Breakers improve to 3-0 with 4-1 win over Harvard

Four different players score in victory

(April 3, 2014) - The Boston Breakers got a goal apiece from Cat WhitehillMollie PathmanJoanna Lohman, and Katie Schoepfer in Wednesday night's 4-1, come-from-behind win over Harvard University at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

(April 3, 2014) - The Boston Breakers got a goal apiece from Cat Whitehill, Mollie Pathman, Joanna Lohman, and Katie Schoepfer in Wednesday night's 4-1, come-from-behind win over Harvard University at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.

"It was really the tale of two halves," Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. "I wanted to give an opportunity for some of the younger players to see how they would start off a match because they've been coming in late and cleaning up, which they did very well on the first night (a 6-0 win over Northeastern). We were hoping we would draw the first half and have to win the game in the second half, so we sort of gave that challenge to the first team. It was satisfying to see that second group come out and put it to Harvard. It was nice."

The Breakers went down, 1-0, in the 14th minute when Harvard junior and former Boston Breakers College Academy forward Meg Casscells-Hamby beat Breakers keeper Jami Kranich.

The Breakers had a few chances to level the match halfway through the first half, but were off the mark. In the 20th minute, Pathman crossed to Rachel Wood and the center back got up over her defender and sharply headed a ball, but it went just wide of the near post. A minute later, Melissa Ortiz lunged forward to get a foot on a loose ball, poking it on target, but Harvard keeper Bethany Kanten made the save. In the 30th minute, Hanna Gilmore put a low-driven shot on goal, but Kanten was there again to deny the Breakers.

Rachel Wood heads a ball away from danger in Boston's 4-1 win Wednesday (Photo By Mike Gridley)

The Breakers finally broke through in the 45th minute. Pathman scored her second goal of the preseason, putting in a great ball played over the top by Wood.

In the 47th minute, Whitehill scored what held up as the game-winning goal, her second in as many games after beating Boston College Saturday on an 88th minute penalty kick. Wednesday night, Whitehill pounced on a loose ball in front of goal to beat Harvard keeper Lizzie Durack. The play began on a short corner from Pathman to Bianca D'Agostino, who then crossed the ball into the box where Maddy Evans chested it down. Whitehill then blasted it past Durack for the 2-1 lead.

"Mollie Pathman played 90 minutes, and again, you could see her quality," Durkin said. "And it was good for Bianca to get more time. We got her over an hour straight, so I was happy with that. It was also another opportunity to get Kaylyn Kyle into the mix."

Breakers midfielder Kaylyn Kyle fights to keep the ball in Wednesday's win (Photo By Mike Gridley)

In the 57th minute, Joanna Lohman notched her first goal of the preseason, burying a cross from Pathman to give the Breakers a 3-1 lead. Three minutes later, Katie Schoepfer capped the scoring when she rang the inside of the far post for her team-leading third goal of the preseason.

Joanna Lohman scored her first goal of the preseason Wednesday against Harvard (Photo By Mike Gridley)

The Breakers, who are 3-0 this preseason, wrap up their preseason schedule Saturday night at ForeKicks in Taunton, Mass. against the University of Connecticut.

Boston's National Women's Soccer League season opener is scheduled for April 13 on the road against Seattle Reign FC. The Breakers return to Boston April 20 for their NWSL home opener against the Houston Dash. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.

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