Breakers return home, face Washington Spirit for first time in 2017 Saturday

By Nichole Paolino

(June 30, 2017) –  After grabbing a point on the road Wednesday, the Boston Breakers are heading home this Saturday, July 1, to face the eighth-place Washington Spirit at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

GAME NOTES

The Breakers picked up a point after ending in a scoreless draw against the Houston Dash on June 28 and will look to secure more points and climb the NWSL table as they face the Washington Spirit in front of their home crowd. The last time the Breakers played the Spirit was on June 10, 2016. The match ended in a 1-1 draw at Jordan Field.

“We are looking forward to playing back in front of our home fans,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We picked up a good point on the road, even though it should have been three, and a clean sheet, so we can take the confidence from that into the game against Washington.”

With the point earned on the road against the Houston Dash, the Breakers are one point behind the ninth-place Dash and two points behind the eight-place Spirit. Boston sits in 10th place in the NWSL standings with a 2-6-3 record and nine points and the Spirit have a 3-5-2 record and 11 points.

Francisca Oredega leads the attack for the Washington Spirit with four goals and two assists, putting her in sixth place for NWSL goals this season. Along with Oredega’s goals, midfielders Havana Solaun (three goals, one assist) and Kristie Mewis (two goals, one assist) account for nine of the 13 total goals the Spirit have this season. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe has a total of 44 saves on the season, putting her in third place on the NWSL saves list. The Spirit head into Saturday’s game coming off a 1-0 win against Portland on June 24.

Adriana Leon (two goals, three assists) almost notched her third goal of the season this past Wednesday in Houston but the goal was called back due to a hand ball. Leon and Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) continue to put pressure on the opponent’s backline, creating dangerous opportunities in the attacking third. On the opposite end of the field, Defenders Megan Oyster and Christen Westphal have made their presence known, holding strong and stopping numerous attacks in the past two games.

After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers are home to face the Chicago Red Stars on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Boston will play Seattle Reign FC the following Saturday (July 15, 10 p.m. ET) at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. 

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