(May 27, 2016) – A strong start to the second half in attempt to come back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime was fizzled by two Lynn Williams’ goals in a one-minute span Friday night at Rhino’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. as the Breakers fell, 4-0, to the Flash.
Western New York rookie Taylor Smith scored the first goal of the match, beating Jami Kranich through a crowd inside the box to give the Flash a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.
The Breakers had a few chances to level the match in the first half. In the 20th minute, defender Mollie Pathman smashed a shot from 20 yards out, but it went just wide. Less than 10 minutes later, Julie King played a great ball to Katie Schoepfer, who put one on frame, but it was saved by Britt Eckerstrom. In the 41st minute, the Breakers had the best chance of the game taken away at the goal line as King’s header was cleared away inches from going in.
The Breakers came out strong to start the second half and carried possession through the first 15 minutes, but were thwarted by Western New York’s defending. Angela Salem fired just wide in the 54th minute, one of the closest attempts on goal in the second half.
The Flash quickly turned their 1-0 lead to a 3-0 advantage when Lynn Williams scored in the 64th and 65th minutes. The Flash added one goal late, a penalty kick by Abby Dahlkemper.
The Breakers return home on Friday, June 10 (7 p.m. ET) to face the Washington Spirit. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Tonight, defender Julie King made her 77th appearance for the Breakers, passing Angela Hucles and moving into fourth all-time in franchise history … Forward Eunice Beckmann made her NWSL debut when she came on in the 46th minute … Defender Christen Westphal made her first NWSL start … Keeper Jami Kranich made her first start of the 2016 season.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Western New York Flash
Date: May 27, 2016
Venue: Rhino’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
WNY 1 3 4
BOS 0 0 0
WNY – Taylor Smith – 15’
WNY – Lynn Williams (Michaela Hahn) – 64’
WNY – Lynn Williams (Meredith Speck) – 65’
WNY – Abby Dahlkemper (penalty kick) – 78’
BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 21-Christen Westphal, 8-Julie King, 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby (10-Louise Schillgard, 46); 77-McCall Zerboni, 26-Angela Salem, 19-Kristie Mewis (27-Eunice Beckmann, 46), 20-Mollie Pathman; 88-Katie Schoepfer (9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 46), 17-Kyah Simon
Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 24-Rachel Wood, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 11-Brittany Ratcliffe
Head Coach: Matt Beard
WNY: Britt Eckerstrom; Taylor Smith (Ga Eul Jeon 73’), Alanna Kennedy, Abby Dahlkemper, Elizabeth Eddy; Meredith Speck (Courtney Niemiec 67’), Michaela Hahn, Abby Erceg, Makenzy Doniak (Adriana Leon 79’); Lynn Williams, Jess McDonald
Subs not used: Kristen Hamilton, Laura Liedele
Head Coach: Paul Riley
Stats Summary: WNY / BOS
Shots: 12 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 12
Offside: 3 / 3
BOS – Beckmann (Yellow Card) 90’
Referee: Andrew Musashe
Assistant Referee 1: Ben Wooden
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker
Fourth Official: Lauren Dearman