Breakers return from road trip to face Sky Blue FC Sunday at home

(July 15, 2016) - After a long stretch on the road, the Boston Breakers finally return home this weekend as they look forward to their rematch against Sky Blue FC this Sunday at Jordan Field (5 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.

By Anna Padilla

(July 15, 2016) - After a long stretch on the road, the Boston Breakers finally return home this weekend as they look forward to their rematch against Sky Blue FC this Sunday at Jordan Field (5 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.

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Boston will be focused on a positive result after a tough, 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride last weekend. In their first matchup against the expansion Pride, the Breakers made offensive strides and found themselves up 1-0 within the first five minutes. The goal by Mollie Pathman was the first of her professional career. The Breakers defense proved tough for the whole of the game with keeper Jami Kranich setting a career high of seven saves. In a game that looked to end with three points for Boston, the Pride tied the game in the 90th minute with a free kick by Kristen Edmonds. Edmonds then won the game for Orlando with a goal in stoppage time.

Playing Sky Blue FC (4-4-4) for the second time this season, the Breakers are looking for a bit of revenge against their New Jersey rivals. In May, Boston lost to Sky Blue in a close, 1-0 game on the road. While the Breakers outshot Sky Blue FC, 13-9 in that match, they unfortunately were unable to capitalize on their opportunities in front of goal. Boston’s defense stayed tough throughout the match, but an own goal in the 41st minute gave Sky Blue the lead for good.

“Obviously, they’ve done well this year. They’re in good form. They’ve lost one of their last six games. They’re difficult to beat,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “But from that side of things, we’ve had (four) tough weeks from home. Apart from the Western New York game, I think we can take some positives from some of our performances. We’ve been hit hard with injuries with Kristie Mewis and Libby Stout, so from our perspective now, we’re looking forward to playing at home. It’s a game I feel we can pick three points up in.”

Sky Blue FC, currently sixth in the NWSL table, comes to Jordan Field after a win over the Houston Dash last weekend. With 16 shots, Sky Blue FC were aggressive in the final third and benefited from a strike in the 57th minute by Taylor Lytle. Houston was unable to capitalize on its offensive chances, and Sky Blue FC won, 1-0.

The Breakers remain at home to play the Orlando Pride on Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

Natalie Ellard contributed to the Game Notes

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