The Breakers signed two of their NWSL Supplemental Draft picks. Veteran Katie Schoepfer will return for her third season in Boston, while Joanna Lohman is set to make her Boston Breakers debut. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Joanna Lohman and Katie Schoepfer
With their second pick in the draft (second round, 11th overall), the Breakers selected Schoepfer, the team’s second leading scorer in 2012 and fourth leading scorer in WPSL Elite with seven goals and six assists. She formed the most dynamic scoring duo last year in WPSL Elite with Australian striker Kyah Simon, who also returns this season. The two combined for 19 goals and 8 assists in 2012.
"I’m extremely excited to be back with the Breakers this season. Boston is a great sports town, and I am very grateful and honored to be a part of it again," Schoepfer said. "We always have the best fans in the league, and I have loved playing in front of them for the last two seasons. The amount of support I’ve received in the past few weeks is really amazing, and I can’t wait for all my teammates to get into Boston so we can get this season started."
This is Schoepfer’s third season with the Breakers. She debuted for Boston during the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season and finished the campaign with two goals and two assists in 13 games.
Schoepfer, a 24-year-old Waterford, Conn., native, has national team experience with the U.S. U-23 and U-17 teams. She was an All-American at Penn State University and made her professional soccer debut in 2010 with Sky Blue FC in WPS.
"I’m really excited having Shep back," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "She’s really improved as a player. I think she’s added to her game. She’s always been a goal scorer. The last couple of years, she’s evolved and tweaked her fitness. She’s creating opportunities for her teammates, and we saw that last year (playing alongside) Kyah. I’m also excited to have Sydney Leroux be the beneficiary of Shep’s hard work."
Lohman, the Breakers first pick in the Supplemental Draft and No. 3 selection overall, comes to Boston having recently played for the DC United Women in the USL W-League and for Spanish SuperLiga side RCD Espanyol. Like Schoepfer, Lohman played her college soccer at Penn State, where she was the school’s first-ever four-time First Team All-Big Team selection.
"The Boston Breakers are a well-established organization that have amassed a passionate fan base. I am thrilled to become a part of this group and add to what is a very talented roster," Lohman said. "With the roster the Breakers have worked hard to build, I am confident we will compete for the league title in the 2013 season and will have a lot of fun doing so. I have really missed having a women’s professional soccer league in the United States, and I am certain with the support of the federations from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., this NWSL season will only be the first in a very long and bright future."
Lohman is also looking forward to coming to Boston for the atmosphere both on and off the field.
"Boston is a city which possesses intellectual vibrance with a strong sport culture," she said. "It will be a city of incredible potential as we strive to make an impact both on and off the field."
Lohman has seven caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team and played professionally with the Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence in (WPS), where she was one of the team’s leading scorers (five goals in 2010). The 30-year-old Silver Spring, Md., native provides versatility and leadership, Cole said.
"Jo brings a lot of experience to our team," Cole noted. "Every team she’s been on, she’s a fan favorite. She has a lot of leadership. She finds a role within every team she’s been a part of, and she’s made a difference. And she’ll help us in that holding midfielder role."