Breakers fall to Houston on the road

(Sept. 11, 2016) – The Boston Breakers got a goal from rookie forward Elise Krieghoff to cut their deficit to one goal in the second half, but the hosts Houston Dash added two more and held on for a 4-1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas Sunday night.

 (Sept. 11, 2016) – The Boston Breakers got a goal from rookie forward Elise Krieghoff to cut their deficit to one goal in the second half, but the hosts Houston Dash added two more and held on for a 4-1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas Sunday night.

The Breakers concluded a five-games-in-two-week span Sunday in front of 6,107 fans in the Texas heat. They fell behind, 1-0, in the 26th minute when Canadian Janine Beckie took a pass from Carli Lloyd and beat Breakers keeper Jami Kranich. The Dash doubled their lead in the 35th minute on a goal from Kealia Ohai.

The Dash took a 2-0 lead into the second half, but the Breakers got one back late in the game when Krieghoff beat Williams in the 76th minute. A shot from Kristie Mewis from distance hit the post, and Houston defender Cari Roccaro failed to clear the ball. Krieghoff dispossessed Roccaro in front of goal and subsequently lifted a shot with her left foot past Houston keeper Lydia Williams.

The Dash scored twice late, getting two goals from Lloyd, the first assisted by Ohai, the second on a penalty kick.

Despite the three goals scored in the second half between both sides, a majority of the action took place in the first 45 minutes. Two minutes into the match, German forward Eunice Beckmann nearly put the Breakers ahead, hitting a rebound off a shot from Australian Kyah Simon just wide of Williams.

In the 11th minute, Kranich made two massive saves. The first came just eight yards in front of goal when Kranich denied Lloyd. Seconds later, she stopped a dangerous shot from outside the box by Ohai.

Houston threatened again in both the 20th and 23rd minutes, but Breakers defended well to clear any scoring chance. In the 20th minute, midfielder Angela Salem cleared the ball after Ohai threatened inside the 18. Three minutes later, Brooke Elby came up big, blocking a shot by Denise O’Sullivan that was headed on target. Closing out the half, England forward Natasha Dowie smashed a shot from well outside the box, forcing Williams to tip the shot out of play.

The Breakers were limited to offensive chances in the second half until Krieghoff struck in the 76th minute.

The Breakers return home Saturday, Sept. 24, for their 2016 NWSL season finale. The Breakers will play the Western New York Flash (7 p.m. ET kickoff) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. on the 24th. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting

Notes: Rookie forward Elise Krieghoff (Cal-Poly) scored her first professional goal … Midfielder Katie Schoepfer made her 99th professional appearance when she came on as a sub in the second half … Goalkeeper Jami Kranich was a late replacement for Libby Stout, who picked up an injury during warmups … Defender Kassey Kallman is the current Iron Woman of the league. She has played 3,690 consecutive minutes, longest current streak in the NWSL.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers at Houston Dash

Date: Sept. 11, 2016

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET

Attendance: 6,107

Weather: 89 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:

                               1              2             F

BOS                       0              1              1

HOU                       2              2              4

HOU- Janine Beckie (Carli Lloyd) – 26’

HOU – Kealia Ohai (Janine Beckie) – 35’

BOS – Elise Krieghoff – 76’

HOU – Carli Lloyd (Kealia Ohai) 78’

HOU – Carli Lloyd (PK) – 81’


BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 23-Brooke Elby, 24-Rachel Wood, 5-Kassey Kallman; 30-Kylie Strom; 26-Angela Salem, 10-Louise Schillgard (88-Katie Schoepfer, 74), 19-Kristie Mewis, 17-Kyah Simon, 9-Natasha Dowie (3-Elise Krieghoff, 74), 27-Eunice Beckmann (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 65)

Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 27-Ghoutia Karchouni, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 23-Christen Westphal

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

HOU: 18-Lydia Williams; 2-Poliana, 5-Cari Roccaro, 23-Cami Privett, 4-Rebecca Moros (15-Allysha Chapman, 84); 6-Morgan Brian (12-Amber Brooks, 66), 17-Andressa, 13-Denise O’Sullivan, 10-Carli Lloyd; 11-Janine Beckie (22-Stephanie Ochs, 79), 7-Kealia Ohai

Subs not used: 1-Bianca Henninger, 24-Ellie Brush, 21-Melissa Henderson, 9-Chioma Ubogagu

Head Coach: Randy Waldrum


Stats Summary: BOS / HOU

Shots: 12 / 28

Shots on Goal: 5 / 11

Saves: 7 / 4

Corner Kicks: 2 / 7

Fouls: 9 / 8

Offside: 1 / 9


Misconduct Summary:

HOU – Andressa (caution, 55’)



Referee: Levi Rippy

Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez

Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy Weed

Fourth Official: Mike Arrington

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