Breakers seen off by the Flash

Lloyd double ensures road loss

(June 27, 2014) – The Boston Breakers fell to their tenth loss of the season in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) as they were beaten 2-1 at the Western New York Flash on Friday evening. An 82nd-minute goal by Flash captain Carli Lloyd, her second of the night, was enough to condemn the Breakers, who had restored parity through Nkem Ezurike.

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(June 27, 2014) – The Boston Breakers fell to their tenth loss of the season in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) as they were beaten 2-1 at the Western New York Flash on Friday evening. An 82nd-minute goal by Flash captain Carli Lloyd, her second of the night, was enough to condemn the Breakers, who had restored parity through Nkem Ezurike.

Boston was tested early on in proceedings as the in-form Samantha Kerr got in behind the backline only to shoot wide of Alyssa Naeher’s far post. Lloyd was dangerous throughout for Western New York and Breakers captain Cat Whitehill had to be alert to put one of her cut-backs out for a corner. Whitehill was then called into action again as she cleared one off the line from the lively Kerr, looking to add to her five goals for the season.

On 15 minutes, Jazmine Reeves, a scorer for the Breakers in the 1-1 draw with Sky Blue FC, headed a chance over the bar from Bianca Sierra’s cross. Heather O’Reilly was involved in much of Boston’s positive work going forward and she saw her headed attempt go out for a goal kick.

A link-up between Kerr and Lloyd ended with Angela Salem shooting over for the Flash as the home side continued to pose a threat. Just a minute later, Vicky Losada so nearly caught Naeher out with a chip from distance that came back off the crossbar and the Spanish midfielder forced a save from her a few minutes later.

Reeves then took a shot from outside the box after a pass from Kristie Mewis but her effort was too high. Australian international Kerr had another sight of goal in the closing minutes of the first half as she received Brittany Taylor’s cross from deep but miscued her attempt on the volley with her left. Kerr went closer still after a pass across goal from Katherine Reynolds but she was unable to make a telling connection.

Losada and Kerr were involved again at the beginning of the second half as the Flash tried to break the deadlock but it was Lloyd who went closest, seeing her shot beaten away by Naeher. The home side had their goal on 59 minutes though, and it was their captain who found the target. A free-kick was sent long by Taylor towards Lloyd in the box and she produced an accurate header back across Naeher and into the far corner.

Lianne Sanderson had been introduced by Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin and Katie Schoepfer was next into the game as Boston looked to gain a foothold. The visitors had a goal to celebrate on 71 minutes and it came from rookie forward Ezurike as the Canadian beat Lydia Williams with a clipped finish for her second of the season. The assist came from Maddy Evans and it was a perfectly weighted pass from the midfielder as she picked up her second assist of this campaign.

Despite the goal to level, a warning sign came from the Flash on 75 minutes as Lloyd hit one with her left from close in which just crept wide with Naeher diving low. Two of Western New York’s three Spanish players on the pitch then combined to bring a crucial intervention from the Breakers’ keeper. Sonia Bermúdez crossed for Adriana Martín and her shot was saved by Naeher at point-blank range.

Reeves had one of the few sights at goal for Boston late on as she took her run into the box, but as she vied for space she saw her shot creep into the arms of Williams. With 82 minutes on the clock, the Flash struck a decisive blow and it was through Lloyd once again. A neat one-two with Losada saw the U.S. international hit an unstoppable drive into the top corner to open up a 2-1 lead.

In the remaining minutes, Boston’s Sanderson had a shot blocked by McCall Zerboni and Martín curled a free-kick wide for Western New York. Aaran Lines’ team saw the job through however, and the loss means the Breakers fall to 3-10-1 and remain at the bottom of the NWSL table with ten of their games to go.

The third of the Breakers’ seven –game away sequence is on Wednesday, July 2nd as we travel to take on the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex (kickoff 7 pm ET).

GOALS                                               1          2          F
Boston (3-10-1)                                  0          1          1
Western New York (6-7-2)                 0          2          2
 
SCORING SUMMARY
Goal    Time   Team                          Goal Scorer                           Assist
1          59        Western New York     Carli Lloyd                               Brittany Taylor
2          71        Boston                         Nkem Ezurike                           Maddy Evans
3          83        Western New York     Carli Lloyd                               Vicky Losada
 
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
Time   Team                          ##        Player                         Card               Reason
8          Boston                         7          Jazmine Reeves          Yellow Card    Reckless Foul
37        Western New York     15        Jasmyne Spencer       Yellow Card    Reckless Foul
51        Boston                         23        Bianca Sierra              Yellow Card    Tactical Foul
86        Boston                         5          Jazmyne Avant           Yellow Card    Tactical Foul
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Time   Team                          Out                                          In
57        Boston                         #19 Kristie Mewis                   #10 Lianne Sanderson
66        Boston                         #23 Bianca Sierra                   #12 Katie Schoepfer
74        Western New York     #6 Angela Salem                     #8 Sonia Bermudez
76        Western New York     #15 Jasmyne Spencer            #11 Adriana Martin
82        Boston                         #26 Nikki Washington              #5 Jazmyne Avant
88        Western New York     #14 Vicky Losada                   #22 Amy Barczuk
 

 

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