April 13, 2014 - The Boston Breakers held Seattle Reign FC scorless through the first half, but the Reign struck for two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half en route to a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon on Moda Pitch Field at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
April 13, 2014 - The Boston Breakers held Seattle Reign FC scoreless through the first half, but the Reign struck for two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half en route to a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon on Moda Pitch Field at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
Scottish international Kim Little scored a penalty kick in the 49th minute and added a second goal in the 54th minute, and Megan Rapinoe capped the scoring in the 88th minute to give the hosts the victory.
Both teams exchanged shots early in the first half with Rapinoe putting one on target in the seventh minute, one that Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher easily handled, and one by Lianne Sanderson in the 13th minute for Boston. Intended as a cross to the back post, Sanderson's curved back toward goal, where Hope Solo made the save.
Naeher, who finished with seven saves, made a tremendous stop in the 24th minute. Rapinoe collected a loose ball outside the 18 and took a shot on goal. Without a clear look at the shot, Naeher started to go to her right before quickly changing directions to make a diving save on Rapinoe, pushing the ball off the post.
Five minutes later, the Breakers looked to take the first lead of the game when Heather O'Reilly crossed Joanna Lohman, whose half volley struck the crossbar and went straight to the ground, inches away from crossing the line.
Heather O'Reilly evades Seattle's Elli Reed in Sunday's match
Seattle scored in the 49th minute after begin awarded a penalty for a handball called on Courtney Jones in the box. Little converted the PK for the 1-0 lead. She doubled her team's lead in the 54th minute, remaining onside by inches before beating Naeher.
Courtney Jones battles for the ball with Seattle's Keelin Winters
Rapinoe tried beating Naeher all night, but was denied on three of her first four attempts. After getting stopped twice in the first half and again in the 77th minute when Naeher got her fingertips on a sharp strike from the corner, Rapinoe found the back of the net in the 88th minute. She slipped in between two Breakers defenders just outside the box before beating Naeher to the ball and rolling it into goal for the 3-0 advantage.
Captain Lianne Sanderson tries getting around Seattle's Keelin Winters
The Breakers return to Boston to prepare for their April 20th home opener against the Houston Dash, who lost, 1-0, Saturday night to Portland Thorns FC. The Breakers and Dash kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET at Harvard Stadium. Tickets are available at www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers
Date: April 13, 2013
Venue: Moda Pitch Field at Memorial Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
SEA 0 3 3
SEA: Kim Little (penalty) 49
SEA: Kim Little (Jessica Fishlock) 54
SEA: Megan Rapinoe (Fishlock) 88
SEA: Hope Solo, Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox, Elli Reed, Keelin Winters, Jessica Fishlock, Kim Little (Kate Deines, 85), Beverly Goebel (Nahomi Kawasumi, 67), Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux
Subs not used: Haley Kopmeyer, Danielle Foxhoven, Amanda Frisbie, Kiersten Dallstream, Megan Brigman
BOS: Alyssa Naeher, Julie King, Cat Whitehill, Courtney Jones, Jazmyne Avant, Kaylyn Kyle, Joanna Lohman (Bianca D'Agostino, 72), Lianne Sanderson (C), Katie Schoepfer (Maddy Evans, 63), Mollie Pathman (Lisa De Vanna, 57), Heather O'Reilly
Subs not used: Jami Kranich, Jazmine Reeves, Ashley Grove, Chelsea Stewart
Shots: Seattle 23 / 4
Shots on goal: Seattle 10 / 2
Saves: Boston (Naeher) 7 / Seattle (Solo) 2
Corner kicks: Seattle 4 / 2
Fouls: Boston 13 / 8
Offside: Boston 5 / 4
BOS - Jazmyne Avant (caution) 43
BOS - Courtney Jones (caution) 56
SEA - Keelin Winters (caution) 59
SEA - Megan Rapinoe (caution) 82
Referee: Katja Koroleva
Assistant Referees: Karen Abt, Levi Rippy
Fourth Official: Kelsey Harms