The Breakers second loss to the Dash

Boston falls to the Heat of Houston

(July 12, 2014) - The Boston Breakers and Houston Dash met at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas in front on 4,063 fans last night. It was the second meeting for the two clubs and the Dash walking with the 2-1 win due to a great showing from forward Kealia Ohai who scored both goals.

(July 12, 2014) - The Boston Breakers and Houston Dash met at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas in front on 4,063 fans last night. It was the second meeting for the two clubs and the Dash walking with the 2-1 win due to a great showing from forward Kealia Ohai who scored both goals.

The Breakers tried a new formation with pulling midfielders Kristie Mewis and Heather O'Reilly back into the outside defense and were missing forward Lianne Sanderson up top due to an accumulative red card in the Seattle match.

The Breakers have been striking early on in games and Houston felt their presence right away. In the fifth minute of play Boston took a 1-0 lead off a cross from O'Reilly that reached Katie Schoepfer who buried it past Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod for her third goal of the season.

Great combination passing and quality play had the Breakers in possession the majority of the first half. Houston had their opportunities yet the Breakers defense held strong and as expected a very solid goalkeeping performance by Alyssa Naeher kept Boston with the 1-0 lead at the break.

As the second half got underway Houston came out strong and the dreadful heat seem to be quickly taking the feet from the Breakers. In the 56th minute of play the Dash found their moment to strike. Kelly McFarlane gave a simple touch to rookie forward Ohai who took a rocket shot from just outside the right hand side of the box that sailed past the diving Naeher.

Just before the Breakers restart they subbed on Mollie Pathman for Maddy Evans in the 57th minute. It was Ohai again five minutes later in the 61st minute showing speed that inched her past the Boston defense and forced Naeher with a slit second decision to pull off her line that resulted in a Dash 2-1 lead.

From there Boston brought on Nkem Ezurike in exchange for Bianca D’Agostino (67th minute) and Chelsea Stewart for the lone goal scorer Schoepfer (79th minute). The Breakers continued with intensity and put pressure on Houston’s keeper.   

 In the 82nd minute Houston had a chance to take a 3-1 lead as a cross from Ohai took a deflection off a Breakers defender for a handball in the box to set up the Dash with a penalty shot. Naeher read Ella Masar who stepped up to the spot well and made the smooth save that kept the Breakers still in the game.

The Breakers had one last look to tie the game in stoppage time as forward Jazmine Reeves displayed her speed but McLeod smothered the close-range attempt and Boston fell to the heat of Houston with a 2-1 loss. The Breakers will have one more crack at the Dash in their last game of the season on August 17th at Harvard Stadium.

The Breakers are now (3-12-2) and will travel to Portland and Jeld-Wen Field next Sunday for a 5pm (EST) kickoff time. The last time the two teams met was back in May at Harvard Stadium and Boston gave the Thorns a punishing in a 4-1 win. This game will be the first NWSL to be televised on ESPN2 this 2014 season. Stay tuned to our website at www.bostonbreakers.com as well our social media sites for details.

 

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