(Sept. 10, 2017) – The Boston Breakers controlled possession and dominated in shots, but came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision Sunday night against Portland Thorns FC in front of 3,015 fans at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
“I’m really pleased with the performance. The frustrating thing is we’ve created enough chances to win probably two games tonight,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I sort of feel like I’ve been robbed. I can’t fault the performance.”
The Breakers created numerous opportunities going forward as early as the fifth minute when Brooke Elby played Midge Purce out wide. Purce took it into the box and went one-one-one with Meghan Klingenberg. Purce got a shot off, but Klingenberg blocked it in front. Two minutes later, Natasha Dowie nearly beat Portland’s AD Franch, chipping the keeper, but the shot went just wide of goal. Another two minutes later, Rosie White took a crack on goal, but her low, driven shot skipped just past the post.
Purce had another shot blocked from within 20 yards in the 18th minute, and then served up a great ball to the back post to White in the 31st minute, but Franch lept up and snatched the ball away.
The opportunities continued in the second half. Just four minutes in, Adriana Leon crossed in front to Dowie, but the shot went just over the bar. In the 52nd minute, Allysha Chapman lofted a ball into the box, and Purce came in for a header, but it, too, went wide. Purce delivered a fantastic ball to the far post in the 59th minute, where Julie King raced in to get a head on the ball. Her header went over by inches.
Portland got the game-winner in the 72nd minute. Hayley Raso approached the 18 but got disrupted in front. The ball came loose and scooted out to Christine Sinclair, who took a shot and put it inside the far post.
The Breakers travel to Washington Sept. 23 to take on the Spirit (7 p.m. ET kickoff) and return home for their season finale Sept. 30 against Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET). Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. Season tickets for the 2018 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Midfielder Angela Salem made her 100th NWSL appearance. It was her 130th appearance (NWSL, WPSL Elite, and WPS combined) overall.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC
Date: Sept. 10, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Allston, Mass.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
POR 0 1 1
POR – Christine Sinclair (Hayley Raso) – 72’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 21-Margaret Purce, 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 2-Allysha Chapman, 26-Angela Salem, 3-Brooke Elby (11-Rose Lavelle, 56), 10-Rosie White, 19-Adriana Leon, 9-Natasha Dowie (23-Katie Stengel, 71), 18-Tiffany Weimer (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 66)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Joe Prudhomme, 33-Hayley Dowd, 17-Amanda Frisbie
Head Coach: Matt Beard
POR: 24-AD Franch; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 16-Emily Sonnett, 2-Katherine Reynolds, 30-Celeste Bourielle; 7-Lindsey Horan, 28-Amandine Henry, 10-Allie Long (11-Dagny Byrnjarsdottir, 90), 9-Nadia Nadim (26-Mal Weber, 75), 12-Christine Sinclair, 21-Hayley Raso
Subs not used: 33-Britt Eckerstrom, 13-Savannah Jordan, 15-Kendall Johnson
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
Stats Summary: BOS / POR
Shots: 17 / 3
Shots on goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 11
Offside: 4 / 5
BOS – Megan Oyster (caution, 83)
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Cory Richardson
Assistant Referee 2: Amilcar Sicaju
Fourth Official: Alexandria White