Breakers aim to build winning streak

Home match with Washington Spirit this Sunday

(May 31, 2014) – The Boston Breakers get set to host the Washington Spirit at Harvard Stadium this Sunday (kickoff 6.30pm ET) in the last of a five-game stretch of home matches in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Breakers are 2-6-0 following a resounding 4-1 win against current champions Portland Thorns on Wednesday and they will meet a Spirit team this weekend who are 4-4-1.

(May 31, 2014) – The Boston Breakers get set to host the Washington Spirit at Harvard Stadium this Sunday (kickoff 6.30pm ET) in the last of a five-game stretch of home matches in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Breakers are 2-6-0 following a resounding 4-1 win against current champions Portland Thorns on Wednesday and they will meet a Spirit team this weekend who are 4-4-1.

                                               

       In Boston's 4-1 win over Portland last Wednesday longtime Breaker Bianca D’Agostino played a full 90 minutes after sitting the 2013                                                                                        season due to injury. Photo By Mike Gridley

The victory over Portland brought a welcome end to Boston’s four-match losing streak and rookie forward Jazmine Reeves grabbed the headlines with a stunning hat-trick to go with her assist for Nkem Ezurike. Recent Virginia Tech graduate Reeves moved to the top of the Breakers’ scoring chart with her three goals despite only having played 176 minutes so far this season (two starts and two substitute appearances).

Sunday’s game will be the first of four on the road for Washington Spirit and they head into this one off the back of a dramatic 3-2 success at home to Houston Dash on Monday. The Memorial Day win at Maryland SoccerPlex came after midfielder Christine Nairn’s excellent strike from outside the box in the 90th minute.

Diana Matheson and Jodie Taylor were also on target during the game and they lead the Spirit for goals this season. Canadian international midfielder Matheson has five goals (two penalties) and an assist from nine games, while Taylor has struck three times. 21-year-old U.S. international Crystal Dunn leads the way for assists with three and Christine Nairn has two goals and an assist.

The Breakers’ rivalry with Washington goes back to Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) when the franchise was Washington Freedom. The Spirit have 13 points from nine games and are currently 5th in the NWSL standings. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has one shutout so far and has made 33 saves. Head Coach Mark Parsons will be without midfielder Tiffany Weimer (left knee ACL surgery) and defenders Toni Pressley (right knee PCL tear) and Robyn Gayle (concussion).

Jazmine Reeves’ hat-trick for the Breakers against Portland was only the fourth regular-season treble in the franchise’s history. Dagny Mellgren (2003, v Philadelphia Charge), Kyah Simon (2012, v New England Mutiny) and Sydney Leroux (2013, v Chicago Red Stars) were the previous players to achieve the feat.

Head Coach Tom Durkin’s decision to make seven changes last time out proved a success and forward Nkem Ezurike scored her first professional goal on her first start. Bianca D’Agostino played her first full game for the Breakers since 2012 and midfielder Maddy Evans came up with an assist in her first start of the season. After eight games, only goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and defenders Cat Whitehill and Julie King have played the full 720 minutes.

Forward Lisa De Vanna is available for selection again after serving her one-match suspension for her red card against Sky Blue FC. The Australian international had been at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and she sat out the win over Portland on Wednesday due to her ban.

You can keep track of the action from Sunday’s game live on YouTube. Following the Washington Spirit match, the Breakers will take on FC Kansas City on Saturday, June 7th at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium (kickoff 7 p.m. CT). The next home match is on Wednesday, June 11th (kickoff 7 p.m. ET) as the Washington Spirit return to Harvard Stadium. You can purchase tickets for the game from www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.

Boston vs Washington Spirit will be available live on the You Tube link below
 
 

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