By Nichole Paolino
(July 21, 2017) – After fighting back to even the score and ending the game in a draw against Seattle last Saturday, the Boston Breakers head back down south this Saturday, July 22, to face the Houston Dash at 8:30 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The Breakers battled to a 1-1 draw against fifth-place Seattle on July 15 and are ready to settle a score in Houston. The first meeting against the Dash on June 28 ended in a scoreless draw.
“It’s a game we are looking forward to. Both teams are in good form at the moment, and it’s always tough going to Houston with the heat and humidity,“ Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “They are a much different team, too, from when we played them last time. But we are in a good place right now as a team, and we want to extend our unbeaten streak.”
The Breakers sit in eighth-place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 3-6-5 record and 14 points. The Houston Dash are in seventh-place with a 5-7-2 record and 17 points. The Dash have remained unbeaten in their last five matches (3W-2D), and the Breakers are on a four-game unbeaten streak (1W-3D).
Poliana leads the Dash with four goals and two assists. Rachel Daly (three goals, two assists) and NWSL Week 13 Player of the Week Andressinha (two goals, two assists), along with Poliana, account for nine of the 15 goals scored this season. Rookie goalkeeper Jane Campbell has kept the Dash alive in games, coming up with big saves and earning three straight NWSL Save of the Week nominations.
Adriana Leon fuels the Breakers attack with three goals and three assists. Leon’s most recent goal came last Saturday against Seattle to tie the game. Natasha Dowie adds to the attack with three goals and two assists. Leon and Dowie account for six of the 10 goals Boston has this season. Abby Smith started against Seattle after not playing since June 17 due to injury. She made five saves in her return.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers come back home to face FC Kansas City on Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Boston will head down the East Coast to play the Washington Spirit the following Saturday (Aug. 12, 7 p.m. ET) at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.