May 15, 2014 - The Boston Breakers took an early lead on Chicago Thursday night at Harvard Stadium, but the Red Stars countered with three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win.
May 16, 2014 - The Boston Breakers took an early lead on Chicago Thursday night at Harvard Stadium, but the Red Stars countered with three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win.
"t's difficult to figure out exactly what happens between training and (games)," Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin said. "We probably had our best week of training. My confidence was really high coming into this game. I watched Chicago play three times. I hit their lineup on the head. I hit their formation and restarts on the head. I don't know what it is about league matches, but we cave. I'm not saying people aren't trying because if you look at players like Cat (Whitehill) and Heather (O'Reilly), and some other girls, they are really putting out a ton of effort, but we don't work well together in these situations. To me, that's a winnable game for us."
Kristie Mewis, right, made her Breakers debut Thursday night (Photo By Mike Gridley)
Courtney Jones opened the scoring, converting her first goal of the season in the 19th minute. O'Reilly and Jazmine Reeves, seeing her first action of the season and her professional career, worked a great one-two before O'Reilly unleashed a shot on goal. Chicago keeper Karina LeBlanc couldn't get a handle on it, and Jones pounced on the rebound for the 1-0 advantage.
Boston's lead held up until the 44th minute when Chicago captain Lori Chalupny knocked in a ball headed to her by Adriana Leon, who received a cross from Jen Hoy to set up the goal.
The Red Stars then went ahead, 2-1, in the 52nd minute when Michelle Wenino converted after her initial attempt hit the crossbar. Chicago's final tally came in the 67th minute from Jen Hoy. She lifted a shot over Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher for the 3-1 lead.
The Breakers had a pair of chances late in the match in an attempt to level the match. O'Reilly headed just wide in the 80th minute after a corner, and in stoppage time, newly acquired Nikki Washington lifted it across goal, but her attempt was cleared away.
"At this point, everybody is on a different page. We have our tails between our legs. There's no confidence on the ball," defender and assistant coach Cat Whitehill said. "We have a lot of really good players out there, and they just need to keep their heads up and have confidence to play the game. The tactics are there. It's the technical part. People are good enough. We are just not doing enough."
The Breakers and Red Stars meet again Sunday at Harvard Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Prior to the Breakers vs. Red Stars match, the Boston Breakers Reserves play the Boston Breakers College Academy in the Women's Premier Soccer League season opener. The game is set for a 3 p.m. start, and admission is free. To purchase tickets to the Breakers vs. Chicago game, visit www.breakerstickets.com.