(May 19, 2017) – The Boston Breakers got a goal each from Rosie White and Natasha Dowie in a 2-2 tie Friday night against Portland Thorns FC in front of 3,321 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
“It was frustrating. We were in complete control of the game,” said Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard. “We created enough changes to win two games tonight. It’s so frustrating on my end because I think we should’ve got three points last week and three points tonight. But credit to Portland. They kept going.”
Portland got a pair of goals in the second half to get the point. Following tonight’s draw, the Breakers are now in third place in the NWSL table with eight points and a 2-2-2 record. Portland is in second with a 2-1-3 (nine points) mark.
The Breakers threatened a number of times in the first half and kept putting on the pressure throughout the half, getting off six shots total in the first 45 minutes.
Nine minutes in, defender Julie King played in Dowie, who went one-on-one with Portland keeper AD Franch before smashing a shot off the bar. In the 33rd minute, Dowie cracked a shot from distance, nearly forcing Franch into goal. King raced in for the rebound and hit the side netting. Down the other end of the field, Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith made a spectacular diving save on a shot from Nadim in the 25th minute, diving to her left to make the stop.
They finally broke through in the 38th minute. Adriana Leon sent a ball in from the corner, and Dowie got on the end of it, and knocked it in to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead. They took that advantage into the second half and built on it just three minutes in.
This time, Dowie sent the ball into the box from the corner, and White headed it home to put the Breakers up, 2-0, in the 48th minute.
Portland got one back in the 57th minute when Nadia Nadim converted a penalty. They later equalized on Nadim’s second of the game. That goal came in the 83rd minute, assisted by Hayley Raso.
The Breakers hit the road to take on the Portland on Saturday, May 27, at 10 p.m. ET. After away games at Orlando (June 3) and North Carolina (June 17), the Breakers return home Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. ET to face North Carolina at Jordan Field. Tickets to all home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Midfielder Rosie White scored the first goal of her NWSL career … Forward Natasha Dowie scored her team-high third goal of the year and also sixth goal total in 14 games with the Breakers. All six have come at home … Defender and captain Julie King moved closer to second all-time in franchise appearances. Tonight marked her 93rd appearance for the Breakers. She is just two back of Katie Schoepfer for second all-time and nine behind Kristine Lilly for most all-time.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC
Date: May 19, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 1 1 2
POR 0 2 2
BOS – Natasha Dowie (Adriana Leon) – 38’
BOS – Rosie White (Natasha Dowie) – 48’
POR – Nadia Nadim (PK) – 57’
POR – Nadia Nadim (Hayley Raso) 83’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 20-Christen Westphal, 2-Allysha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 11-Rose Lavelle,10-Rose White; 19-Adriana Leon (5-Amanda Da Costa, 75), 9-Natasha Dowie, 21-Margaret Purce (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 81)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 3-Brooke Elby, 30-Kylie Strom, 18-Tiffany Weimer, 25-Morgan Andrews
Head Coach: Matt Beard
POR: 24-AD Franch; 16-Emily Sonnett, 4-Emily Menges, 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 28-Amandine Henry, 20-Celeste Boureille (27-Meghan Cox, 67), 7-Lindsey Horan, 12-Christine Sinclair, 26-Mallory Weber, 21-Hayley Raso; 9-Nadia Nadim
Subs not used: 33-Brett Eckerstrom, 15-Kendall Johnson, 10-Allie Long
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
Stats Summary: BOS / POR
Shots: 13 / 11
Shots on goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 2 / 1
POR – Mallory Weber (caution, 65’)
POR – Meghan Cox (caution, 67’)
BOS – Angela Salem (caution, 90’)
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referee 1: Shane Kennard
Assistant Referee 2: Kali Langevin
Fourth Official: Alexandria White