The Boston Breakers and Washington Spirit haven’t figured out a way to beat one another yet this season. Saturday night at Dilboy Stadium, the Breakers hope to change that by scoring a victory in the teams’ third meeting of the year.
The Boston Breakers and Washington Spirit haven’t figured out a way to beat one another yet this season. Saturday night at Dilboy Stadium (7 p.m. ET kickoff), the Breakers hope to change that by scoring a victory.
"Washington has been good against us, and I think we match up well against them," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "We’ve done a lot of things really well, but our finishing and defense has been missing in key moments. We have to execute and finish off our opportunities."
Both teams played to a pair of 1-1 draws already this season, one at Dilboy Stadium on April 14, the second at the Maryland SoccerPlex on May 11. Washington comes into the game with a 1-3-3 record.
In the first meeting, a Sydney Leroux equalizer in second half stoppage time salvaged the draw, while in Maryland, Spirit midfielder Lori Lindsey leveled the match early in the second half after Boston’s Joanna Lohman put the Breakers ahead in the first half.
"Lori Lindsey’s goal was fantastic, but it was off of an initial turnover," Cole said. "We’re going to be eliminating our mistakes."
Since that match, both teams have seen an increase in offensive production with Leroux and Washington’s Diana Matheson both tied for first in the league in goals scored (4). Lianne Sanderson leads both the Breakers and the league (tied with FC Kansa City’s Lauren Cheney) in assists (3) and has had some good looks on goal as of late.
The Breakers (2-1-2) also will look to forward Katie Schoepfer to get on the score sheet after the third-year Breaker tallied her first goal of the year in Boston’s last home game, a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars.
There’s a lot on the line Saturday as a Boston win, combined with an FC Kansas City loss to Sky Blue FC Saturday, would move the Breakers into sole possession of second place. Heading into the match, Boston trails FC Kansas City by two points. Currently, Sky Blue FC and Portland Thorns FC sit at the top of the table, both level on 16 points.