(July 7, 2014) - The Boston Breakers, while evenly matched with the Seattle Reign, were defeated 3-2 on their seventh away match for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. The match was played at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium Sunday night. The Breakers remain in last place with a record of 3-11-2.
The game opened with Boston starter, Nkem Ezurike, wide shot on goal, quickly followed by another shot on goal by Heather O’Reilly, which was blocked by Reign FC goalkeeper, Hope Solo, in the second minute of play. Within the next ten minutes of play Alyssa Naeher is able to make four saves holding the score 0-0.
In the sixteenth minute, Beverly Goebel came in with a hard strike against Naeher and was blocked. It was Courtney Jones who, two minutes later, scored against Hope Solo and gave Boston the 1-0 lead. This was Jones’ third goal of the season. With the pressure on, Reign FC attempted to score but the Breakers defense stood tall and continued to clear the ball out.
The Breakers suffered two fouls in the 25th and 30th minutes on Bianca D’Agostino and Lianne Sanderson respectively, resulting in two free kicks. Refusing to let the half end 1-0, Reign FC kept the pressure on the Breakers defense. In the 38th minute Kim Little kicked the ball right into the hands of Naeher and, five minutes later, Nahomi Kawasumi attempted again but Naeher was there, resulting in a huge save. Ending the half 1-0.
Both teams came out strong in the second half. But, it was Kawasumi and Seattle who, in the 56 minute, found the net and tied up the game. Making sure that they did not lose their winning streak, the Reign FC continued to put a considerable amount of pressure on the Breakers. Little, due to her teams pressure, was able to create an own-goal gicing the game a 2-1 score in favor of Seattle. Refusing to give up the Breakers came back with a quick counter and Katie Schoepfer scores for Boston in the 78th minute, tying the game.
In the 83rd minute, Jessica Fishlock forces her way through the Breakers defense, found Kawasumi who scores for a 3-2 last minute lead over Boston. With three minutes added to the game, Sanderson received her second yellow card of the game which resulted in a red card. Due to this, Sanderson is ineligible for the Houston game on Friday. The Breakers finish the game down one for the last three minutes of play which ended in a 3-2 final.
The Breakers are now 3-11-2 and will play the sixth match of the seven-game away stretch continues on Friday, July 11th at BVA Compass Stadium in Houston to take on The Houston Dash (kickoff 9 p.m. EST). The Breakers will return back to Harvard Stadium on Sunday, August 3rd playing Western New York Flash with a 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff time. To purchase tickets visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704.