(Aug. 28, 2016) – The Boston Breakers made it two wins in a row, handing hosts FC Kansas City a 2-0 defeat at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo. Sunday night.
Katie Schoepfer and Kristie Mewis scored their first goals of the season, while keeper Jami Kranich made six saves to earn her second consecutive shutout.
Mewis, who returned from injury and made her first appearance since June 18, scored in the 81st minute to account for the 2-0 final. Schoepfer tallied the first goal of the game. It came in the 38th minute.
A combination of strong goalkeeping by Kranich and relentless pressure in the attacking third gave the Breakers a 1-0 advantage heading into the second half. Kranich made two key saves – one in the fifth minute on a Yael Averbuch free kick, the other in the 11th minute on a close-range shot from Heather O’Reilly.
The Breakers had a handful of chances to open the scoring prior to Schoepfer’s goal. In the sixth minute, Brittany Ratcliffe fired just over the bar from just inside the 18. A minute later, Brooke Elby’s strike from distance was denied by Nicole Barnhart. Stephanie Verdoia nearly scored in the 14th minute, redirecting a Natasha Dowie header, but Barnhart was there to make the save. And in the 36th minute, Verdoia put a header just wide of the post.
In the 38th minute, Schoepfer took a shot from 20 yards out with her left foot, but it was blocked. She gathered the rebound and hit a rocket with her right foot, beating Barnhart for the 1-0 lead.
The Breakers had a few chances to double their lead before Mewis’ goal. The best came in the 68th minute when Angela Salem smashed a shot on goal that forced Barnhart to make a diving save. Just over 12 minutes later, Mewis added the insurance goal. The play began when Mewis drilled a shot off the crossbar. The ball bounced in front of goal, where Mewis came racing in to hit it past Barnhart.
The Breakers return to action Wednesday, Aug. 31, hosting the Houston Dash (8 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: The win on the road was Boston’s first away from home since July 25, 2014, a 4-2 victory at Western New York … It was Boston’s first shutout victory on the road since July 6, 2013, a 2-0 win at Portland … The win was Boston’s first on the road at FC Kansas City … Katie Schoepfer scored her first goal of the 2016 NWSL season. She now has 16 goals in her six seasons with the Breakers … Kristie Mewis’ goal, also her first of the season, was her 10th goal as a Breaker … French international Ghoutia Karchouni came on in the 75th minute. It marked her NWSL and Breakers debut … Jami Kranich earned the fourth shutout of her professional career (second of the season), making six saves … Brooke Elby’s assist was the first point of her professional career.
NWSL Match Report
Match: FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers
Date: Aug. 28, 2016
Venue: Swope Soccer Village, Kansas City, Mo.
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 90 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 1 1 2
FCKC 0 0 0
BOS – Katie Schoepfer (Brooke Elby) – 38’
BOS – Kristie Mewis – 81’
BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen, 5-Kassey Kallman; 23-Brooke Elby; 26-Angela Salem, 88-Katie Schoepfer (29-Ghoutia Karchouni, 75), 22-Stephanie Verdoia (19-Kristie Mewis, 53), 11-Brittany Ratcliffe (17-Kyah Simon, 62), 9-Natasha Dowie, 10-Louise Schillgard
Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 27-Eunice Beckmann, 21-Christen Westphal, 3-Elise Krieghoff
Head Coach: Matt Beard
FCKC: Nicole Barnhart; Yael Averbuch, Becky Sauerbrunn, Brittany Taylor, Katie Bowen, Lo’eau LaBonta, Mandy Laddish (Brianne Reed, 91), Heather O’Reilly, Frances Silva (Caroline Kastor, 79), Erika Tymrak (Tiffany McCarty, 65), Shea Groom
Subs not used: Cat Parkhill, Molly Menchel, Alexa Newfield, Alex Arlitt
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
Stats Summary: BOS / FCKC
Shots: 14 / 17
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 1 / 4
Offside: 7 / 8
Referee: Christina Unkel
Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Wooten
Assistant Referee 2: TJ Zablocki
Fourth Official: Jon Freeman