By Nichole Paolino
(Aug. 18, 2017) – The Boston Breakers are back at home this Saturday Aug. 19, to face the Orlando Pride at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
After a 3-1 loss on home turf to the Houston Dash on Wednesday, the Breakers are looking to bounce back as they host the Orlando Pride for a Saturday afternoon matchup.
“We were very disappointed with how Wednesday night turned out against Houston. Of course the injuries are hurting us right now, but we have to continue to believe and fight for every available point,“ Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Orlando are playing well right now, but as long as we concentrate on our game and at home, we can beat anyone on our day at Jordan Field.”
The Breakers sit in ninth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 3-8-7 record and 16 points. The Orlando Pride are in fifth place with a 7-6-5 record and 26 points. Boston is four points behind eighth-place FC Kansas City. Orlando heads into Wednesday coming off a 5-0 win against Sky Blue FC.
Adriana Leon stays atop the Breakers attack with five goals and four assists. Adding to the offensive presence is Natasha Dowie (four goals, two assists). She scored a goal Wednesday night against the Dash, getting an assist from Margaret Purce. Rosie White ranks third on the team with three goals. She also has one assist. Goalkeeper Abby Smith has a total of 65 saves this season, placing her fifth for saves in the NWSL.
Orlando is led by Brazilian International and five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, with 11 goals and five assists. Marta currently sits in second place in the NWSL for goals scored this season. Additionally, Alex Morgan (five goals, two assists) and Camila (four goals, five assists) contribute to the Pride’s attack. The three players account for 20 of the 33 goals scored this season for Orlando, tying the club for first in total goals in the NWSL. Last Saturday’s game for Orlando saw the return of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who recorded three saves in the shutout.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers head out on a two-game road trip down the East Coast with the first match against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Boston will head down the coast to play the Orlando Pride the following Saturday (Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET) at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.