Breakers look to get back on track Sunday at Portland

(Sept. 3, 2016)  - After a quick turnaround, the Breakers are looking to rebound from a midweek loss and find a win on the West Coast as they take on the Portland Thorns this Sunday at Providence Park (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Portland, Ore.

By Anna Padilla

(Sept. 3, 2016)  - After a quick turnaround, the Breakers are looking to rebound from a midweek loss and find a win on the West Coast as they take on the Portland Thorns this Sunday at Providence Park (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in Portland, Ore.

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On Wednesday, Boston was denied its third straight win, falling 3-1 to the visiting Houston Dash. The Breakers, who were looking to capitalize on their recent winning form, found themselves down a goal just two minutes into the match. Kealia Ohai accounted for both first-half goals by the Dash. Ohai scored again later in the half and the Dash sealed the win with a long-range strike from midfielder Carli Lloyd in the 62nd minute. The Breakers did produce some convincing offensive surges at times and were rewarded in second-half stoppage time as Natasha Dowie slid one in past Houston goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

Away to Portland, Boston will get back in the win column and return home with three points. With a victory at Portland, Boston will tie this season’s series with the Thorns. Their last matchup against the Thorns (8-3-5), came back in May and resulted in a 1-0 loss at Jordan Field. The Breakers looked as if they would walk away with a scoreless draw in that match, however, in the 80th minute, Tobin Heath took a free kick just outside the box, and it found Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s head for the game-winning goal.

“We are looking forward to going to Portland and testing ourselves against a team fighting for the playoff positions,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “All the pressure is on Portland, especially after their defeat against Seattle, and we are still determined to fight for every point left to finish our season positively.”

The Portland Thorns, who sit second in the NWSL table, are also coming into this weekend following a 3-1 loss. On the road at Seattle last weekend, the Thorns were handed just their second road loss of the season. Manon Melis, who took control of the game for the Seattle Reign, scored in the 27th and 50th minutes. Allie Long pulled one back for Portland as she found the net off of a Tobin Heath free kick. With a late goal by Seattle, Portland was unable to even the score.

Boston returns home on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. ET to take on the Western New York Flash for the third time this season, the first at Jordan Field. The Breakers then meet the Houston Dash away on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., E.T. Tickets to all home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

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