Breakers open preseason with 6-0 win over Northeastern University

(March 24, 2014) - The Boston Breakers opened up the preseason with a 6-0 win over Northeastern University Monday night at Parsons Field in Brookline, Mass. Midfielder Maddy Evans and forward Katie Schoepfer scored twice each for the Breakers in the match, which was played in three 35-minute periods. Australian international Lisa De Vanna and former Duke University forward Mollie Pathman also scored for Boston, while keepers Alyssa Naeher and Jami Kranich combined to earn the shutout.

"Essentially, we set three or four priorities," Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. "We wanted to come out of the back a little faster. We wanted to try to create scoring chances off the buildup, which I think we fell a little short of. We wanted to reduce the opponent's time on the ball, which I think they did a really good job in transition with the press. Then we wanted to create one goal-scoring chance for every six to seven minutes that we played, and we accomplished that as well. Overall, I'm pleased. There were some bright spots. Lianne Sanderson played really well tonight. It was only her second day, but Lisa De Vanna had some really good movement. She's going to add quite a different dimension to the club up front. HAO (Heather O'Reilly) is HAO. She's a gem. Joanna Lohman did really well. Cat (Whitehill) is an anchor in the back. Out of the young players, I think Mollie Pathman played extremely well. And you can't deny Shep (Katie Schoepfer) and Maddy Evans. They had really great matches."

De Vanna opened the scoring, just one minute into the match. On her first touch as a Breaker, De Vanna headed the ball past Northeastern University's and 2013 Boston Breakers College Academy keeper Paige Burnett to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead. Monday was just De Vanna's second day in Boston training with her new club.

"It's been a while since I've played in freezing weather, so for me personally, that was a new challenge, but overall I think we're gelling. The quality is there. I've only been with them for two days, so it's trying to find links with everyone else and go on the philosophy we have planned here," De Vanna said. "It's a new challenge to me, so I don't know what to expect. I'm actually looking forward to playing with Heather and Lianne because to me they are world class players, so to have that caliber to play with is going to be really good. My main goal this year is to take each game as it comes and do better than we did last year and build what the Boston Breakers want to do: develop youth players and depth in the team to be a team that can be on top for (years to come)."

Following De Vanna's goal in the first 35 minutes, the remaining five goals came in the final 35 minutes of the game. Schoepfer made it 2-0 off a cross from Pathman. Pathman gave the Breakers a 3-0 lead, getting on the end of an Evans' cross, and minutes later, Pathman set up Evans' first goal of the night. Evans scored her second goal off a rebound of a shot by Schoepfer to make it a 5-0 game. Schoepfer then scored her second of the night, a free kick from 30 yards out, which she planted into the upper 90, for the 6-0 final.

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