Breakers blank Orlando in front of sold-out crowd at home

(July 31, 2016) – The Boston Breakers got a goal from England international Natasha Dowie in her NWSL debut to take a 1-0 win over the expansion Orlando Pride in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,379 Sunday night at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

(July 31, 2016) – The Boston Breakers got a goal from England international Natasha Dowie in her NWSL debut to take a 1-0 win over the expansion Orlando Pride in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,379 Sunday night at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

It didn’t take long for Dowie to work her magic, scoring just 10 minutes into the match. She intercepted a back pass from Orlando at the top of the 18 and then slotted it past Pride keeper Kaitlyn Savage to put the Breakers ahead, 1-0.

“I just wanted to help the team get the win. I’ve been watching every game, and they’ve been so close. So for me, first and foremost, I wanted to work hard and help the team win. To get a goal, even better,” Dowie said. “I’m so excited to be involved with the Boston Breakers. I feel privileged to be honest. I’m absolutely buzzing to get three points for the girls.”

Orlando tried threatening a few times, but the Breakers gave them little to no room for opportunities. In the 22nd minute, Kassey Kallman cleared out a free kick from close range. In the 33rd minute, Katie Schoepfer dispossessed Jasymne Spencer in front of goal. Four minutes later, a free kick from Orlando’s Kristen Edmonds ricocheted off a Breakers player and headed towards goal, but it hit the post.

In the second half, the Pride went at the Breakers defenders, but had no luck. Edmonds hit a free kick from just outside the box in the 48th minute, but Julie King leapt up to head it clear. In the 72nd minute, Brooke Elby headed the ball off the line to keep the Breakers out in front.

The Breakers nearly netted a second goal late in the match. Stephanie Verdoia came into the box and laid it off for Rachel Wood, but Wood’s shot went just wide of Savage in the 88th minute.

Heading into the Olympic break with a win is just what Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard was looking for.

“I’m pleased we got the clean sheet and got another three points,” he said. “It means we can go into this break with a positive frame of mind. We’ve got to play Houston twice, so we can still catch them. We’ve got Western New York here twice, and then we’ve got Portland and Kansas away, so there are still plenty of points for us to play for and pick up.”

The Breakers return to action Sunday, Aug. 28 (6 p.m. ET), facing FC Kansas City on the road. They return home on Wednesday, Aug. 31, hosting the Houston Dash (8 p.m. ET). Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting

Notes: Natasha Dowie scored her first NWSL goal and it came on her debut … Jami Kranich recorded the third shutout of her professional career (first this season) … The Breakers snapped a five-game losing streak and seven-game unbeaten streak with tonight’s win … The shutout was Boston’s second of the season. The first came at home on May 22, 2016, a 1-0 win over FC Kansas City.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers vs. Orlando Pride

Date: July 31, 2016

Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.

Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET

Attendance: 4,379

Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy


Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                       1             0             1

ORL                       0             0             0

BOS – Natasha Dowie – 10’


BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 21-Christen Westphal, 8-Julie King, 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby (30-Kylie Strom, 79); 26-Angela Salem, 88-Katie Schoepfer (3-Elise Krieghoff, 68), 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 9-Natasha Dowie (24-Rachel Wood, 81), 10-Louise Schillgard

Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 27-Eunice Beckmann, 29-Ghoutia Karchouni

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

ORL: 25-Kaitlyn Savage; 2-Cami Levin, 6-Kaylyn Kyle, 3-Toni Pressley, 12-Kristen Edmonds; 14-Becky Edwards (C), 18-Maddy Evans, 17-Dani Weatherholt; 26-Samantha Witteman (11-Christina Burkenroad, 73), 23-Jasmyne Spencer, 4-Jamia Fields

Subs not used: 22-Megan Dorsey, 20-Kim Reynolds, 15-Allie Wisner, 24-Sierra Lelii

Head Coach: Tom Sermanni


Stats Summary: BOS / ORL

Shots: 7 / 2

Shots on Goal: 2 / 0

Saves: 0 / 1

Corner Kicks: 4 / 2

Fouls: 9 / 7

Offside: 2 / 8


Misconduct Summary:

BOS: Louise Schillgard (caution, 29’)

ORL: Toni Pressley (caution, 90’)



Referee: Leszek Stalmach

Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed

Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinner

Fourth Official: Alexandria White

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