By Kathryn Leeber
(July 7, 2017) — The Boston Breakers tied the Chicago Red Stars on Friday night, 0-0, at Jordan Field in front of 2,435 fans, extending their unbeaten streak to three.
“We wanted to win the game. We wanted to pick points up at home. We’ve managed to go there and get a point, and get a point here,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Not many teams are going to beat Chicago. They’re a good team and they’ve got some fantastic players.”
Despite an evenly possessed first half, neither team was able to find the back of the net to take a lead. Tiffany Weimer almost had a shot early on in the ninth minute for Boston (3-6-4), but the Red Stars defenders stopped her progress, and Weimer was unable to get a clear shot off.
Minutes later, Christen Westphal sent a cross from far-range into the box, but Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was there to grab the ball. Shortly after, Allysha Chapman received a pass and tried to turn and shoot, but the shot went to the right of the net.
In the 21st minute, Rosie White took a free kick for the Breakers, and Morgan Andrews almost got a foot on the ball, but Naeher came out the box to make the save.
Boston goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme saw her first challenge when Chicago forward Sofia Huerta got a shot off halfway through the first half, but the ball went right over the crossbar.
Prudhomme made another crucial save in the 27th minute when Christen Press took a free kick for the Red Stars, but Prudhomme easily made a diving save. Westphal had another shot from distance as she tried to cross the ball a few minutes later for the Breakers, but Naeher was again there to stop it. The remaining 10 minutes saw a back-and-forth game, but neither team could create strong chances to score.
Chicago (7-3-4) had the first chance of the second half. It came in the 47th minute, but the ball went over the crossbar. Press followed up directly after, but her shot likewise went over the bar.
Prudhomme made a save minutes later as Vanessa Dibernardo sent the ball towards the net, but it went directly to the keepers’ gloves.
The Breakers saw their first moment in the final half as Weimer sent a cross into the box and Megan Oyster got her head on it, but the shot went to the right of the net. White immediately followed with a powerful shot that went just above the crossbar.
Oyster cleared a Red Stars’ pass by sending the ball down with her head, but it went right to the feet of Huerta. She was able to get a quick shot off, but it went right to Prudhomme.
Press received the ball in the 72nd minute and was able to find the back of the net, but the shot was called offside by the referee moments later. A few minutes after, Prudhomme came out if the net to make a save, but could not quite get her hands on the ball. The Red Stars were able to pick up the loose ball, but White was there on the goal line to clear the ball.
Press had another chance for the Red Stars in the 88th minute after Chicago stole the ball and pushed it down the field. Press sent a shot in right near the goal, but Prudhomme made a jumping and diving save to stop the ball.
Prudhomme’s final save of the night came in the last minute of regulation time as Chicago sent a shot towards the goal, and she was there to make a point-blank save. Prudhomme ended the night with eight saves. With the tie, the Breakers remain in ninth place in the NWSL standings.
“She’s been excellent for us. I was excited to see her play, because we know, obviously from working with her what a great shot-stopper she is, and I think she’s proved that tonight,” said Beard of Prudhomme’s performance. “She’s done well, and we’re really pleased with her.”
The Breakers travel to Seattle for their next game on Saturday, July 15 to take on the Reign and will return home on Friday, August 4 as they face FC Kansas City at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Defender and captain Julie King made her 100th appearance for the Breakers. King is now just two appearances behind Kristine Lilly (102) for most all-time in franchise history … Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme extended her shutout streak to 316 minutes, She now has the longest shutout streak in Boston’s #NWSL history, surpassing Abby Smith (254 in 2017) and Alyssa Naeher (240 minutes in 2013) … Prudhomme made a career-high eight saves … Forward Katie Stengel made her Breakers debut, coming on in the 81st minute for Natasha Dowie.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars
Date: July 7, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
CHI 0 0 0
BOS: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme; 20-Christen Westphal, 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 2-Alyssha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 25-Morgan Andrews, 10-Rosie White; 7-Emilie Haavi, 9-Natasha Dowie (23-Katie Stengel, 81), 19-Adriana Leon (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 78), 18-Tiffany Weimer (21-Margaret Purce, 60)
Subs not used: 14-Abby Smith, 17-Amanda Frisbie, 3-Brooke Elby
Head Coach: Matt Beard
CHI: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 6-Casey Short, 16-Samantha Johnson, 5-Katie Naughton, 3-Arin Gilliland, 8-Julie Ertz, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 4-Alyssa Mautz (7-Taylor Comeau, 73), 23-Christen Press, 9-Stephanie McCaffrey (24-Danielle Colaprico, 60), 11-Sofia Huerta
Subs not used: 18-Michele Dalton, 30-Lauren Kaskie, 2-Jen Hoy, 13-Morgan Proffitt, 14-Sarah Gorden
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Stats Summary: BOS / CHI
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on goal: 0 / 8
Saves: 8 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 5
CHI – Alyssa Mautz (caution, 62’)
BOS – Alyssa Chapman (caution, 80’)
BOS – Rosie White (caution, 90’)
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Jeffrey Skinker
Assistant Referee 2: Trent Vanhaitsma
Fourth Official: Ian McKay