Coming off their third straight win, and just three days after playing the New York Fury in Long Island, the Breakers return home for a showdown with the Western New York Flash.
Coming off their third straight win, a 2-1 victory over the New York Fury Wednesday night in Long Island, the Breakers return home for a showdown with the Western New York Flash.
The Flash, coming off last weekend’s 1-0 loss to the Fury, come into Saturday’s match with a 1-1 record, having defeated FC Indiana, 4-1, to open the season. The Breakers got the same result against FC Indiana last Friday night at Dilboy Stadium in their home opener.
The Breakers will see plenty of familiar faces on the Flash as former Breakers Nikki Marshall and Alli Lipsher now play for Western New York. The Flash returned a number of players from its 2011 WPS Championship team, including midfielder McCall Zerboni, defenders Kimberly Brandao and Alex Sahlen, and keeper Brittany Cameron. Cameron, however, will miss Saturday’s match after suffering a broken jaw in the team’s loss last weekend to the Fury. Either Lipsher or Colleen Boyd will start in place of Cameron. The Flash also boast international talent in Spanish striker Adriana and Australian midfielder Emily van Egmond.
"They’ll be organized. Aaran’s a good coach, and they have some veteran players from the WPS that will help carry them," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "I’ve heard that McCall Zerboni’s been very good for them. They have a couple internationals that will help, so I feel like the New York Fury was a good test for us, but this will probably be our toughest test to this point. We’re looking forward to the game."
The Breakers come into the game with WPSL Elite’s second leading goalscorer, forward Katie Schoepfer, who has three goals on the season, followed by Australian forward Kyah Simon, who has two goals and two assists. Schoepfer scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 victory Wednesday over the Fury. The Breakers also got a goal from midfielder Tameka Butt in the match, her second of the season, but the Australian left the game early with an injury. She will miss Saturday’s match with a high ankle sprain and is listed as day to day. The newest Breaker to arrive in town, University of Notre Dame standout forward Melissa Henderson, is set to make her WPSL Elite debut Saturday night.
Melissa Henderson (Photo By Denis Concordel)
"It’s a boost to the team, especially since have lost Tameka, but we’re kind of throwing her into the fire. She doesn’t know our system yet, but she’s a good player, playing around good players," Cole said. "So we think it will work out in our favor."
Saturday’s match marks the home debut for defender Elli Reed and midfielders Amanda DaCosta and Bianca D’Agostino, who returned midweek from U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team camp. All three are expected to start against the Flash.
The sold-out game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.
Click here for Game Notes, which include rosters for both teams and the Breakers’ projected starting lineup.