- By Meg Kelly
(Aug. 7, 2015) - The Boston Breakers will take the pitch on Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for the last time this season, as they take on the Washington Spirit Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
Boston fell to 3-10-3 overall Wednesday in Portland, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Thorns at Providence Park. Portland notched its first goal in the 16th minute when Tobin Heath found Jodie Taylor to take an early lead. Boston tied it up at one a cross by Stephanie McCaffrey that was redirected by Portland’s Kat Williamson for the own goal.
The hosts scored three goals in a five-minute span to open the second half. McCall Zerboni netted the first two, while Mana Shin and Allie Long furthered the lead. Kristie Mewis delivered her career-high sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
Kristie Mewis scoring her fifth goal of the season, last Saturday against Seattle (Photo By Mike Gridley)
For Mewis, the goal was the 10th of her NWSL career and first one on the road this season. Her previous five goals have come at home. Including her loan stint at IGA FC Kunoichi last fall, Mewis has scored 11 goals in her last 21 games (five in five games in Japan in late 2014; six in 16 NWSL games in 2015)
Washington comes into Saturday’s match with 24 points and sits third overall in the NWSL table, owning a 7-4-3 record. The Spirit are coming off a 3-1 win against the Houston Dash last Saturday. Crystal Dunn scored three goals in a 20-minute span and subsequently earned her fourth NWSL Player of the Week honor for her performance.
Dunn leads the league with 12 goals and two assists and has scored seven of last 10 Spirit goals. Christine Narin follows Dunn with five goals and has also a pair of assists. Ashlyn Harris made six saves in the win over Houston and earned her first victory in this season for Washington after returning from World Cup duty.
The Breakers are 3-1-4 all-time against the Spirit in the NWSL. In the last meeting between the two clubs, the Breakers fought back to earn a 1-1 draw on the road, courtesy of Maddy Evans’ first professional goal. It came June 6 in Washington, giving Boston its first road point of the season.
After Saturday’s contest against Washington, Boston will have two weeks off before closing out the season on the road. Boston’s final three matches are at Kansas City on Aug. 22, Seattle on Aug. 26, and the finale will be at Houston on Aug. 30.
Season tickets for 2016 are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or visiting www.breakerstickets.com.