(June 17, 2017) – The Boston Breakers got a late goal from Canadian forward Adriana Leon, but came up on the short end of a 3-1 game against the North Carolina Courage Saturday night on the road.
On a muggy night in front of 3,780 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., the Breakers fell behind 3-0 in the first half before getting one back in the 73rd minute from Leon.
The Courage (7-3-0) opened the scoring in the third minute. Sam Mewis played in Kristen Hamilton, who put a shot on goal, just beating a diving Abby Smith to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. The Courage took a 2-0 lead in the 13th minute. It began on a corner kick, which landed in the box and on the head of Abby Erceg. The New Zealand international headed it on goal, but Smith made a tremendous diving save to deny Erceg. The ball came back out, where Ashley Hatch slid a pass across to Hamilton, who scored her second goal of the game.
The Breakers (2-5-2) tried shifting momentum in their favor and finished with five attempts on goal in the first half. In the 35th minute, Smith took a free kick from just before midfield, placing it right into the box, but the Courage cleared it from danger. Three minutes later, Natasha Dowie sent a cross in for Rosie White, whose header was inches away from landing on frame.
Less than a minute later, the Courage took a 3-0 lead when Ashley Hatch hit it from 20 yards out, beating Smith. The Breakers countered with a free kick, in the 41st minute from Morgan Andrews, that went just over the bar.
In the second half, the Breakers had the better of possession and tried cutting the three-goal deficit. That moment came in the 73rd minute when Leon came in from the left of North Carolina keeper Katleyn Rowland. Her cross, intended for Dowie at the back post, curled into goal, giving the Breakers their first goal of the match. It was Leon’s second goal of the season.
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: Defender and captain Julie King moved into second all-time in franchise appearances. Tonight marked her 96th appearance for the Breakers. King is now just six appearances behind Kristine Lilly for most all-time in franchise history. King debuted for the Breakers on May 20, 2012, a 3-0 win on the road against ASA Chesapeake Charge in WPSL Elite … Rookie midfielder Morgan Andrews made her first professional start. Her previous five appearances were off the bench.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at North Carolina Courage
Date: June 17, 2017
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 1 1
NC 3 0 3
NC – Kristen Hamilton (Samantha Mewis) – 3’
NC – Kristen Hamilton (Ashley Hatch) – 13’
NC – Ashley Hatch (Samantha Mewis) – 38’
BOS – Adriana Leon (Natasha Dowie) – 73’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 8-Julie King (C), 20-Christen Westphal, 4-Megan Oyster, 3-Brooke Elby; 26-Angela Salem (5-Amanda Da Costa, 68), 25-Morgan Andrews, 10-Rose White; 7-Emilie Haavi (21-Margaret Purce, 57); 9-Natasha Dowie, 19-Adriana Leon (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 82)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 17-Amanda Frisbie, 18-Tiffany Weimer, 30-Kylie Strom
Head Coach: Matt Beard
NC: 0-Katelyn Rowland; 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 6-Abby Erceg, 11-Taylor Smith, 15-Jaelene Hinkle; 10-Debinha (25-Meredith Speck, 80), 3-Makenzy Doniak (26-Samantha Witteman, 69), 5-Samantha Mewis, 7-McCall Zerboni; 12-Ashley Hatch, 23-Kristen Hamilton (22-Stephanie Ochs, 87)
Subs not used: 1-Sabrina D’Angelo, 4-Elizabeth Eddy, 14-Lynn Williams, 9-Jessica McDonald
Head Coach: Paul Riley
Stats Summary: BOS / NC
Shots: 9 / 17
Shots on goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 14
Offside: 2 / 0
BOS – Rosie White (caution, 80’)
Referee: Elvis Osmanovic
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed
Assistant Referee 2: Justin Howard
Fourth Official: Aaron Gallagher