Breakers come back to beat Thorns

Finish home season Saturday vs. FC Kansas City

 The Breakers came back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring two goals in a 15-minute span to defeat Portland Thorns FC, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,012 Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.

The Breakers came back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring two goals in a 15-minute span to defeat Portland Thorns FC, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,012 Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. The Breakers improved to 7-7-6 on the season, and with Chicago’s loss to Washington, moved into fifth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings.

Despite the valiant, come-from-behind win, the Breakers were eliminated from playoff contention with Western New York’s 1-0 victory Wednesday night vs. Seattle Reign FC.

"Once we went down, we started bringing it at them. We knew we had to win," Boston Breakers player/coach Cat Whitehill said. "It is a little bittersweet now that Western New York won. It’s heartbreaking to know that we’re out of it (playoff contention), but we knew we were in quite a hole and that it would take a lot to get out of it. Now we’re just going to try and go undefeated the rest of the season."

One minute after making a spectacular save on a shot by Danielle Foxhoven in the 51st minute, Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher was beat far post by Tiffany Weimer. The former Breaker slipped through the Boston back line and hit it past Naeher to give Portland the 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute.

The Breakers equalized in the 68th minute when Lianne Sanderson scored her fifth goal of the season, taking a through ball from Sydney Leroux and beating Portland keeper Karina LeBlanc. It was Leroux’s second assist of the season. Then, in the 84th minute, Boston took the lead for good when Heather O’Reilly tallied her fifth goal of the season. Whitehill played the ball over the top, O’Reilly took a touch, went it into the box and slotted it past LeBlanc for the game-winning goal. For Whitehill, it was her second assist of the season.

Lianne Sanderson scored the game-tying goal Wednesday night (Photo By Mike Gridley)

In the first half, the Breakers had a chance early when Leroux played in O’Reilly, who got around LeBlanc, but Portland defender Rachel Buehler stepped up and knocked the ball away from O’Reilly and out of play.

Play stopped in the eighth minute when Alex Morgan went down with a knee injury and did not return.

Leroux cracked a shot on goal in the 20th minute, forcing LeBlanc to push it out of play, and in the 23rd minute, Sanderson hit one from distance, only to have it blocked by Weimer at the top of the box.

Whitehill made the save of the game in the 26th minute with Naeher off her line. It all began when Christine Sinclair came down the right side and got around Naeher. Sinclair rocketed a shot on goal, but Whitehill lunged to get a leg on it and clear it off the line.

The Breakers kept the game scoreless in the 42nd minute off a scramble in front of goal. Nikki Marshall darted into the box and put a shot on goal, which Naeher reacted quickly to and knocked out. The ball went to Weimer, whose first shot was saved by Julie King in front of goal and the follow-up shot was blocked by Kia McNeill.

Rhian Wilkinson battles Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven for possession (Photo By Mike Gridley) 
 
Tonight’s match marked the eighth sellout of the season in 10 games for a total of more than 24,581 on the season. The Breakers have sold out 15 of 17 matches in two seasons at Dilboy Stadium. In the seven games last year - all sellouts - the Breakers drew a total of 15,577 fans.
 
The Breakers will play their final home game of the 2013 season Saturday, Aug. 10, when they host former Boston College star and Hanson, Mass. native Kristie Mewis and first-place FC Kansas City at 6 p.m. ET. The Breakers will then hit the road to take on the Western New York Flash in the final game of the regular season. That match will be played Aug. 17, and broadcast nationally on FOX Soccer at 8 p.m. ET.

Season tickets for 2014 are available for purchase now until Dec. 1, 2013, at a special discounted price. Visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704 to buy the season tickets.

GOALS
1
2
F
Portland (10-6-4)
0
1
1
Boston (7-7-6)
0
2
2
 
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
Goal
Time
Team
GoalScorer
Assists
Note
1
52
Portland
Tiffany Weimer
 
 
2
68
Boston
Lianne Sanderson
Sydney Leroux
 
3
84
Boston
Heather O’Reilly
Cat Whitehill
 
 
 
CAUTIONSANDEJECTIONS
 
Time       Team                                            ##       Player                     Card                   Reason
 
   None
 
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
 
Time       Team                                                         OUT                                     IN
13            Portland                                             #13 Alex Morgan                  #19 Tiffany Weimer
61            Portland                                             #9 Danielle Foxhoven           #20 Courtney Wetzel
66            Boston                                               #7 Rhian Wilkinson               #18 Maddy Evans
81            Boston                                               #1Joanna Lohman              #12 Katie Schoepfer
87            Boston                                               #17 Kyah Simon                   #19 Carmelina Moscato
 
 
SHOTS
1
2
F
Portland
6
4
10
Boston
4
11
15
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Portland
3
4
7
Boston
2
6
8
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Portland
2
3
5
Boston
2
3
5
 
 
 
CORNER KICKS
1
2
F
Portland
3
0
3
Boston
5
3
8
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Portland
3
0
3
Boston
0
1
1
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Portland
2
5
7
Boston
3
2
5
 
 
Officials: Referee: Elvis Mahmutovic
Asst. Referee: Albert Calise; Russell Wolf
Fourth Official: Mounir Idmalak
Attendance: 3012

 
 
Portland Player Stats
 
##
1
Name(*forstarters)
Karina LeBlanc*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
0
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
0
FS
0
12
Christine Sinclair*
90
0
0
3
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
16
Rachel Buehler*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
10
Allie Long*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
7
Nikki Marshall*
90
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
6
Meleana Shim*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
5
Kathryn Williamson*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
Casey Ramirez*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
Tobin Heath*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
3
0
19
Tiffany Weimer
77
1
0
5
4
0
0
0
1
0
0
9
Danielle Foxhoven*
61
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
20
Courtney Wetzel
29
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
Alex Morgan*
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TEAM TOTAL                              990       1        0          10            7        0           0        3        3                5

 

PortlandGoalkeeperStats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      KarinaLeBlanc*
90
2
14
7
5
L
TEAM TOTAL                              90           2        14             7        5
 





Boston 
Player Stats
 
##
9
Name(*forstarters)
Heather O’Reilly*
Min
90
G
1
A
0
Sh
5
SOG
4
YC
0
RC
0
CK
6
Off
0
FC
0
FS
0
1
Alyssa Naeher*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
Jazmyne Avant*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
8
Julie King*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
Sydney Leroux*
90
0
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
10
Lianne Sanderson*
90
1
0
3
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
14
Kia McNeill*
90
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
Cat Whitehill*
90
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
Kyah Simon*
87
0
0
2
2
0
0
1
1
2
1
11
Joanna Lohman*
81
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
7
Rhian Wilkinson*
66
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
Maddy Evans
24
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
12
Katie Schoepfer
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
Carmelina Moscato
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
TEAM TOTAL
990
2
2
15
8
0
0
8
1
5
7
 
Boston Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      Alyssa Naeher*
90
1
8
5
4
W
TEAM TOTAL
90
1
8
5
4
 

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