By Nichole Paolino
(Aug. 15, 2017) – After a weekend away, the Boston Breakers are back home this Wednesday – Aug. 16 - to face the Houston Dash at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff).
The Breakers have played two matches in August so far, and both have ended in draws. Both games, FC Kansas City on Aug. 4 at home and the Washington Spirit Aug. 12 on the road, ended in a 2-2 draw. The Breakers look to grab three points this Wednesday against the visiting Houston Dash.
“We’ve already had two closely contested games with Houston, one a tie and one a defeat,“ Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “This is a game we need to get maximum points from. We’ve had five ties, one defeat, and one win out of our last seven games. We just need to turn some of these ties into wins.”
The Breakers sit in ninth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 3-7-7 record and 16 points. The Houston Dash are in seventh place with a 6-9-2 record and 20 points. Boston is one point behind eighth-place FC Kansas City and tied on points with 10th-place Washington Spirit. The Dash head into Wednesday coming off a 1-0 loss to FC Kansas City.
After scoring a brace against the Spirit Aug. 12, Adriana Leon now has a team-best five goals and is tied for fifth for goals in the NWSL. Additionally, Leon has four assists, making her tied for fourth in the NWSL. Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) and Rosie White (three goals, one assist) add to the Breakers attack. Goalkeeper Abby Smith continues to stay solid, making nine saves in the last match against the Spirit, one save worthy of a save of the week nomination.
Houston is led by defender Poliana with four goals and two assists. Adding to the attack for the Dash is Rachel Daly (three goals, two assists) and Nichelle Prince (three goals). As a team, the Dash are second in the league for shots with 202, 101 of them being on goal, and have only scored 17 goals this season. The Dash have conceded 26 goals and lost nine games out of 10 when conceding first.
After Wednesday’s matchup, the Breakers are home again to face the Orlando Pride on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Boston will head down the coast to play Sky Blue FC the following Saturday (Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ET) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.