(June 10, 2014) – This Wednesday evening (kickoff 7 p.m. ET) sees the Boston Breakers return to Harvard Stadium for their latest home game in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), against the Washington Spirit. The match is a repeat of the clash between the two teams just nine days ago and the Breakers are out to make up for the 3-2 loss on that occasion.
In the previous meeting with Washington, two goals from Boston’s Lianne Sanderson were not enough as a free-kick from Christine Nairn and a double from Jodie Taylor secured the win for the Spirit. Mark Parsons’ team then went on to win 1-0 at the Chicago Red Stars on June 4th and it was Taylor who got the clincher, registering her sixth goal of the season.
Breakers players celebrate with Lianne Sanderson after her second goal versus Washington Spirit on June 1st
Photo Credit: Linehan Photography
The Spirit are 6-4-1 and currently sit 3rd in the NWSL standings, joint with 4th-placed Chicago on 19 points. Washington’s three-game winning streak began with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dash and they have scored 21 and conceded 20 in their first 11 games.
After Taylor, Diana Matheson is next on Washington’s scoring list with five (and three assists), while Nairn has netted three times (with one assist). Crystal Dunn has come up with three assists and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has two shutouts so far. Along with Harris, defenders Tori Huster and Ali Krieger are the only players to have clocked up all 990 minutes of the Spirit’s games this season.
Forward Caroline Miller (right ankle surgery), defender Toni Pressley (right knee PCL tear) and midfielder Tiffany Weimer (left knee ACL surgery) are unavailable for Washington. New signing Alex Singer is not expected to be involved after the defender just arrived in the U.S. following the completion of her season with Turbine Potsdam of the Frauen-Bundesliga.
Both Washington and Boston are set to be without players for this one due to international call-ups. The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on France in friendlies on Saturday, June 14th (at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL) and Thursday, June 19th (at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT). Head Coach Jill Ellis has called up Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn from the Spirit, as well as midfielders Heather O’Reilly and Kristie Mewis from the Breakers.
Mark Sampson has called up Boston forward Lianne Sanderson to his England squad for the World Cup qualifiers away to Belarus (Saturday, June 14th) and Ukraine (Thursday, June 19th). With players missing due to international duty, Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin has called up former Duke University midfielder/forward Kim DeCesare and midfielder Hanna Gilmore, an ex-Baylor University player who was initially with the Chicago Red Stars during the 2013 season.
Boston (2-8-0) is looking to get back in the win column after a 2-0 loss at FC Kansas City on Saturday made it two defeats in succession. Forward Lisa De Vanna tallied her first assist of the season in the last home game with the Spirit and she is targeting her first goal of the campaign on Wednesday evening.
Following the game with Washington, the Breakers will be at home again on Thursday, June 19th (kickoff 7 p.m. ET) as league leaders Seattle Reign provide the opposition.
The game with the Spirit will begin at 7 p.m. ET this Wednesday and you can follow the action on YouTube. Tickets for this one, and the game with Seattle at Harvard Stadium, our final home date until August 3rd, can be purchased from www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.
By Chris Brookes
You are able to view the match live listed at the link below via You Tube