Breakers continue road trip with match Wednesday night in Seattle

- By Meg Kelly

(Aug. 25, 2015) - The Boston Breakers continue their three-game road trip Wednesday, facing Seattle Reign FC at 10 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium.

Boston is coming off a 3-0 defeat at FC Kansas City on Saturday. With the loss, Boston fell to 4-11-3 overall.

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Former Breaker Amy Rodriguez put FC Kansas City ahead in the 29th minute on an assist from Leigh Ann Robinson. Lauren Holiday, another former Breaker, found the back of the net five minutes into the second half on an assist from Rodriguez. The duo of Holiday and Rodriguez connected again two minutes later as Holiday found Rodriguez for her second goal of the match. Boston could not get past FC Kansas City’s top-ranked defense and was held to four shots.

Seattle has the 2-0 edge in its series against Boston this season, picking up narrow victories on June 21 and Aug. 1, both in Boston.

In the last battle of the coasts, Beverly Yanez scored in the 24th minute to give Seattle the lead, but Breakers midfielder Kristie Mewis delivered the equalizer shortly thereafter, heading in a cross from Suzane Pires in the 34th minute. It was Pires’ first point of her professional career. Seattle’s Kim Little delivered the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick, squeaking a shot just beyond the reach of a diving Alyssa Naeher. Mewis led a furious Breakers charge in the waning minutes, but Seattle escaped with a 2-1 win.

Amy Barczuk goes in on Seattle's Stephanie Cox in the last meeting between the two teams

In the first matchup this season, Seattle got a late goal from Jess Fishlock and escaped with a 3-2 win. Mewis and Morgan Marlborough scored for the Breakers. The loss snapped Boston’s six-game home unbeaten streak, which dated back to the 2014 season.

Seattle holds the top spot in the NWSL table with 36 points and owns an 11-3-3 record. Seattle is the only team to eclipse the 30-point mark and reach double-digit wins so far this season. The Reign are coming off a 3-0 win against the Houston Dash and have won five matches in a row. Little netted all three goals for Seattle in the win over Houston, vaulting herself into a tie with Yanez and Portland’s Allie Long for second in the league with nine goals scored. Little tops the league with six assists.

The Reign have the top-ranked offense, leading the league with 35 goals scored this season and are tied with FC Kansas City for fewest goals allowed (18 goals).

After Wednesday’s contest at Seattle, Boston will finish its season Sunday at Houston against the Dash. The Breakers beat the Dash, 3-2, in their April 26 home opener.

Season tickets for 2016 are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or visiting www.breakerstickets.com.

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