By Nichole Paolino
(June 23, 2017) - After a long, three-game road swing, the Boston Breakers are back home this Saturday, June 24, to face the first-place North Carolina Courage for their Pride Night game at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
After coming up short on the road against the Courage in a 3-1 loss on June 17, the Breakers are ready to switch gears and grab points for the first time since May 19, as they prepare for their third match this season against the Courage. The first meeting came back on May 7 at home. The Courage edged the Breakers, 1-0.
“Our home form has been good so far this season and we are looking forward to playing in front of our fans,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Of course, North Carolina are a very good side, but when we played here earlier on in the season, it was a close game."
The Breakers currently sit in ninth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with eight points and a 2-5-2 record. The Courage have continued to secure the top spot in the NWSL table with 21 points and a 7-3-0 record.
The Courage were able to convert without the help of team-leading scorer Lynn Williams (three goals, two assists) and NWSL’s all-time leading goal scorer Jess McDonald as they both sat out injured June 17. Recent contributions have come from forward Kristen Hamilton (two goals) and rookie Ashley Hatch (two goals). The two combined for two three goals and two assists in last Saturday’s win over Boston.
Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) and Adriana Leon (two goals, three assists) continue to lead the Breakers on the field. In the last matchup against the Courage, Leon was able to beat North Carolina keeper Katleyn Rowland for the only Breakers goal, curling in a shot in the 73rd minute. Midfielder Rosie White, along with rookie Morgan Andrews, had quality chances on goal as well.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers will head south to face the Houston Dash on Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Boston will return home to play the Washington Spirit the following Saturday (July 1, 4 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.