Breakers look to end season on a high note against the Flash

(Sept. 23, 2016) - The Boston Breakers are looking to finish 2016 with a victory as they play their final game of the season Saturday against the Western New York Flash at Jordan Field (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.  

By Anna Padilla

(Sept. 23, 2016) - The Boston Breakers are looking to finish 2016 with a victory as they play their final game of the season Saturday against the Western New York Flash at Jordan Field (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.  

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The Breakers return home this weekend after a loss to the Houston Dash back on Sept. 11. At BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, the Dash took a 4-1 victory against the visiting Breakers. Rookie forward Elise Krieghoff scored the lone goal for the Breakers. It came late in the second half. Krieghoff’s goal was the first of her professional career, and brought Boston within one goal. However, two late goals from Carli Lloyd added to the Dash’s Janine Beckie’s and Kealia Ohai’s goals and sealed the win for Houston.

The Breakers are looking to rebound against Western New York after two losses and a draw to the Flash this season. Earlier this month at home to the Flash, Kyah Simon and Natasha Dowie each scored for the Breakers, while goalkeeper Libby Stout made two fantastic saves in the final minute, to secure a 2-2 draw. Dowie now leads Boston in scoring (three goals), and Simon’s goal was her first of the year. The Flash answered each of Boston’s leads with a goal of their own, one by Jess McDonald and another from Lynn Williams. The Breakers can even the season series with a win Saturday night.

“From our perspective, I think we gave a good account of ourselves in the last game (against the Flash). We got an early goal, and it was Kyah’s first of the season, which was pleasing. The other positive for me was getting back in front again after we conceded and showing good resilience toward the end of the game where they put us under a little bit of pressure,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Libby made two good saves, and the girls were putting their bodies on the line blocking shots. A team like Western New York is very direct. They put a lot of crosses in the box. And it’s really been effective for them this year.”

Fewer than 300 tickets remain for Saturday’s game, capping a home campaign that saw attendance increase from 2015.

“(The fans) have been fantastic,” Beard said. “As much as it’s been a tough and frustrating season on many fronts, to have that backing and that belief has gone a long way for myself and for the team at times. We’re very grateful for their support.”

Boston Breakers season tickets for 2017 are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

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