Breakers come back to earn point against Seattle on the road

(July 15, 2017) ­— The Boston Breakers came back from a one-goal deficit to earn a crucial point on the road, drawing 1-1 with Seattle Reign FC Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. With the tie, the Breakers extended their unbeaten steak to four.

Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when Nahomi Kawasumi chipped Breakers keeper Abby Smith from just outside the box. Smith, who made her first appearance since June 17, looked sharp early on despite giving up the goal. She made four saves in the first 30 minutes.

The Breakers countered in the 43rd minute. Defender Christen Westphal served in a great ball to Adriana Leon at the back post. Leon hit it past Seattle keeper Seattle keeper Haley Kopmeyer to tie the game at 1-1. For Leon, it was her third goal of the season.

Both teams threatened in the first half prior to scoring. Smith made a great stop on Lindsay Elston in the 13th minute, and Kopmeyer robbed Tiffany Weimer of a goal in the 26th minute, diving to stop a shot from close range.

Tied 1-1 heading into the second half, both teams looked for the go-ahead and potential game-winning goal, but to no avail. Smith’s lone save of the second half came early and it was a great one at that, denying the Reign a goal just a minute into the final 45 minutes.

In the 68th minute, Weimer sent a ball out wide to Rosie White, who sprinted to track it down before sending a ball into the box. Leon tried getting on the end of it, but Kopmeyer met her there and denied a shot. Four minutes later, Margaret Purce burst through the midfield and darted toward goal before getting off a shot, which was deflected just wide for a corner.

Down the other end of the field and just one minute later, Kawasumi tried going for her second goal of the evening, but Smith was up to the task, stopping a shot well off her line to keep the game even at 1-1.

The Breakers (3-6-5) moved up to eighth place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings with the tie. Seattle (5-3-6) are in fifth place after the draw.

The Breakers head to Houston July 22 for their next game (8:30 p.m. ET kickoff) and return home on Friday, Aug. 4 as they face FC Kansas City at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

Notes: The Breakers extended their unbeaten streak to four games, the longest such streak since 2013, which they accomplished twice during that season … Defender and captain Julie King made her 101st appearance for the Breakers. King is now just one appearance behind Kristine Lilly (102) for most all-time in franchise history … Defender Christen Westphal earned her first professional assist. Westphal, who scored one goal as a rookie in 2016, assisted on Adriana Leon’s goal in the 43rd minute tonight.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers at Seattle Reign FC

Date: July 15, 2017

Venue: Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Wash.

Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET

Attendance: 3,730

Weather: 75 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                       1              0              1

SEA                        1              0              1

SEA – Nahomi Kawasumi – 32’

BOS – Adriana Leon (Christen Westphal) – 43’

Lineups:

BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 20-Christen Westphal (3-Brooke Elby, 71), 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 17-Amanda Frisbie; 26 Angela Salem, 25-Morgan Andrews, 10-Rosie White; 19-Adriana Leon, 9-Natasha Dowie (23-Katie Stengel, 80), 18-Tiffany Weimer (21-Margaret Purce, 68)

Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

SEA: 28-Hayley Kopmeyer; 13-Rebekah Stott, 19-Kristen McNabb, 3-Lauren Barnes, 16-Carson Pickett; 6-Lindsay Elston, 2-Christine Nairn, 20-Rumi Utsugi; 36-Nahomi Kawasumi (33-Katie Johnson, 79), 9-Merritt Mathias (17-Beverly Yanez, 68), 15-Megan Rapinoe

Subs not used: 24-Madalyn Schiffel, 26-Maddie Bauer, 5-Kiersten Dallstream, 7-Elli Reed, 22-Michaela Hahn

Head Coach: Laura Harvey

Stats Summary: BOS / SEA

Shots: 10 / 15

Shots on goal: 3 / 6

Saves:  5 / 2

Corner Kicks: 5 / 6

Fouls:  10 / 5

Offside: 3 / 5

Misconduct Summary:

NONE

Officials:

Referee: Ramy Touchan

Assistant Referee 1: Maggie Short

Assistant Referee 2: Walter Heatherly

Fourth Official: JJ Blodgett