Boston Breakers College Academy Assistant Coach Andy Coppola reflects on the team’s first season in the WPSL.
By Ciara Lawrence
The Boston Breakers College Academy season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Empire Revs in the conference playoffs. They ended their debut Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season with a 6-3-2 record.
BBCA was able to control much of the possession in the first half, dictating the pace of the game but were unable to capitalize resulting in a 0-0 score at the half.
In the second half, the Empire Revs took advantage of a turnover and started their counter attack at the midfield, which resulted in a goal. Empire Revs continued their defensive pressure and was able to force another turnover, which resulted in a 2-0 lead for the opponent. Down 2-0, BBCA changed their formation and Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College), scoring her 16th goal of the season, was able to cute the margin to 2-1. The Empire Revs added an insurance goal late in the game to seal the win, 3-1.
For the season, McCaffrey led the team with 16 goals and one assist followed by Stephanie Ribeiro (UConn), who added three goals and one assist.
“I was very pleased with the skill sets of the players on the team, and their ability to play a patient control and possession style of play,” Assistant Coach Andy Coppola said. The mission was to provide high level training for local college players, both in games and in training sessions.
"We (the team) felt like we received first class treatment from the Boston Breakers management as a whole, as they were in constant communication with us not only on game days, but all throughout the season.”