The second match of a tough three-game stretch for the Breakers takes place Wednesday night at home as the Boston Breakers take on the Western New York Flash. This is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs and first at Dilboy Stadium. Wednesday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Breakers are coming off a 5-1 loss to Sky Blue FC. In Saturday’s defeat on the road, the Breakers got their goal from Canadian international Adriana Leon. It was her first goal of the season and first start in the National Women’s Soccer League. The Breakers look to get back into the win column, coming into the match with a 3-2-2 record and in third place, while Western New York is 3-2-1 and tied for fourth with FC Kansas City.
"We’re excited to get back on the field," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "Anytime you take a defeat like we did, a quick turnaround is good."
The Breakers beat the Flash, 2-1, back on April 27 in Rochester, N.Y. Heather O’Reilly scored both goals in the come-from-behind win. But this is a new-look Flash that is coming to Boston Wednesday night. The team was without U.S. Women’s National Team players Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd, who were both out with injuries in the early season matchup.
"We know we have to be at our best," Cole said. "We’re looking forward to the challenge and getting back out onto the field."
Wambach, the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, comes into the game tied for second in the league in goals scored (4) with Breakers forward Sydney Leroux and six others in the league. The Flash also have a lethal threat up top in Australian Samantha Kerr, who scored against the Breakers in the matchup earlier this season.
After Wednesday’s match, the Breakers only have three days to prepare for their next opponent - the Chicago Red Stars - who they face Sunday on the road (4 p.m. ET) start.
For team rosters and the projected starting lineup and substitutes for the Breakers, check out the Game Notes.