredith Speck,

Head Coach: Paul Riley

Stats Summary: BOS / WNY

Shots: 7 / 18

Shots on Goal: 3 / 9

Saves: 2 / 2

Corner Kicks: 1 / 5

Fouls: 4 / 8

Offside: 0 / 2


Misconduct Summary:

WNY – Kennedy (Yellow Card) 36’

WNY – Zerboni (Yellow Card) 60’

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