Breakers look to get back into win column Friday night vs. Washington

(June 9, 2016) - Coming off of a bye week, the Boston Breakers will return home and look for their second win of the season this Friday when they take on the Washington Spirit at Jordan Field (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.

By Anna Padilla

(June 9, 2016) - Coming off of a bye week, the Boston Breakers will return home and look for their second win of the season this Friday when they take on the Washington Spirit at Jordan Field (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.

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Before last week’s time off from game action, the Breakers suffered a 4-0 loss against the Western New York Flash on May 27. After only falling to a 1-0 deficit in the first half, the Breakers were unable to contain the Flash’s Lynn Williams and Abby Dahlkemper, who combined for three second-half goals.

“We need to respond from the New York game,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “To be fair, the girls have responded really well in training. We’ve been working hard on the training pitch to make sure we improve from the New York performance.”

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With an extra week of rest, the Boston Breakers are now looking toward Friday night’s game against Washington, aiming to add one to the win column. The Washington Spirit, at 4-1-1, sit only on point behind the NWSL’s table leaders Chicago Red Stars. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams. Their last match up, April 16, resulted in a tight, 1-0 Boston loss on the road.

Their first meeting opened up the 2016 season for both teams. The Breakers fell behind in the third minute on a bicycle-kick goal by former Breaker Joanna Lohman. But Boston proved strong defensively the rest of the match and was able to push in the final third with several close scoring opportunities and a total of 10 shots on goal. The Breakers will hope to find a scoring streak at home against the Spirit in their second matchup Friday night.

“Obviously Washington are a good team,” Beard said. “They’re at the top end of the table, so that’s going to prove to be a real difficult tough test for us. But we can take confidence from our last home performance (1-0 win over FC Kansas City) and hopefully we can replicate that desire, intensity, and work rate. We’re focused on picking up some points and start to climb the standings.”

Boston has had a stronghold on the series with 4-2-4 record against the Spirit. Washington also enters Friday’s game with a rested team with their last match postponed due to weather before the bye week. With only one loss on the season, the Spirit have relied on their midfield to create production in the final third. Diana Matheson and Christine Nairn have scored three goals each, combining for six of the Spirit’s eight tallies on the season.

Following Friday’s game against Washington, the Breakers will visit the NWSL table leaders after this Friday’s game, taking on the Chicago Red Stars Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. ET before hitting the road again the following week to face the Western New York Flash (Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. ET). The Breakers return home July 17 (5 p.m. ET) to take on Sky Blue FC. Tickets to all Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. 

Game notes by Anthony Giallongo and Natalie Ellard

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