(Aug. 4, 2014) - After a seven game away stretch, the Boston Breakers returned to Harvard Stadium in front of 3,754 fans, to take on the Western New York Flash in the second of their back to back series in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) resulting in a last minute 3-4 loss for the Breakers.
Both teams came out with the win on their minds, pushing each other and showing their full blown talent. In the second minute of play, Kristie Mewis nearly had a goal off of a cross from Jazmine Reeves but it went wide. Only six minutes later, Flash forward,Abby Wambach, in her second game back after being away with a knee injury, scored her fifth goal of the season, on goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher. Western New York Flash put pressure on the Boston Breakers defense line but the Breakers stood strong not allowing the Flash to break through again in the first half.
Fighting back against the Flash, Heather O'Reilly took on their defense but her attempt at a goal with a hard low drive was scooped easily by Flash goalkeeper, Kelsey Wys, in the 23rd minute. In the 29th minute, Mewis tried to sneak a cross in the Flash box and was turned away. But, Mewis came back strong again and was able to bury her chance into the open net, her first goal of the season, with an assist from Bianca Sierra, tying up the game.
In the 31st minute, Samantha Kerr fought in the Boston box on the quick Flash counter and was able to draw a penalty kick. Carli Lloyd, midfielder and Flash captain, took the kick but it was caught by Naeher with a huge dive in the 32nd minute. Boston Breakers refusing to leave the pitch with a loss, worked hard to get another goal past Wys but were unsuccessful in the first half. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.
Four minutes into the second half, Flash was awarded a free kick taken by Brittany Taylor to Wambach who was able to convert it into a Flash goal over the head of Naeher. Both O'Reilly and Mewis drove towards the Flash box but both were turned away in the 51st and 53rd minute, respectively. In the 66th minute, Lloyd headed the ball to Kerr, Flash midfielder, who headed the ball past Naeher for another Flash goal (1-3).
In the Flash box during the 70th minute, Teigen Allen received a yellow card after a tackle on Reeves. Two minutes later O'Reilly was able to make a beautiful cross to Reeves in the box but her header couldn't find the back of the net. In the 75th minute, O'Reilly, on a free kick, sent the ball to Rachel Wood, who headed the ball to Reeves for another header resulting in a Breakers goal. Less than two minutes later, Mewis took on the Flash defense in their own box and was able to find the back of the net, tying up the game 3-3.
Refusing to let the game end in a tie, both teams came back strong. The Breakers had three more shots on goal, two of which were stopped by Wys and one which went wide followed by two shots on Naeher, both stopped. In the four additional minutes of time added by the 4th official in the 90th minute, Sonia Bermudez was able to get the ball past Naeher resulting in a 3-4 lead and win by the Flash.
The Breakers are now 4-14-2 and will play KC Kansas City for the last time this season at Durwood Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri (6:30 EST kickoff). You can follow the action on the YouTube live stream. The Breakers will be back at Harvard Stadium on August 10th playing the Portland Thorns FC. To purchase tickets visitwww.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704.
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 8 Western New York Abby Wambach
2 29 Boston Kristie Mewis Bianca Sierra
3 49 Western New York Abby Wambach Adriana Martin
4 66 Western New York Samantha Kerr Carli Lloyd
5 74 Boston Jazmine Reeves Rachel Wood
6 76 Boston Kristie Mewis Heather O’Reilly
7 92+ Western New York Sonia Bermudez Samantha Kerr