The Breakers look to shake off their first loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago Red Stars last weekend, and get back to their winning ways Sunday night in Pennsylvania when they take on the Philadelphia Fever (7:30 p.m. ET start at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, Pa.)
"We are looking forward to the game," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "After a loss, you are always motivated to get back on the right side of the scoreline. We don’t know much about the Fever other than what we have read, but it seems like they have battled in games, and we need to make sure we start the game strong, finish our chances, and continue to improve as a team."
Despite Sunday’s loss to Chicago, the Breakers remain in first place in WPSL Elite with a 5-1 record, leading second-place Chicago (4-0-0) by three points. No matter what result the Breakers get Sunday against Philadelphia, they'll still have a lock on first place.
Midfielder Leslie Osborne is one of four Breakers to play every minute of all six matches this season. (Photo by Mark Gardner)
The Philadelphia Fever started the season with a 2-2 draw against the New England Mutiny before losing three straight (3-2 to ASA Chesapeake Charge; 3-0 to the Fury; and 2-1 to the Mutiny last weekend).
The Breakers come into the game with the league’s leading scorer - forward Katie Schoepfer - who has eight goals and one assist, followed by Australian striker Kyah Simon, who is second on the team and third in the league in points with three goals and three assists. Despite missing three players due to U.S. U-23 National Team duty (Elli Reed, Amanda DaCosta, and Melissa Henderson), the Breakers bring a strong squad to Pennsylvania. The trio of Australian forward Tameka Butt, midfielder Bianca D’Agostino, and rookie midfielder Jess Luscinski, have combined for four goals and one assist this season.
Holding midfielder Leslie Osborne will look to keep the Fever out of the final third. Osborne and the central defensive duo of Cat Whitehill and Taryn Hemmings all have played every minute of every match this season, and along with rookie keeper Alice Binns, have held the opposition to just five goals in six games. Whitehill and Hemmings will be complimented on the outside by rookies Courtney Jones and Julie King, who have both played in all six games and have four assists between them.
Boston’s travel roster for Sunday’s game: Alice Binns, Tameka Butt, Bianca D’Agostino, Katherine Donnelly, Taryn Hemmings, Courtney Jones, Julie King, Jessica Luscinski, Lindsay Massengale, Leslie Osborne, Katie Schoepfer, Kyah Simon, Emma Thomson, and Cat Whitehill.
Click here for the Game Notes, which include the projected starting lineup for the Breakers and rosters for both teams.