(June 18, 2016) – The Boston Breakers began the first of a four-game road trip Saturday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and the visitors came up on the short end of a 3-0 game against the host Chicago Red Stars.
Chicago (5-1-3) opened the scoring, and it came in the third minute when Sofia Huerta redirected a ball from Vanessa DiBernardo past Breakers keeper Libby Stout to give the Red Stars an early lead.
The Breakers threatened Chicago keeper Alyssa Naeher twice late in the first half, both off the foot of Australian striker Kyah Simon. The first came in the 34th minute when Simon hit one from outside the 18. It took a deflection off Chicago defender Julie Johnston before bouncing awkwardly toward goal. It caught Naeher by surprise, but in the end, she was able to prevent it from crossing the line.
In the 45th minute, Simon generated Boston’s best scoring opportunity of the first half when she struck a shut from just inside the box and to the left of Naeher. Simon’s shot forced the former Breakers keeper to make a sprawling save to keep Boston off the scoreboard.
Huerta made it a 2-0 game two minutes into the second half. She gathered the ball just inside the 18 and fired a shot into the far corner to give the Red Stars a two-goal advantage in the 47th minute.
In the 62nd minute, seconds after Stout made an excellent diving save on a Christen Press free kick from 20 yards out, the Red Stars made it a 3-0 game on a goal by Casey Short. The Chicago defender slid in to redirect a pass from DiBernardo into goal.
Just minutes later, Stout was tested again by Press and again made a save on the U.S. Women’s National Team forward. This time, Press hit one from close range, but Stout palmed it away from danger.
The Breakers threatened again late in the match when Simon flicked a header on goal, but it went just wide of Naeher.
In the final minute of the match, Stout did well to cut down the angle on Press and deny a goal-scoring opportunity as Press came in all alone uncontested.
The Breakers (1-7-1) remain on the road, next facing the Western New York Flash on Friday, June 24, and then Seattle Reign FC (Saturday, July 2) and the Orlando Pride (July 10) before returning home on Sunday, July 20, (5 p.m. ET) to face Sky Blue FC. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Tonight, Julie King made her 78th appearance, closing to within one of tying Alyssa Naeher for third all time in Boston Breakers franchise history.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Chicago Red Stars
Date: June 18, 2016
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
CHI 1 2 3
CHI – Sofia Huerta (Vanessa DiBernardo) – 3’
CHI – Sofia Huerta – 47’
CHI – Casey Short (Vanessa DiBernardo) – 62’
BOS: 1-Libby Stout; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen (C), 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby; 26-Angela Salem, 19-Kristie Mewis (24-Rachel Wood, 73), 10-Louise Schillgard, 20-Mollie Pathman, (21-Christen Westphal, 52); 9-Stephanie McCaffrey (27-Eunice Beckmann, 59), 17-Kyah Simon
Subs not used: 2-Jami Kranich, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 88-Katie Schoepfer
Head Coach: Matt Beard
CHI: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 3-Arin Gilliland, 8-Julie Johnston, 16-Samantha Johnson, 6-Casey Short; 24-Danielle Colaprico, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (7-Taylor Comeau, 82), 4-Alyssa Mautz, 13-Amanda DaCosta (15-Courtney Raetzman, 70); 23-Christen Press, 11-Sofia Huerta (2-Jen Hoy, 68)
Subs not used: 18-Michelle Dalton, 2-Jen Hoy, 12-Cara Walls, 5-Katie Naughton, 14-Sarah Gorden
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Stats Summary: BOS / CHI
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 8
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 3 / 10
BOS – Schillgard (Yellow Card) 55’
CHI – Huerta (Yellow Card) 56’
BOS – Beckmann (Yellow Card) 60’
BOS – Kyah Simon (Yellow Card) 90’ + 3
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner
Assistant Referee 2: Adrienne McDonald
Fourth Official: Alex Beehler