Breakers strike late, but Seattle holds on for the win

(Aug. 26, 2015) – The Boston Breakers, playing their second game in four days, lost on the road in Seattle Wednesday night despite a late surge. A goal and assist by Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe propelled the hosts to a 3-1 victory in front of 4,484 fans at Memorial Stadium.

The home side went ahead in the 21st minute after getting frustrated by the Breakers, who successfully defended three corner kicks in a two-minute span and got a pair of tremendous saves from keeper Alyssa Naeher.

After Naeher denied Rapinoe and Scottish international Rachel Corsie, both from close range, Stephanie Cox sent in a cross from the left corner, finding Rapinoe, who beat Naeher to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

Maddy Evans scored her second goal of the season in Wednesday night's loss (Photo By Mike Gridley)

The Reign doubled their lead in the 34th minute on a goal by Kendall Fletcher, but not after another great effort by Naeher, who stopped Welsh captain Jess Fishlock. The crafty midfielder tried flicking it past Naeher right in front of goal, but to no avail. The ball then careened out towards Fletcher, who struck it into goal for the 2-0 advantage.

Seattle went ahead, 3-0, in the 56th minute. Scotland striker Kim Little took a flick from Rapinoe just along the edge of the 18, came into the box, and found the back of the net.

The Breakers threatened twice in the second half before erasing Seattle’s shutout bid. The first attempt came in the 51st minute when Rafinha tried getting it past Hope Solo from a difficult angle but was denied, and again in the 80th minute when Stephanie Verdoia hit a shot just over the crossbar.

In the 88th minute, Maddy Evans scored her second goal of the season, collecting a pass from Kristie Mewis inside the box before beating Solo with a sharply struck, left-footed shot. It was Evans’ second goal of the season and Mewis’ second assist this year.

The Breakers finish their 2015 NWSL season this Sunday (Aug. 30) in Houston against the Dash. Season tickets for 2016 are on sale now. To purchase 2016 season tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704.

MATCH REPORT

Match: Boston Breakers at Seattle Reign FC

Date: Aug. 26, 2015

Venue: Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Wash.

Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET

Attendance: 4,484

Weather: 82 degrees, sunny

Lineups

BOS: Alyssa Naeher, Mollie Pathman, Kassey Kallman, Rachel Wood, Julie King, Amy Barczuk (Nkem Ezurike, 68), Katie Schoepfer, Bia (Stephanie Verdoia, 62), Rafinha (Maddy Evans, 74), Kristie Mewis, Kyah Simon

Subs not used: Jami Kranich, Stephanie McCaffrey, Morgan Marlborough, Lauren Lazo

SRFC: Hope Solo, Kendall Fletcher, Rachel Corsie, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox, Keelin Winters (Amber Brooks, 64), Jessica Fishlock, Kim Little, Megan Rapinoe, Merritt Mathias (Danielle Foxhoven, 71), Katrine Veje (Michelle Cruz, 82)

Subs not used: Haley Kopmeyer, Elli Reed, Mariah Bullock, Kiersten Dallstream

 

GOALS                                               1          2          F

Boston (4-12-3)                                   0         1          1

Seattle Reign FC (12-3-3)                   2         1          3

 

SCORING SUMMARY

Goal    Time   Team             Goal Scorer                           Assist

1          21        SRFC            Megan Rapinoe                   Stephanie Cox

2          34        SRFC            Kendall Fletcher                    

3          56        SRFC            Kim Little                               Megan Rapinoe

4          88        BOS              Maddy Evans                           Kristie Mewis

 

SHOTS

BOS: 6

SRFC: 13

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

BOS: 3

SRFC: 6

 

SAVES

BOS: 3

SRFC: 2

 

CORNERS

BOS: 4

SRFC: 8

 

OFFSIDES

BOS: 2

SRFC: 2

 

FOULS

BOS: 7

SRFC: 9

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

BOS: None

SRFC: None

 

Referee: David Mon

Assistant Referees: Vicente Cortes, Seth Martin

Fourth Official: Jeff Arthurholtz

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