The Boston Breakers wrapped up their 2012 home schedule in front of yet another packed house. A season-high 2,541 fans were on hand as Katie Schoepfer and Courtney Jones scored one goal each in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Fever Saturday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. It was the seventh sellout in seven home games this season. The win sends Boston’s record to 10-3-0, and with Western New York’s 2-1 win over Chicago Saturday night, both Boston and Western New York (9-1-3) are tied for first on 30 points in WPSL Elite.
"We were just hoping to keep the ball moving, open up seams, and then take our chances," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "It was important to get the W."
Saturday also marked PUMA Project Pink Night at Dilboy Stadium. The Breakers wore pink jerseys to raise awareness of breast cancer. The jerseys were auctioned off during the game. The auction brought in more than $2,800, which will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
"It’s a pretty special night here for us. Project Pink is always such a special game for us because of the meaning behind it," Breakers captain Leslie Osborne said. "Wearing pink and making a statement as professional athletes is huge, especially in the community here in Boston, so it’s always a fun game for us. It was our last home game of the season. We can (finish) first heading into the playoffs, so there’s a lot on the line."
Katie Schoepfer takes a PK (Photo by Meg Linehan)
The Breakers pressured the Fever (1-9-2) throughout the entire match, besting the visitors in shots (23-1) and shots on goal (11-1). After Bianca D’Agostino smashed a shot off the post in the 4th minute and Cat Whitehill’s header was pushed over the bar just five minutes later, Schoepfer put the Breakers on the board in the 13th minute, burying a penalty kick past Fever keeper Michelle Dalton. After Schoepfer’s goal, the Breakers kept hammering away on Dalton. Melissa Henderson, Jessica Luscinski, D’Agostino, and Schoepfer all put quality shots on goal before the Breakers went ahead, 2-0, on a goal by Jones. Jones’ goal, her second of the season, began on a short corner taken by Schoepfer in the 42nd minute. Schopefer played it to Osborne. From there, Jones saw an opening and made the most of it to get in position.
"Their defense was all in the box and a little unorganized, so (Schoepfer) passed it to Leslie, but then she got stuck. I usually hang out with (Taryn Hemmings) in the back, but I went up a little farther, got it from Leslie, their defender came out, I took a touch from the right, hit it, and prayed for the best," Jones said.
Courtney Jones takes on a Fever defender (Photo by Meg Linehan)
The Breakers maintained possession throughout the second half, and kept hitting one shot after another on Dalton. Down the other end of the field Breakers keeper Alejandra Velasco made one save on the night to earn her first shutout of the season. She was aided by the play of defenders Whitehill, Hemmings, Elli Reed, and Julie King, who kept the Fever far away from goal.
The Breakers head to Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday, July 22, to take on the Western New York Flash for their regular season finale, a match that will more than likely determine the WPSL Elite regular season champion. The Chicago Red Stars (27 points) still have two matches remaining on the season, while the fourth-place New York Fury (22 points) have three games left on their slate.
Shots: Boston 23, Fever 1
Shots on goal: Boston 11, Fever 1
Saves: Fever: Michelle Dalton (12); Boston: Alejandra Velasco (1)
Fouls: Fever 6, Boston 6
Corners: Boston 5, Fever 0
Offsides: Boston 4, Fever 0
BOS: Katie Schoepfer (unassisted) 13’
BOS: Courtney Jones (Leslie Osborne) 42’
Boston: Alejandra Velasco, Cat Whitehill, Elli Reed, Julie King, Courtney Jones (Kyah Simon, 70’), Taryn Hemmings, Melissa Henderson, Leslie Osborne, Bianca D’Agostino, Jess Luscinski, Katie Schoepfer
Subs not used: Tameka Butt, Katherine Donnelly, Emma Thomson, Furtuna Velaj, Veronica Napoli, Kate Incerto, Alice Binns, Amanda DaCosta
Fever: Michele Dalton, Myriam Bouchard, Molly Allen, Megan Minnix, Madeline Jackson, Kara Hinkelmann, Raelynn Mikell, Leanne Champ, Jennifer Dervanics, Erica Murphy, Sarah Oswald
Subs not used: None