(Sept. 30, 2017) – The Boston Breakers lost, 4-3, to Sky Blue FC in a wild match Saturday night at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
The Breakers led, 2-0, then fell behind, 3-2, and came back to level it at three apiece before Sky Blue notched the winner in the 87th minute in front of 3,479 fans on a brisk night in Boston.
“It was a really frustrating night. It’s been a tough year this year, especially with injuries, but you can’t concede four goals at home,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We’ve got to do better than what we’ve done tonight.”
The Breakers opened the scoring, and for the second week in a row got a pair of goals within minutes of each other. They both came off the foot of forward Natasha Dowie. The first, in the 25th minute, came courtesy of rookie Midge Purce. She placed a cross perfectly into the box, and Dowie headed it past Sky Blue keeper Caroline Casey to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Dowie made it a 2-0 game. This time, Tiffany Weimer lined a pass into the box, and Dowie’s flick-on header beat Casey.
Sky Blue FC got one back in the 34th minute. Sam Kerr scored off an assist from Maya Hayes in front.
The two teams looked to add to their goal totals in the second half, the Breakers almost did just that in the 66th minute when Morgan Andrews played a great through ball into the box for Ifeoma Onumonu. Onumonu then raced to beat Casey to the ball, got a foot on it, but Casey made the save. Less than a minute later, Andrews rattled a shot on goal, forcing Casey to make a save and deflect it out for a corner.
In the 76th minute, Sky Blue equalized, making it a 2-2 game, on a goal by Madison Tiernan. They went ahead, 3-2, two minutes later when Erica Skroski scored off a Kelley O’Hara corner kick.
The Breakers came back and tied the game in the 85th minute on what looked like Onumonu’s first professional goal. She hit a shot from the right of Casey, who tried getting a hand on the ball, but it went into the net and ruled an own goal. The match was then tied at 3-3.
Sky Blue then countered in the 87th minute with what held up as the game-winner. O’Hara scored off a cross from Leah Galton.
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Notes: Natasha Dowie’s two goals give her seven on the season, making it the second year in a row she has led the team in goals scored. Tonight was her first multi-goal game as a Breaker … Midge Purce and Tiffany Weimer both earned the first assists of the season. For Purce, it was the first assist of her professional career.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC
Date: Sept. 30, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 54 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 2 1 3
NJ 1 3 4
BOS – Natasha Dowie (Margaret Purce) – 25’
BOS – Natasha Dowie (Tiffany Weimer) – 28’
NJ – Samantha Kerr (Maya Hayes) – 34’
NJ – Madison Tiernan – 76’
NJ – Erica Skroski (Kelley O’Hara) – 78’
BOS – Sky Blue own goal – 85’
NJ – Kelley O’Hara (Leah Galton) – 87’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 21-Margaret Purce, 4-Megan Oyster, 17-Amanda Frisbie, 2-Allysha Chapman; 19-Adriana Leon, 3-Brooke Elby, 26-Angela Salem; 18-Tiffany Weimer (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 53), 9-Natasha Dowie (C), 23-Katie Stengel (25-Morgan Andrews, 62)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Joe Prudhomme, 33-Hayley Dowd
Head Coach: Matt Beard
NJ: 27-Caroline Casey; 8-Erica Skroski, 19-Kelley O’Hara (C), 22-Mandy Freeman, 17-Domi Richardson; 7-Nikki Stanton, 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 6-Taylor Lytle, 73-Madison Tiernan, 5-Maya Hayes (2-Mckenzie Meehan, 73); 20-Samanta Kerr
Subs not used: 1-Kailen Sheridan, 4-Cassidy Benintente, 15-Kayla Mills, 16-Sarah Killion, 21-Leah Galton, 33-Erin Simon
Head Coach: David Hodgson
Stats Summary: BOS / NJ
Shots: 14 /11
Shots on goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 1 / 6
BOS – Margaret Purce (caution, 65)
NJ – Madison Tiernan (caution, 72)
Referee: Karen Abt
Assistant Referee 1: John Krill
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Davis
Fourth Official: Tom Felice