By Kathryn Leeber
(Aug. 19, 2017) — The Boston Breakers were defeated by the Orlando Pride, 2-1, at Jordan Field in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,321 Saturday afternoon. The Breakers got a goal in second half stoppage time when midfielder Amanda Da Costa converted a penalty kick.
“What more could we have done on the pitch today. I thought the game plan worked. We frustrated them, and they didn’t really break us down,” said Boston head coach Matt Beard. “We crashed some good chances in the first half on the counter attack, which was our plan.”
Boston’s first chance came in the fourth minute when they were awarded a corner kick. Morgan Andrews sent the ball in and found Ifeoma Onumonu, but Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dive to stop the shot.
The Breakers (3-9-7) took another corner kick, and Angela Salem was able to get a shot off, but a Pride defender deflected it.
Orlando (8-6-5) defender Alanna Kennedy had a shot from the top of the box in the eighth minute, but the ball went wide of the net. The team followed with a corner kick and the ball was cleared, but the Pride gathered the rebound and sent the ball in to Alex Morgan. In front of the goal, Morgan was able to send the ball past Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith to take a 1-0 lead for the Pride.
A minute later, Amanda Frisbie made a run and tried to send the ball to Onumonu, but Harris was there to grab the ball.
The Pride were awarded another corner kick, which was taken by Camila. She sent it in again to Morgan, but the ball was cleared. Orlando found the ball and went for the second chance attempt, but Smith made the save.
With most of Boston’s chances coming from corner kicks, the team looked to tie the game when it was given another corner, but Harris jumped up to stop the ball in the 21st minute.
Five minutes later, the Pride had a chance to double their lead when Marta received the ball and sent off running. As she passed the ball off her back foot to Camila, Morgan ran near the net and received the pass. She took a running shot, but Smith was there to save it.
Margaret Purce ran up the sideline in the 32nd minute and attempted a cross to Onumono, but the ball just missed her feet.
Orlando took off to start the second half as Morgan tried to find Marta, but the pass was too strong and Marta could not reach it. The Pride followed up with a corner kick, but Smith was able to punch the ball out to clear it.
In the 57th minute, Frisbie gathered the ball and sent it towards the goal, but it went to the left of the net. Onumono had another chance for the Breakers directly after, and her shot went above the goal.
Following a foul, Orlando was given a free kick, which resulted in a goal. Camila sent the pass into Morgan, who went one-on-one with Smith and was able to find the top corner of the net to extend the Pride’s lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute.
“Three games in seven days, it’s tough. We took the stance today to be a little bit more compact, and I thought it worked,” said Beard.
After a back-and-forth game in the remaining minutes of the second half, the Breakers’ goal came in the form of a penalty kick in the fourth minute of additional time. Adriana Leon was fouled inside the box and Da Costa took the penalty kick. In her last game, she sent the ball past Harris to put Boston on the board, ending the game at 2-1.
Speaking about Da Costa and her impact, Beard said: “She’s a good mentor for people like Morgan (Andrews) and Rose (Lavelle), the younger players, because she’s been abroad, she’s played in a European championship, and I’m pleased for her that she’s managed to do that at the end of her career. Whatever she does, she’s going to be very good at it.”
The Breakers travel to New Jersey to take on Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field next Saturday (Aug. 26) at 7 p.m. ET. The team will return home on Saturday, September 10 against the Portland Thorns at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
The Breakers head to New Jersey Saturday, Aug. 26, to take on Sky Blue FC before visiting Orlando Sept. 2. They return home Sept. 10 to face Portland Thorns FC (6 p.m. ET). Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Midfielder Amanda Da Costa played in her final game, having announced her retirement from soccer on Friday … Da Costa converted a penalty in second half stoppage time. It was her first goal as a Breaker.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride
Date: Aug. 19, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 1 1
ORL 1 1 2
ORL – Alex Morgan – 8’
ORL – Alex Morgan (Camila) – 73’
BOS – Amanda Da Costa (PK) – 90 + 8’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 4-Megan Oyster, 8-Julie King (C), 2-Allysha Chapman (19-Adriana Leon, 64), 21-Margaret Purce; 26-Angela Salem, 25-Morgan Andrews (5-Amanda Da Costa, 75), 10-Rosie White; 17-Amanda Frisbie, 23-Katie Stengel (9-Natasha Dowie, 72), 22-Ifeoma Onumonu
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Joe Prudhomme, 18-Tiffany Weimer
Head Coach: Matt Beard
ORL: 24-Ashley Harris; 7-Steph Catley, 21-Monica, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Kristen Edmonds; 17-Dani Weatherholt, 9-Camila, 14-Alanna Kennedy; 10-Marta (15-Rachel Hill, 83), 13-Alex Morgan, 6-Chioma Ubogagu (23-Jasmyne Spencer, 66, 4-Jamia Fields, 73)
Subs not used: 19-Aubrey Bledsoe, 3-Toni Pressley, 20-Nickolette Driesse, 8-Danica Evans
Head Coach: Tom Sermanni
Stats Summary: BOS / ORL
Shots: 8 / 16
Shots on goal: 1 / 7
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 17 / 11
Offside: 0 / 2
ORL – Alanna Kennedy (caution, 24)
BOS – Allysha Chapman (caution, 52)
ORL – Steph Catley (caution, 58)
BOS – Morgan Andrews (caution, 71)
BOS – Julie King (caution, 90+)
Referee: Gustavo Solorio
Assistant Referee 1: Gjovalin Bori
Assistant Referee 2: Ian McKay
Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder