By Nichole Paolino
(June 27, 2017) – After a quick stop home over the past weekend, the Boston Breakers head to the southern heat this Wednesday, June 28, to face the Houston Dash at 9 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
The Breakers came up short in a hard-fought battle on home turf against the Courage in a 1-0 loss on June 24 and are still on the hunt for points to climb the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table. This next match with the Dash will be the first meeting of the season between the two sides.
“Wednesday is going to be our biggest game of this season to date,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We need to approach this game with bravery and belief, and we need to walk away from Houston with all three points.”
The NWSL standings saw teams move in rank after the weekend as the Breakers dropped to 10th place with a 2-6-2 record and the Dash moved into ninth place after their first win since April. It came June 24 over Orlando, giving them a 3-7-0 record. The Breakers sit one point behind the Dash and three points behind the eighth-place Washington Spirit.
The Dash have welcomed back Carli Lloyd after she spent the first portion of the season at Manchester City W.F.C. Lloyd’s first goal of the season gave the Dash a 1-0 lead over Orlando before Rachel Daly made it 2-0 to secure the win over the Pride on June 24. Poliana (three goals, two assists), Kealia Ohai (two goals, two assists), and Rachel Daly (two goals) account for seven of the 10 goals for the Dash this season. The Dash will be missing one of their offensive threats, Ohai, as it has been confirmed she has an ACL sprain and medial meniscus tear in her left knee.
Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) and Adriana Leon (two goals, three assists) lead the attack for the Breakers, as both players continue to have quality chances at goal. Emilie Haavi and Tiffany Weimer both have made their presence known on the field with providing opportunities for the Breakers to convert. Rookie goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made her NWSL debut on June 24 in the 1-0 loss against the Courage, finishing the game with two saves.
After Wednesday’s matchup, the Breakers fly back home to face the Washington Spirit on Saturday, July 1 at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Boston will play the Chicago Red Stars the following Friday (July 7, 7 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.