Breakers fall to FC Kansas City, unbeaten streak snapped

The Boston Breakers lost their first game of the National Women’s Soccer League season, falling 2-0 on the road Saturday night to FC Kansas City. Goals by Mexican international Renae Cuellar and Lauren Cheney ended Boston’s four-game unbeaten streak.

"As we expected, Kansas City is a good team. They have good players all over the pitch," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "I thought we did a good job early on, creating opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. They were able to find the net first, and that put a little pressure on us."

Cuellar’s goal came in the 18th minute. Played in over the top, the speedy forward collected a pass from Cheney and darted through the Breakers back line. She beat Breakers keeper Cecilia Santiago for the 1-0 lead. Cuellar’s goal tied her with Breakers forward Sydney Leroux and Washington’s Diana Matheson for the league lead in goals scored with four.

Lianne Sanderson eludes FCKC’s Desiree Scott (Photo by John Rieger/FCKC Photos)

FC Kansas City tried doubling its lead in the 38th minute when Kristie Mewis put a shot on goal, but Santiago made a great diving stop on the former Boston College midfielder to keep it at a one-goal margin. The Blues did, however, take a two-goal lead, but it didn’t come until the 64th minute. Casey Loyd’s set piece found former Breaker Lauren Cheney in the box, right in front of Santiago. Cheney bodied it past Santiago for the 2-0 KC lead.

The Breakers had two decent looks on goal in the second half, one in the 69th minute by Kyah Simon, who got off a quick shot near the top of the box, one that nearly caught FC Kansas City keeper Nicole Barnhart off guard. Late in the match, Norwegian international Lisa-Marie Woods took a shot from distance, one that Barnhart handled to preserve her league-leading third shutout of the season.

"They were just better than we were today," Cole said. "But it was a good matchup, and we look forward to getting back on the field and changing the score the next time."

The Breakers return to action Saturday at home against the Washington Spirit. Game time is 7 p.m. ET at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. You can purchase tickets at www.breakerstickets.com.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers vs. FC Kansas City
May 18, 2013
Shawnee Mission Stadium, Overland Park, Kansas
7:35p.m. CT (8:35p.m. ET)
Attendance: 4,362
68, Partly Cloudy
Scoring Summary
Boston Breakers
FC Kansas City
Scorer (Assist)
Renae Cuellar (Lauren Cheney)
17th Minute
Cheney (Casey Loyd)
64th Minute
 1-Barnhart Goalkeeper; 9-Matthias Right Back, 14-Sesselmann Center Back(20-Kelly 81’), 6-Buczcowski Center Back, 13-Robinson Left Back; 19-Mewis Right Midfielder (16-Williams 93+’), 7-Loyd Midfielder (8-Jones 79’), 11-Scott Midfielder, 12-Cheney Midfielder, 17-Farrelly Left Midfielder; 10-Cuellar Forward
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
BOS: 22-Santiago, 25-Dragotta (7-Wilkinson 72’), 8-King, 2-Leroux (5-Woods 83’), 11-Lohman, 14-McNeill, 20-Nogueirra, 9-O'Reilly, 10-Sanderson, 12-Schoepfer (17-Simon 55’), 4-Whitehill