(May 2, 2015) – The Boston Breakers took an early lead Saturday night against the Western New York Flash, but the home side came back with three unanswered goals to secure a 3-1 win at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Much like they did in last week’s win over Houston, the Breakers struck first for an early goal. In the 15th minute, Kristie Mewis played the ball out wide to Stephanie McCaffrey, who then took on Flash defender Brittany Taylor one-on-one. McCaffrey came into the box, went around Taylor, and found Morgan Marlborough inside the six. Marlborough one-timed McCaffrey’s pass off the inside of her right foot past Sabrina D’Angelo for the 1-0 lead. For Marlborough, it was her first goal as a Breaker, and the assist was McCaffrey’s team-leading second of the season.
The Flash equalized in the 23rd minute off a set piece. Becky Edwards placed a ball into the box, and Samantha Mewis headed it past Alyssa Naeher to make it a 1-1 game.
Just past the hour mark, Edwards played Lynn Williams into the box. Williams took a few touches before flicking it over to Edwards, who then scored to give the Flash a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute.
Kassey Kallman in action Saturday night against Western New York
The Breakers had a pair of chances late, both by Mewis. In the 80th minute, she served up a free kick from distance that went to the far post, but D’Angelo came out to pick it off. Four minutes later, Mewis hit a ball from 20 yards out that dipped as it came at D’Angelo, but the rookie keeper made the save.
Sandwiched in between those chances by the Breakers, the Flash countered and had a wide open look on goal, only to be denied by a save off the line from Julie King. Williams dribbled into the 18, and Naeher came out, got a hand on the ball to briefly dispossess Williams, but Williams got the ball back and put a shot on goal. King, defending the Boston goal on the line, slid to her right and got a foot on Williams’ shot.
But the Flash put the game away in the 87th minute when Sydney Leroux beat Naeher near post, just sneaking it past Naeher for the 3-1 final.
The Breakers take on the Chicago Red Stars May 9 on the road before returning home for three games: Saturday, May 16 vs. Portland Thorns FC (4 p.m.), Friday, May 22 vs. Sky Blue FC (7 p.m.), and Sunday, May 30 vs. FC Kansas City (7 p.m.).
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Match: Boston Breakers at Houston Dash
Date: May 2, 2015
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, NY
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny
BOS: Alyssa Naeher, Mollie Pathman, Kassey Kallman (C), Julie King (C), Rachel Wood, Amy Barczuk (Suzane Pires 75’), Katie Schoepfer (C) (Stephanie Verdoia 55’), Kristie Mewis, Nkem Ezurike (Rafinha 46’), Morgan Marlborough, Stephanie McCaffrey
Subs not used: Jami Kranich, Ketlen
WNY: Sabrina D’Angelo, Kristen Edmonds, Brittany Taylor (C), Whitney Engen, Jaelene Hinkle; Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Edwards, Samantha Mewis; Jasmyne Spencer (Jamia Fields 74’), Sydney Leroux (Ajara Njoya 91’), Kristen Hamilton (Lynn Williams 59’)
Subs not used: Jordan Angeli, Chantel Jones, Chelsea Stewart, Toni Pressley
GOALS 1 2 F
Boston (1-2-0) 1 0 1
Western New York (1-2-0) 1 2 3
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 15 Boston Morgan Marlborough Stephanie McCaffrey
2 23 WNY Samantha Mewis Becky Edwards
3 62 WNY Becky Edwards Lynn Williams
4 88 WNY Sydney Leroux Abby Dahlkemper
WNY: Kristen Edmonds (caution) 74’
Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Mark Boyko, Chris Trottier
Fourth Official: Lauren Dearman