Katie Schoepfer scored her league leading seventh and eighth goals of the WPSL Elite season, sending the Breakers to 5-0 with a 4-0 victory over FC Indiana Friday night on the road. Schoepfer has now scored in all five games and has five goals combined in her last two games.
"In every game, everybody has their moments. They can score goals, make an important tackle, a save," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "Katie, every chance she gets to put us on the scoreboard, she does."
Katie Schoepfer scored two goals, her seventh and eighth of the season (Photo by Mark Gardner)
Before Schoepfer’s brace, Boston got on the board in the 30th minute when Longmeadow, Mass. native Bianca D’Agostino scored her first goal as a Breaker. She took a pass from Leslie Osborne and beat FC Indiana keeper Geralda Santilus 20 yards from goal to give Boston the early lead. For Osborne, it was her second assist of the season.
Four minutes later, Schoepfer scored the first of her two goals. The assist went to defender Julie King. The rookie out of Auburn University picked up her first assist and point of her WPSL Elite career. That made it a 2-0 game in the 34th minute. Schoepfer’s second goal of the game, which came in the 41st minute from 16 yards, was the result of great technical play by Kyah Simon to rookie defender Courtney Jones, who made a strong run on the right flank. Jones then sent it to Schoepfer for a near-post finish. The goal was Schoepfer’s eight of the season, which leads WPSL Elite. She also is tops in the league with 17 points.
Bianca D’Agostino scored her first goal of the season Friday night (Photo by Mark Gardner)
Simon capped the scoring in the 78th minute, putting home her third goal of the season, which ranks the Australian international third in the league in goals scored (3). The play began at the top of the 18 when Cat Whitehill sent a free kick to Katherine Donnelly, who then hit on a shot on goal, which was deflected by Santilus. Simon was there to pounce on the rebound and beat Santilus for the 4-0 final.
"Boston is a better team, period," FC Indiana Head Coach Shek Borkowski said. "Lisa Cole has the team well-prepared, and we simply are not experienced enough to challenge them at this point of our development."
At the other end of the field, rookie keeper Alice Binns made six saves to earn her league-leading third shutout of the season. She also leads the league now in save percentage (.840), having allowed just four goals on 25 shots on goal.
"I thought it was a good team performance," Cole said. "We were able to do what we needed to do and keep the ball moving. I was impressed with our overall approach to the game."
The Breakers return to action Sunday night (6 p.m. ET) to take on the Chicago Red Stars at North Central College in Napersville, Ill.
Shots on goal: Boston 12, FC Indiana 6
Saves: Binns (6), Santilus (8)
Corners: Boston 5, FC Indiana 3
Fouls: FC Indiana 15, Boston 9
BOS - Bianca D’Agostino (A: Leslie Osborne) 30’
BOS - Katie Schoepfer (A: Julie King) 34’
BOS - Katie Schoepfer (A: Courtney Jones) 41’
BOS - Kyah Simon (unassisted) 78’
Boston: Alice Binns, Courtney Jones (Elli Reed, 77’), Cat Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Julie King, Leslie Osborne, Jessica Luscinski, Bianca D’Agostino (Emma Thomson, 65’), Amanda DaCosta, Katie Schoepfer (Katherine Donnelly, 62’), Kyah Simon
Subs not used: Melissa Henderson, Kate Incerto
FC Indiana: Geralda Santilus, Kencia Marseille, Fiorda Charles, Carmela Aristilde, Nadia Valentine, Felicia Libertin, Wisline Dolce, Jordan Clark, Lovely Placide, Sophia Batard, Manoucheka Pierre Louis
Subs used: Skoda (46'), Rattray (46'), Moore (46'), Gall (46')
Subs not used: N/A