By Nichole Paolino
(June 16, 2017) - The Boston Breakers finish off their three-game road swing Saturday with a trip to North Carolina to face the first-place Courage at 7:30 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, N.C.
Following the international break, Boston looks to gain back momentum after a 2-0 loss away to the Orlando Pride on June 3. The Breakers look to pick up their first point they tied Portland, 2-2, at home on May 19.
“We’ve been frustrated with the last two results on the road,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We started the games slowly. There are no easy games in this league, and you can’t give teams a head start. We’ve had two good weeks of training. We’re looking forward to the game. We’re looking to right the wrongs in Carolina and go there with all the confidence and do our best to come away with a result.”
The Breakers are heading into the match currently sitting in eighth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 2-4-2 record. The Courage are atop the NWSL table with a 6-3-0 record. The Breakers are one point behind seventh-place Orlando Pride and three points behind six-place FC Kansas City.
The Courage are led by 2016 NWSL MVP and Golden Boot winner Lynn Williams, who has three goals and two assists on the season, along with Debinha, who has three goals. The Courage have three other players that have scored two goals each, adding to a total of 14 goals on the season. The Courage, as a whole, are first in the league in shots on goal.
The Breakers are led by forward Natasha Dowie, who has collected a team-high three goals. The Breakers have had quality contributions from forward Adriana Leon (one goal, three assists) and midfielder Rose Lavelle (two goals, one assist). On June 8, Lavelle and Leon found the back of the net for their national teams while abroad in Sweden and Canada, respectively. Lavelle scored her second international goal for the U.S. against Sweden, and Leon tallied her seventh international goal for Canada in a win against Costa Rica. Lavelle is unavailable Saturday after suffering a strained hamstring in the U.S. Women's National Team match against Norway last Sunday.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers return home to face the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, June 24 at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Boston will face the Houston Dash the following Wednesday (June 28, 8:30 p.m. ET) at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.