The Boston Breakers and New England Mutiny square off Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, with the Breakers looking to make it two straight after a 1-0 win 10 days ago over the Philadelphia Fever.
The Boston Breakers enter the second half of the season with their focus on reaching the WPSL Elite playoffs. The top four teams qualify, and with 15 points and a fourth-place standing, the Breakers look to secure three points Wednesday night against the New England Mutiny. A win would rocket the Breakers into a first-place tie with league leaders Chicago, who are sitting on 18 points and don’t play again until Friday when they take on ASA Chesapeake Charge.
Before the Breakers think about regaining first place in WPSL Elite, they need to take care of business on the field Wednesday against the visiting New England Mutiny. The Massachusetts-based Mutiny currently sit in fifth place in WPSL Elite with a 3-3-1 record and are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars. The Breakers, meanwhile, look to push their winning streak to two straight after beating the Philadelphia Fever June 10 on a game-winning goal from Australian international Kyah Simon. Wednesday night’s match at Dilboy Stadium marks the first time the Breakers have played at home in nearly a month.
"It’s always good to be in front of your own fans, especially when you have the fans that we have here in Boston. They’re the best in the league," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "We’re looking forward to it."
After her goal against the Fever, Simon now has four, to go along with two assists on the season. She’ll look to link up with forward Katie Schoepfer, who hopes to keep up her torrid pace as she’s currently tied for the league lead with five goals scored. Simon and Schoepfer have combined for nine of Boston’s 14 goals this season.
Katie Schoepfer leads Boston with five goals
(Photo By Mark Gardner)
The Mutiny meanwhile bring a dangerous duo in University of Miami forward Kate Howarth and Boston University forward Tiya Gallegos, who both have four goals, along with former Boston Breakers Reserves midfielder Rebecca Mays, who has three goals and two assists. The Mutiny also features a roster that includes U.S. Women’s National Team and Boston College midfielder Kristie Mewis, U.S. U-17 captain Morgan Andrews and Boston College midfielder Vicki DiMartino. Mewis, however, is doubtful with a knee injury.
"The Mutiny has always been a competitive team. They’ve always had a mixture of good local players and good college players," Cole said. "They’ve played some games where they’ve had some very tight scorelines and then maybe another game where they get a little beat up and then another game where they’re beating someone up. So I think if they can come into the game with some consistency, it’ll be a battle for us. And they’re always physical, so it’ll be a challenge."
Wednesday’s match is the first of four straight home games for the Breakers, who then play third-place New York Fury Saturday, followed by games against the Chicago Red Stars (June 30) and ASA Chesapeake Charge (July 6).
Click here for the Breakers v Mutiny Game Notes, which includes the Breakers projected lineup and rosters from both teams.