Four goals by Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College) brought Boston Breakers College Academy back from a 2-0 deficit Saturday to beat the Seacoast Phantoms, 4-3, and in so doing earn a spot in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) playoffs.
By Ciara Lawrence
Four goals by Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College) brought Boston Breakers College Academy (6-2-2) back from a 2-0 deficit Saturday to beat the Seacoast Phantoms, 4-3, and in so doing earn a spot in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) playoffs. McCaffrey is second in the league in goals scored with 15. In the victory Saturday, Paige Radomski (Assumption College) and Jennifer Coppola (University of Massachusetts Amherst) each notched their second assist of the season.
Leading up to Saturday’s win, the Breakers drew, 2-2, with Boston Aztec. McCaffrey and Megan McGoldrick (Boston University) both scored. For McGoldrick, it was her second of the season. Aztec tied the match in the 93rd minute. On Saturday, June 29, the Breakers traveled to Central Connecticut State University for a match against the Connecticut Football Club Passion, which resulted in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss.
Down 1-0 in the second half, Marie Margolius (Harvard University) put away a loose ball on a pass from Radomski for the equalizer. The Breakers were then awarded a penalty kick when Meg Cascells-Hamby (Harvard University) was taken down inside the box after a crossover move beat her defender. Casey Morrison took the PK and put the Breakers up 2-1.
CFC countered back and won turnovers and played counterattacks very quickly resulting in two goals and a 3-2 lead. The Passion were awarded a direct free kick 25 yards out and dropped it in the lower right corner for the game winner.
Rebecca Rees (Hamilton College) was able to bring the Breakers within a goal when she scored after a hard shot by Cascells-Hamby, which rebounded off a CFC player.
“Megan Cascells-Hamby (Harvard) played in her first match of the season and played very well, having (scored) two of our goals,” Assistant Coach Andy Coppola said.
The Breakers begin their WPSL playoff run this weekend, taking on Empire Revs WNY (8-2 record) in Buffalo.