Vote each home game this season for the Boston Breakers Player of the Game, Sponsored by Steward Health Care
(April 25, 2016) - The Boston Breakers title sponsor, Steward Health Care, is once again giving Breakers fans a chance to vote for the Player of the Game for all 10 Breakers home games in 2016.
Fans can vote on Twitter using the hashtag #StewardMVP up until the 85th minute of every home match. The player that receives the most votes will be named Steward Health Care’s Player of the Game.
Steward Health Care will provide the Player of the Game with $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
Below is the list of players who have won the award this season and the charities they have selected to make the $1,000 donation.
Home Game 1 – Breakers vs. Seattle Reign FC (April 24, 2016)
Mollie Pathman – The third-year Breaker earned her 40th career start for Boston and played 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Seattle. The left back was relentless in her defending and created several opportunities for the Breakers going forward. Pathman chose The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina as her charity.
Home Game 2 - Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC (May 1, 2016)
Abby Smith - The rookie goalkeeper from the University of Texas made her professional debut and finished the match with four spectacular saves, including a diving stop on Meghan Klingenberg from the top of the box. Smith chose the Boys and Girls Club of Boston as her charity.
Home Game 3 - Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars (May 7, 2016)
Julie King - The veteran defender played 90 minutes at right back and played a strong game both on the back line and going forward, nearing scoring a goal in the first half off a header in a close, 1-0 loss to Chicago. For King, it was her 74th appearance for the Breakers, pulling to within two of tying Angela Hucles for fourth all-time in franchise history. King chose Rosie's Place in Boston as her charity.
Home Game 4 - Breakers vs. FC Kansas City (May 22, 2016)
Whitney Engen - Defender and captain Whitney Engen scored the game-winning goal, a header off a corner kick from Kristie Mewis, in the 19th minute. It was Boston's first goal of the year and resulted in the team's first victory of 2016. Engen played all 90 minutes in the win. Engen chose Peace Passers as her charity.
Home Game 5 - Breakers vs. Washington Spirit (June 10, 2016)
Brooke Elby - Defender Brooke Elby played her strongest game of the season, constantly pestering the Washington attack in Boston's 1-1 draw against the first-place Spirit. Elby played 85 minutes in the match and drew the penalty that led to the game-tying goal. Elby chose to make a donation to the Orlando Fund.
Home Game 6 - Breakers vs. Sky Blue (July 17, 2016)
Mollie Pathman - Defender Mollie Pathman played in her final professional match, having announced her retirement from the game just two days prior in order to pursue a career in the medical field. Pathman was a force all over the field in the 3-2 loss, logging 90 minutes in her final game. Pathman chose The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina as her charity.
Home Game 7 - Breakers vs. Orlando Pride (July 31, 2016)
Natasha Dowie - Forward Natasha Dowie made her NWSL debut a memorable one, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Breakers in a 1-0 win over the expansion Orlando Pride. Dowie, who played 81 minutes in her first game, scored in the 10th minute, intercepting a back pass and beating Orlando keeper Kaitlyn Savage for the win. Dowie chose the Susan G. Komen Foundation as her charity.