The only team to defeat the Breakers on the field this season comes to town Saturday night at 6 p.m. as Boston looks to defend its turf against the first-place Chicago Red Stars.
The Boston Breakers took a 2-0 victory over the New York Fury last Saturday night at home, pushing them up to second place in the WPSL Elite standings. The one team standing in their way right now is the Chicago Red Stars, who the Breakers take on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. A Breakers win would send the team into a first-place tie with the Red Stars with four games to play in the regular season.
These two teams met back on June 3 in Illinois, and the host Red Stars took a 1-0 victory on a Michele Weissenhofer goal in the 34th minute. Keeper Jamie Forbes recorded her third shutout in goal for the Red Stars who improved to 3-0 with the win. Forbes has been a thorn for opposing teams, allowing only six goals in nine games.
Alice Binns makes a save against Chicago earlier this season.
This time around, the Breakers will look to reverse the outcome, take the three points, and move back into first place in WPSL Elite.
"We are looking forward to the game on Saturday. We are playing at home versus a good team, and the game is for first place. What more can you ask for in a game," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "They beat us, 1-0, at their place in a game that had good and bad moments for both teams, but they finished and we didn’t. So we are focused on making sure we put together a complete game, from start to finish, that we take our chances well, which we have been doing since the last game, and that we set the pace of the game."
Setting the pace of the game has been demonstrated by the Breakers in their last three games, all victories. The Breakers took leads into the second half in all three games and scored first in two of those three wins. The hottest player on the pitch for Boston right now is Australian striker Kyah Simon. The 21-year-old has scored in three straight, including two in the 2-0 win over the Fury and a hat trick in Boston’s 4-2 win against the New England Mutiny. Simon currently leads WPSL Elite in goals with nine and in points (20). Simon’s partner up top, Katie Schoepfer, has six goals and four assists this season.