Breakers beat Portland in thriller at home

(May 16, 2015) – The Boston Breakers got at goal in the final seconds of the match from midfielder Kristie Mewis to take a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Portland Thorns FC in front of 2,669 fans at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday in Allston, Mass.

(May 16, 2015) – The Boston Breakers got at goal in the final seconds of the match from midfielder Kristie Mewis to take a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Portland Thorns FC in front of 2,669 fans at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday in Allston, Mass.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

In the 93rd minute, Portland keeper Michelle Betos raced off her line to try and beat Maddy Evans to the ball at the top of the 18, but the collision sent both players to the ground and the ball popped up to Mewis. After chesting it down, Mewis chipped the ball over Betos, who raced back, but to no avail. For Mewis, it was her first goal of the season. For the Breakers, it snapped a two-game losing streak.

“I thought (we) did a really good job. These games are important to us because it’s really a chance for our team to grow and play together while other teams aren’t at full strength, which is going to give us confidence,” Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “They caught us by surprise the first game (4-1 loss April 9 in Portland). We were highly motivated to play at home.”

Lauren Lazo, right, made her professional debut Saturday night (Photo By Mike Gridley)

Keeper Jami Kranich, making her second professional start, was up to the task when she was called upon, recording three saves to earn her first victory and first shutout at the professional level.

The Breakers (2-3-0, 6 points) had a handful of chances in the first half, sending in one cross after another, but nothing fell their way. Mewis had a chance to make it a 1-0 game in the 20th minute, but her header off a cross from Mollie Pathman was knocked out by Emily Menges. Mewis had another great look on goal in the 36th minute, but her shot from 20 yards out hit the crossbar.

 

The Thorns (2-1-2, 8 points) threatened twice in the 36th minute, both from Ayo Añonma. Her first shot, which came from a tight angle to the left of Kranich, came within inches of giving Portland the lead. However, Kranich got her fingertips on the ball to clear it from danger. Seconds later, Añonma took a shot on goal from 10 yards out, but it was no bother for Kranich.

Despite getting off seven shots in the first half, none went directly on goal for the Breakers. That changed just minutes into the second half when Stephanie McCaffrey rattled Betos from the top of the 18 in the 48th minute, but Betos came up with the stop. McCaffrey would get another good look at Betos, this time in the 61st minute. Nkem Ezurike played a ball into the box for McCaffrey, who took a crack at it from a tight angle at the near post, but couldn’t beat Betos.

Neither team threatened again until Mewis scored the game-winner in injury time.

“Mewis I cant say enough about,” Durkin said. “To see that thing ripple down in the back of the net, we were over the moon.”

The Breakers return to action Friday, May 22 to face Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET), when they will retire Leslie Osborne’s No. 12 jersey and induct the former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder into the Pillars of Excellence. That match is followed by a home game against FC Kansas City on Sunday, May 30. To purchase tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com.

Notes: Lauren Lazo made her first professional appearance and start tonight. The right back out of Princeton was signed by the Breakers Thursday … The shutout was Boston’s first clean sheet since Aug. 17, 2014, when the Breakers beat the Houston Dash, 1-0, at home on a goal from Kristie Mewis … The win moves Boston into sixth place in the NWSL, one point behind Seattle Reign FC and the Washington Spirit, who are tied for fourth place.

MATCH REPORT

Match: Boston Breakers at Portland Thorns FC

Date: May 16, 2015

Venue: Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, Allston, Mass.

Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET

Attendance: 2,669

Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy

Lineups

BOS: Jami Kranich, Lauren Lazo, Julie King (C), Kassey Kallman (C), Mollie Pathman, Amy Barczuk, Katie Schoepfer (C), Kristie Mewis, Rafinha (Suzane Pires, 83), Stephanie McCaffrey (Maddy Evans, 77), Nkem Ezurike (Morgan Marlborough, 62)

Subs not used: Che Brown, Stephanie Verdoia, Rachel Wood

PTFC: Michelle Betos, Kendall Johnson, Kat Williamson, Courtney Niemiec, Emily Menges (Hanna Terry, 92), Kate Bennett (Taylor Comeau, 46), McCall Zerboni, Sinead Farrelly, Allie Long, Meleana Shim, Genoveva Anonma (Sarah Jackson, 68)

Subs not used: Kelsey Haycook, Emily Kruger

GOALS                                               1          2          F

Boston (2-3-0)                                    0          1          1

Portland (2-1-2)                                    0          0          0

SCORING SUMMARY

Goal    Time   Team             Goal Scorer                           Assist

1          93   Boston          Kristie Mewis           

SHOTS

BOS: 11

PTFC: 5

SHOTS ON GOAL

BOS: 2

PTFC: 3

SAVES

BOS: 3

PTFC: 1

CORNERS

BOS: 4

PTFC: 5

OFFSIDES

BOS: 2

PTFC: 10

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

PTFC: Kat Williamson (caution) 40’, Michelle Betos 92’ (caution)

BOS:                

Referee: Christopher Spivey

Assistant Referees: Hagan Barnett, Kali Langevin

Fourth Official: Amilcar Sicaju

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