(July 17, 2016) – The Boston Breakers made a late surge but Sky Blue FC held on for the 3-2 win Sunday night in front of 3,314 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
(July 17, 2016) – The Boston Breakers made a late surge but Sky Blue FC held on for the 3-2 win Sunday night in front of 3,743 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
“It’s frustrating because we want to be winning games. The players come in and work hard and we work hard as a coaching team to make sure we turn it around but for whatever reason, we’ve just not crossed the line in some of these performances this year,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “It’s not that we haven’t been creating chances. Apart from the (Western) New York game, we’ve been creating double figures in chances every week.”
Defender Julie King scored in the 85th minute to pull the Breakers within one, but Sky Blue FC managed to fend off Boston in the final five minutes plus stoppage time.
King headed in a free kick from Louise Schillgard, perfectly placed into the box for King to knock past Sky Blue FC keeper Caroline Casey. It was King’s first goal of the year and Schillgard’s first assist.
Sky Blue countered four minutes later and nearly doubled their lead, but Breakers keeper Jami Kranich made a tremendous diving save on Maya Hayes, and then chased down the loose ball to beat Hayes to it at the near post and prevent any damage.
The Breakers took a 1-0 lead early, the second consecutive match in which they scored within the first five minutes. It all began when Eunice Beckmann put two shots on target, both of which were blocked in front. Angela Salem pounced on the rebound of Beckmann’s second shot and hit it past Casey to give the Breakers the 1-0 lead in the third minute. The goal was Salem’s first as a professional in the U.S.
The Breakers had a few more chances to score in the first half. In the 24th minute, Katie Schoepfer smashed a shot from just inside the top right corner of the box, but it went just wide. Later, in the 42nd minute, Stephanie McCaffrey took two shots from inside the 18, but both were blocked by Sky Blue defenders. Beckmann headed the rebound of the second blocked shot on frame, but Casey was there to grab it.
Sky Blue FC took a 3-1 lead in the 74th minute when Erica Skroski headed in a header from Kristin Grubka before King cut that lead to one 11 minutes later.
The Breakers return to action Sunday, July 31, (6 p.m. ET) to face the Orlando Pride. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Mollie Pathman played in her final game for the Breakers. She started and played all 90 minutes. Pathman is retiring to pursue a career in the medical field … For the second week in a row, a Breaker scored their first professional goal. Last week, it was Pathman against Orlando. Tonight, it was Angela Salem, and it came in the third minute … Defender Kylie Strom made her professional debut, coming on in the 60th minute. Strom was called up from the Breakers Reserves team for this match.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC
Date: July 17, 2016
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 1 1 2
SBFC 2 1 3
BOS – Angela Salem – 3’
SBFC – Sarah Killion (penalty kick) – 28’
SBFC – Leah Galton (Tasha Kai) – 37’
SBFC – Erica Skroski – 74’
BOS – Julie King (Louise Schillgard) – 85’
BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 21-Christen Westphal (30-Kylie Strom, 60), 8-Julie King, 5-Kassey Kallman; 20-Mollie Pathman; 26-Angela Salem, 88-Katie Schoepfer (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 60), 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 10-Louise Schillgard; 9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 27-Eunice Beckmann (3-Elise Krieghoff, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 19-Kristie Mewis, 24 Rachel Wood
Head Coach: Matt Beard
SBFC: 27-Caroline Casey, 8-Erica Skroski, 13-Kristin Grubka, 33-Erin Simon, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Taylor Lytle (7-Nikki Stanton, , 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 16-Sarah Killion, 29-Catherine Zimmerman (24-Kelly Conhenney, 84), 21-Leah Galton, 32-Tasha Kai (5-Maya Hayes, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 15-CoCo Goodson
Head Coach: Christy Holly
Stats Summary: BOS / SBFC
Shots: 10 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 8
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 1 / 9
Referee: Matthew Franz
Assistant Referee 1: Amilcar Sicaju
Assistant Referee 2: Amber O’Connell
Fourth Official: Michael Dee