(June 26, 2014) – The Boston Breakers look for their first away win of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season this Friday (kickoff 7.30 p.m. ET) as they travel to Sahlen’s Stadium, Rochester, N.Y., to take on the Western New York Flash. Following last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC, this is the second of seven successive away games for Boston as they target a move away from the foot of the league table.
Boston (3-9-1) was indebted to goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher last time out as her eight saves and an 86th-minute penalty stop from Sky Blue’s Katy Freels preserved a point. On Friday, the Breakers face a Western New York side that is three places higher in the NWSL, in 6th. The Flash are currently 5-7-2 after relinquishing a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to leaders Seattle Reign on Sunday. It was just a second home loss of the season but the continued scoring form of Samantha Kerr was cause for encouragement for Head Coach and General Manager Aaran Lines.
Australian forward Kerr now leads the team with five goals after she converted a corner kick from Vicky Losada, who moved to the top of the NWSL for assists with her fifth of the season. This will be the first meeting between Boston and Western New York in 2014 and all-time U.S. Women’s National Team and international soccer scorer Abby Wambach, who has four goals in six games this season, remains a doubt with a knee injury.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd was retrospectively credited with an own goal in the game with Seattle but she is as always one to watch, with four goals and an assist to her name. McCall Zerboni is another capable of adding goals from midfield and she has three so far with one assist. Spanish forward Adriana Martín has also provided three assists while scoring once. Defenders Katherine Reynolds and Brittany Taylor are the only players in the team to have played every minute (1260) of the Flash’s 14 games.
The Breakers drew level to ultimately take a point last Sunday at Sky Blue through forward Jazmine Reeves‘ fourth goal of the campaign. Reeves is now joint-top scorer for Boston with Lianne Sanderson, while midfielder Kristie Mewis added her second assist of 2014 as she played a long pass for Reeves to latch onto. Full-back Bianca Sierra was particularly impressive against Sky Blue, making a series of crucial interventions to keep Tom Durkin’s team in the game.
You can keep track of all the action from this Friday’s game at Western New York Flash live on YouTube. Kickoff is at 7.30 p.m. ET.