Breakers snap losing streak with 1-0 win over FC Kansas City

(May 22, 2016) – With a goal from the head of Whitney Engen and a shutout from goalkeeper Libby Stout, the Boston Breakers earned their first win of the season in a 1-0 game against FC Kansas City Sunday night at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

By Katie Peverada

(May 22, 2016) – With a goal from the head of Whitney Engen and a shutout from goalkeeper Libby Stout, the Boston Breakers earned their first win of the season in a 1-0 game against FC Kansas City Sunday night at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

HIGHLIGHTS

FULL MATCH

The lone goal of the game came in the 19th minute and was Boston’s first of the season. In her first start, Brooke Elby worked down the right side of the field and saw her cross attempt deflect out for a corner. Kristie Mewis sent the ensuing ball to the far post where a running Engen timed her run onto the ball perfectly and out-jumped two FCKC defenders, heading it home for the lead.

“We worked on it in training yesterday and we were focusing on the back post. Kristie Mewis served a gorgeous ball and it kind of got lost in the sun,” Engen said. “It just appeared, and I stuck it in the back of the net.”

The Breakers did their best to entertain the crowd of 3,288 for entirety of the game.

“Tonight, from start to finish, I thought we were fantastic,” said head coach Matt Beard.

Stout did her part to earn her first NWSL shutout and the first shutout victory for the Breakers since a 1-0 win at home against FC Kansas City on May 30, 2015.

Katie Schoepfer gets past FCKC's Desiree Scott in Sunday's win (ISI Photos)

With Mandy Laddish streaking down the left side of the field in the 36th minute, Stout charged out to cut off the angle and made the reactionary, diving save on the shot attempt near the 18-yard mark. Stout, who finished with four saves, braved the Blues’ rush throughout the game, in both the run of play and on corners.

Boston kept pushing for another goal at the end of the first 45 minutes, and nearly found the back of the net.

Elby entered the box with a path to net, but FC Kansas City keeper Nicole Barnhart made her own lunging save. It was almost a 2-0 game in the waning moments of stoppage time as Mewis sent a ball in from 35 yards out that Katie Schoepfer just headed over the top of the net.

It was Schoepfer who kept the Boston engine churning in the second half, as the midfielder had another near miss in the 57th minute when she one-timed a cross towards the open net, but it found the back of a defenders leg.

Ten minutes later, Schoepfer found herself with another chance to score when Simon sent her in with a ball over the top. Schoepfer and Barnhart, who finished with four saves, converged on the ball at the same time and deflected it to Simon who pushed the rebound wide right. Simon had her own near miss in the 77th minute when Louise Schillgard found her running into box, but Simon rocketed a shot off the post.

The Boston defense stayed tight throughout the game, preventing FC Kansas City from getting substantial chances on goal.

As a unit, they stepped up twice to pull FC Kansas City offside, and individually, Julie King, Mollie Pathman, Kassey Kallman and Engen backtracked to deny individual runs and block shots. Pathman also had a key play in the 84th minute when she got down and blocked a dangerous shot from Alex Arlitt to preserve the first win.

“It was a relief to get the goal and a relief to get the win,” Beard said, “because now we can actually enjoy the football.”

After a trip to Western New York Friday, May 27 (7 p.m. ET), the Breakers return home on Friday, June 10 (7 p.m. ET) to face the Washington Spirit. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.

Notes: Tonight, defender Julie King made her 76th appearance for the Breakers, tying Angela Hucles for fourth all-time in franchise history … Whitney Engen scored Boston’s first goal of the season, snapping a scoreless stretch of 571 minutes … Libby Stout earned her first shutout in the NWSL, making four saves … Brooke Elby earned her first start in the NWSL.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Boston Breakers vs. FC Kansas City

Date: May 22, 2016

Venue: Jordan Field; Allston, Mass.

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET

Attendance: 3,288

Weather: 62 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:           

                                1              2              F

BOS                        1             0              1

FCKC                      0             0              0

BOS – Whitney Engen (Kristie Mewis) 19th minute

Lineups:

BOS: 1-Libby Stout; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen (captain), 5-Kassey Kallman; 20-Mollie Pathman, 77-McCall Zerboni (10-Louise Schillgard, 56), 26-Angela Salem, 19-Kristie Mewis, 23-Brooke Elby (21-Christen Westphal, 65); 88-Katie Schoepfer (9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 69), 17-Kyah Simon

Subs not used: 2-Jami Kranich, 24-Rachel Wood, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 3-Elise Krieghoff

Head Coach: Matt Beard 

FCKC: 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Katie Bowen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 13-Brittany Taylor, 5-Alex Arlitt, 3-Desiree Scott, 10-Yael Averbuch (15-Erika Tymrak, 78), 7-Mandy Laddish (88-Alexa Newfield, 67), 11-Frances Silva (20-Tiffany McCarty, 46), 9-Heather O'Reilly, 2-Shea Groom

Subs not used: 0-Katelyn Rowland, 14-Amanda Frisbie

Head Coach:  Vlatko Andonovski

Stats Summary: BOS / FCKC                                          

Shots: 14 / 10

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 4 / 4

Corner Kicks: 4 / 5

Fouls: 7 / 14

Offside: 0 / 10

Misconduct Summary:

BOS – Whitney Engen (caution) 90th minute

Officials:

Referee: Christopher Spivey

Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner

Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Cook

Fourth Official: Michael Dee

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