(June 10, 2016) – The Boston Breakers made it two in a row at home without a loss, coming back to earn a 1-1 draw against the third-place Washington Spirit in front of a season-high 4,007 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
“I was pleased. Washington are a good side. They’ve got lots of players that can cause you problems. I was disappointed with the goal, but we responded fantastically after that,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I thought it was an entertaining game end to end, but from my perspective, it’s a good point.”
The Spirit took the lead in the 13th minute. Joanna Lohman put a shot on goal inside the box, but Breakers keeper Libby Stout denied her. However, Katie Stengel was there at the far post to knock in the deflection off Stout to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, the Breakers leveled the match. A penalty was awarded to Boston when Brooke Elby was taken down in the box by Cali Farquharson. Louise Schillgard stepped up to the penalty spot and buried it past Washington keeper Kelsey Wys. It was Schillgard’s first NWSL goal.
The Breakers threatened twice before Schillgard’s goal. In the second minute, Schillgard had a corner cleared out by Tori Huster. In the fifth minute, Elby crossed into the box, but Ali Krieger was there to clear from danger.
In the second half, both teams tried to find the go-ahead goal. In the 53rd minute, Schillgard took a free kick and curled it on goal, but it was saved by Wys. Four minutes late, Stout made a great stop on a free kick by Christine Nairn. In the 76th minute, Julie King made a spectacular save inside the six, diving to stop a shot by Lohman.
The Breakers head to Chicago Saturday to take on the Red Stars at 9 p.m. ET and stay on the road for three more matches before returning home on Sunday, July 20, (5 p.m. ET) to face Sky Blue FC. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Tonight, Louise Schillgard scored her first goal in the NWSL … Eunice Beckmann made her first NWSL start.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Washington Spirit
Date: June 10, 2016
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 1 0 1
WAS 1 0 1
WAS – Katie Stengel – 13’
BOS – Louise Schillgard (penalty kick) – 15’
BOS: 1-Libby Stout; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen (C), 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby (21-Christen Westphal, 85); 77-McCall Zerboni, 26-Angela Salem, 10-Louise Schillgard, 27-Eunice Beckmann (17-Kyah Simon, 67), 20-Mollie Pathman; 9-Stephanie McCaffrey (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 83)
Subs not used: 1-Jami Kranich, 24-Rachel Wood, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 3-Elise Krieghoff
Head Coach: Matt Beard
WAS: 18-Kelsey Wys; 11-Ali Krieger (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 6-Shelina Zadorsky, 22-Alyssa Kleiner; 15-Joanna Lohman (20-Cheyna Williams, 81), 23-Tori Huster, 7-Christine Nairn; 19-Crystal Dunn, 12-Katie Stengel (14-Francisca Ordega), 17-Cali Farquharson (10-Estefania Banini, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Stephanie Labbe, 3-Caprice Dydasco, 5-Whitney Church, 24-Estelle Johnson
Head Coach: Jim Gabarra
Stats Summary: BOS / WAS
Shots: 8 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 9
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 3 / 6
BOS – King (Yellow Card) 35’
WAS – Williams (Yellow Card) 90’
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Cook
Assistant Referee 2: Amilcar Sicaju
Fourth Official: Michael Dee