By Kathryn Leeber
(June 28, 2017) – The Boston Breakers played to a scoreless draw Wednesday night, earning a point in a 0-0 game against the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The game started off slowly in somewhat of a back-and-forth affair, but the Dash soon took off to maintain most of the possession in the first 45 minutes. The Dash put the Breakers defense to work in the 12th minute as Rachel Daly pulled the ball back to get a shot around Brooke Elby, but it went wide of the net.
Angela Salem and Julie King helped stop Houston’s forwards from moving into the box, while Megan Oyster and Christen Westphal put an end to runs made by Daly and Carli Lloyd.
The first big play of the game came in the 19th minute when Andressa sent a free kick in, giving Lloyd the opportunity for a header, but the ball again went just wide of the net.
While Houston held most of the possession of the first half, Boston had some key moments to score. In the 22nd minute, Oyster sent the ball in off a free kick, but the Dash defense was able to clear it.
A few minutes later, Houston received a free kick off a yellow card. This almost resulted in a goal, but Breakers keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was able to get her hands on the ball as the play was called offside.
The Breakers attempted to retaliate with a play of their own as Margaret Purce almost had a chance for a breakaway moment, but the Dash defense was able to get the ball away from her.
With 15 minutes remaining in the half, Boston had a free kick opportunity and sent the ball into the box, which Natasha Dowie attempted to head into the net, but Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell was able to grab it.
The Dash had some pushes forward in the last five minutes, but the Breakers defense kept them from scoring. Poliana tried to cross the ball into the box, but the shot went directly to Prudhomme.
Scoreless going into the second half, Boston looked to improve its momentum. Rosie White took a corner kick in the 51st minute, but the low ball was cleared by Houston. King later threw the ball in to Dowie who was able to turn the defender on her back and send a shot to the net, but it went to the left of the goal.
Houston had a chance a few minutes later as Lloyd sent a pass to Janine Beckie, who was able to get a shot off. Prudhomme made the save, but could not quite get a grip on the ball. As Nichelle Prince tried to gather the rebound, Salem made a sliding play to clear it.
Minutes later, Salem had a chance on the other end of the field outside of the box as she found an opening to shoot, but Campbell was there to stop it.
In the 84th minute, a ball was played to Adriana Leon and she turned and sent the ball into the corner of the net to give the Breakers a lead, but the play was called back due to an apparent hand ball.
Leon followed with another strong chance in the last minute of regulation, but Campbell came up with an additional save, ending the match with neither team scoring.
The Breakers return home Saturday, June 1, at 4 p.m. ET to face the Washington Spirit at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Defender and captain Julie King made her 98th appearance for the Breakers, inching closer to Kristine Lilly for most all-time as a Breaker. King is now just four appearances behind Lilly (102) … Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned her first professional shutout, making a career-high four saves in the process.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Houston Dash
Date: June 28, 2017
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
HOU 0 0 0
BOS: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme; 8-Julie King (C), 20-Christen Westphal, 4-Megan Oyster, 3-Brooke Elby (7-Emilie Haavi, 46); 26-Angela Salem, 25-Morgan Andrews, 10-Rosie White, 2-Allysha Chapman (17-Amanda Frisbie, 75); 21-Margaret Purce (19-Adriana Leon, 65), 9-Natasha Dowie
Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 30-Kylie Strom, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 18-Tiffany Weimer
Head Coach: Matt Beard
HOU: 1-Jane Campbell; 12-Amber Brooks, 55-Janine van Wyk, 2-Poliana, 22-Cami Levin; 6-Morgan Brian (13-Denise O’Sullivan, 90), 16-Andressinha (23-Cami Privett, 90+2), 16-Janine Beckie; 3-Rachel Daly, 14-Nichelle Prince (27-Caity Heap, 75), 10-Carli Lloyd
Subs not used: 18-Lydia Williams, 4-Bruna Benites, 5-Cari Roccaro, 9-Sarah Hagen
Head Coach: Omar Morales
Stats Summary: BOS / HOU
Shots: 10 / 17
Shots on goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 1 / 11
BOS – Morgan Andrews (caution, 25’)
BOS – Allysha Chapman (caution, 58’)
Referee: Kevin Broadley
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Bermudez
Fourth Official: Jesus Mora