(Sept. 6, 2016) – The Boston Breakers return home after a quick road trip to the West Coast, one that resulted in a 5-1 loss Sunday afternoon to Portland Thorns FC.
Wednesday at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass., the Breakers take on the Western New York Flash for the third time this season, but first time at home in 2016. The match is set for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.
The Breakers are currently mired in a grueling, five-games-in-14-days stretch, one that began Aug. 28 at FC Kansas City and concludes Sunday at Houston. Their most recent game – Sunday in Portland – saw the Thorns take a 4-0 lead before defender Julie King pulled one back for the visitors, heading in a well-placed free kick from German forward Eunice Beckmann late in the match. The goal was King’s fifth of her professional career.
The Flash come to town in a bit of a slump themselves, winless in their last five games. They tied first-place Washington, 1-1, on Saturday, getting the game-tying goal from Sam Mewis in the 86th minute. Prior to the draw at Washington, the Flash tied Houston, 2-2 at home and 3-3 on the road, and lost, 1-0, to FC Kansas City at home. They tied Seattle, 1-1, in Washington on July 16, which began their winless streak. Their last win came on July 9, a 3-2 victory against Seattle at home.
“We are very disappointed with our last two performances after a positive start following the Olympic break,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I’m looking for a reaction from the players, and I want to see us fight for everything on that pitch.”
The Breakers, meanwhile, enter Wednesday’s game stuck in a two-game slide. But before losses to Portland and Houston, the Breakers won two in a row, shutting out Orlando at home (July 31) and FC Kansas City on the road (Aug. 28). The latter was Boston’s first road win in two years and first at FC Kansas City. During Boston’s scoreless stretch, keeper Jami Kranich made history for the Breakers, going 198 minutes without allowing a goal, the most for a Breakers goalkeeper in the team’s NWSL history.
These two teams are certainly no strangers to each other, having seen each other in three separate leagues – NWSL (2013-2016), Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite (2012), and Women’s Professional Soccer (2011). The Breakers went 1-4-1 against the Flash in WPS and WPSL Elite combined. They are 2-7-2 against the Flash in NWSL play.
The Breakers look to get production Wednesday in the final third from the international trio of Natasha Dowie (England), Louise Schillgard (Sweden), and Kyah Simon (Australia). Dowie, who made her NWSL debut on July 31, scored two goals in her first three games for the Breakers. Simon assisted on Dowie’s goal in last week’s 3-1 loss at home to Houston. Schillgard has one goal on the season. It came in a 1-1 draw on June 10 at home to the Washington Spirit.
Boston has little time to rest, heading out on the road to face the Houston Dash this Sunday (Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., ET) at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Breakers return home Sept. 24 for their final game of the 2016 NWSL season. They face the Western New York Flash at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets to all home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.