April 27, 2014 - Lianne Sanderson factored into all three goals Sunday night at Harvard Stadium, giving the Breakers their first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over Sky Blue FC.
For Sanderson, it was her first two goals of the 2014 season. Defender Julie King scored her first professional goal and also assisted on one of Sanderson's tallies. Sanderson provided the assist on King's goal. The Breakers improved to 1-2-0 on the season.
"It feels good. It's good to win. I think we have a lot more soccer in us," Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin said. "Effort and attitude, they were a 10 out of 10, and the goals were good."
The Breakers opened up the scoring in the 13th minute. Mollie Pathman's corner kick fell to Sanderson 25 yards from goal. Sanderson's shot was diverted home by King to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Lisa De Vanna nearly made it a 2-0 game when she went through on goal and one on one with Sky Blue FC keeper Jill Loyden, but she lifted her shot just wide of the post.
Lianne Sanderson scored two goals and had one assist Sunday night (Photo By Mike Gridley)
Sky Blue FC equalized in the 29th minute. Monica Ocampo took a pass from Taylor Lytle on the counter attack, got around Breakers defender Ashley Grove, and hit it over keeper Alyssa Naeher, who raced to the top of the box to challenge Ocampo. Two minutes before halftime, the Breakers took their second lead of the night. Sanderson lifted it over Loyden off a pass from King in the 43rd minute, giving Boston a 2-1 advantage. Sanderson struck again, this time in the 60th minute. She buried a shot past Loyden from the edge of the box, making it a 3-1 game.
Lisa De Vanna fends off Sky Blue FC's Taylor Lytle in Sunday's win (Photo By Mike Gridley)
Sky Blue FC threatened late in the match and pulled one back in stoppage time. Ashley Nick scored off a header, originating from a Katy Freels' corner kick.
Following the match, Durkin talked about the changes he implemented and how they helped lead the Breakers to their first win of the season.
"Out of the run of play, we changed Jaz (Avant) and Julie (King). We tried to really look at the matchups and how we could get the most out of those two players," Durkin said. "We brought Julie into the game more for an attacking standpoint. She had a little more space, and Jaz, it was a good speed matchup, and she really did a good job defensively. And Ashley, we knew we could ask her to mark a certain player. She really did a good job marking. We asked Jo (Lohman) to play just behind the line of the ball and we gridded out an area for her, and she was really effective today. We improved our assignments, and improved our positioning. The other goal was to get Lianne, Heather (O'Reilly), and Lisa (De Vanna) closer together around the ball, and I think we were a foot shy of five or six goals today."
"The most imporant thing was that we won," Sanderson said after the match. "Coming off the back of two losses, it's not easy. But it's important to keep believing in each other and the team and what Tom's trying to do, and I think we all bought into what Tom's trying to do, and we all believe in each other."
"I felt like we got off to a good start in this game," King added. "We stuck with it. We wanted to get a streak going tonight. It's important to get that first win. I think everyone was really on board with that mindset."
The Breakers hit the road Saturday, May 3, to face Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. before returning home to meet the Chicago Red Stars on Thursday, May 15. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.