Breakers seek second win in a row, take on the Flash Friday night

(May 26, 2016) - The Boston Breakers will look to carry momentum from their first win of the season last week on the road this Friday where they will take on the Western New York Flash at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Rochester, N.Y.

By Anna Padilla

(May 26, 2016) - The Boston Breakers will look to carry momentum from their first win of the season last week on the road this Friday where they will take on the Western New York Flash at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Rochester, N.Y.

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Last week’s performance against FC Kansas City brought the Breakers’ first goal of the season and head coach Matt Beard’s first win in charge of Boston. In a game where both the Breakers and FC Kansas City were seeking their first victories, the Breakers were able to keep a clean sheet in an open offensive game, while capitalizing on their own final-third play in the 1-0 win.

“We were pleased, and you could see when the goal went in, it was a big weight off of everyone’s shoulders,” Beard said. “I was pleased with the way we played and with the way we managed the game. From that side of things, it means we can enjoy the football. As long as we put in that effort, which we have been, we’re going to end up winning more (games) than losing.”

Each team had several chances to pull ahead in last week’s contest at Jordan Field. The Breakers had 14 shots to Kansas City’s 10, but Boston scored the only goal, and it came in the 19th minute off a corner. Kristie Mewis’ corner was headed in far post by captain and defender Whitney Engen.

Whitney Engen celebrates her goal in Sunday's win over FC Kansas City (Photo by Judith Gibson-Okunief)

After falling behind, FC Kansas City pushed forward offensively, challenging Libby Stout, but the first-year Breaker did well and finished the match with four saves, including a tremendous stop on Mandy Laddish in the first half.

Looking forward to Friday night’s matchup against the Western New York Flash, the Breakers will hope to continue the offensive momentum and to maintain their solid defensive play. Western New York comes into this week’s game with a 3-3-0 record and a recent 5-2 routing of Sky Blue FC last week.

“They’re starting to put together a little bit of a run now,” Beard said of the Flash. “Their game against Sky Blue was impressive, especially the first half. They’re very dangerous from set plays. They’re a hard-working team, and it’s going to be a tough game for us.”

The Flash remain only four points from the top-of-the-table leaders Washington Spirit, and while they are tied for the most goals scored, they equal that with goals against at eight for the season.

The Breakers return home after this Friday’s game, taking on the Washington Spirit for the first time this season at home. That match takes place Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com

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