Breakers top Boston College on late goal by Cat Whitehill

Defender converts penalty for the win

(March 29, 2014) - The Boston Breakers got a goal from defender and captain Cat Whitehill to defeat Boston College, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Newton, Mass.

(March 29, 2014) - The Boston Breakers got a goal from defender and captain Cat Whitehill to defeat Boston College, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Newton, Mass. Whitehill converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute to give the Breakers the victory. With the win, the Breakers improved their preseason record to 2-0 after opening the preseason Monday, March 24 with a 6-0 win at Northeastern University.

"The game today presented a number of challenges. We've been training every day since last Sunday; we carried a good amount of fatigue into the game. The surface is extremely fast. Being that it was a rainy day, it made it a little more difficult for us. And credit to Boston College, they came out and put a lot of pressure on us," Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. "We didn't respond well to the pressure at the onset of the game, (so) we didn't start the game well. We missed a lot of passes. They got behind us a few times. We were a little shaky on marking after the buildup. But all that being said, we created a lot of chances, and after trying to re-emphasize the game plan at halftime, the girls came out, and the tides were turned. We should have scored three or four goals."

Lianne Sanderson tracks down BC's Madison Meehan (Photo By Mike Gridley)

Boston College had the better of the chances early on, pressing the Breakers back line. In the 16th minute, the Eagles had their best scoring chance of the half. Stephanie McCaffrey, who scored 16 goals for Boston Breakers College Academy last summer, snaked between two Breakers defenders before getting a shot off from just inside the 18, but Breakers outside back Julie King slid across and blocked the attempt on goal.

Down the other end, the Breakers were flustered by BC keeper Alex Johnson. In the 38th minute, Breakers midfielder Kaylyn Kyle played the ball out wide to Heather O'Reilly. O'Reilly came in one-on-one with Johnson and tried slotting it far post, but Johnson made a sprawled-out diving save to keep the game scoreless.

The Breakers controlled play for most of the second half, but couldn't get past Johnson, who twice denied Lianne Sanderson inside the 18 with two spectacular diving saves (Johnson also was a member of Boston Breakers College Academy last summer). The Eagles had two legitimate attempts on goal in the second half. The first came in the 55th minute when McCaffrey arced a shot over Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher, who came well off her line to snag the ball, but McCaffrey was denied when Whitehill cleared it off the line. Three minutes later BC forward Jill Lutz attempted a bicycle in front of Naeher. Lutz got on the end of it, but her shot went right at Naeher, who made the save.

In the 67th minute, Mollie Pathman, one of the Breakers2014 NWSL College Draft picks, perfectly placed a corner kick right into the box and right to Sanderson, who turned and got a shot off on goal, but it was headed off the line. Ten minutes later, Pathman played in Sanderson, who was denied by Johnson, and in the 79th minute, Johnson dove to stop a close-range shot by O'Reilly.

In the 88th minute, Pathman made a break for a ball rolling into the BC box. Johnson raced out to get the ball, but instead took out Pathman, thus awarding the Breakers a penalty kick. Whitehill stepped up to the spot, picked the left corner, while Johnson dove in the opposite direction. Whitehill's goal gave the Breakers the 1-0 win.


Following the game, Breakers head coach Tom Durkin commented on the play of Mollie Pathman and the debut of Canadian international Kaylyn Kyle:

"Once again, Mollie Pathman was a bright spot. She's surprised well above her expectations. I'm pleased with the way the team responded, and it was good to get a hard game."

"It was hard for (Kaylyn). You can see her quality, and I really like that she's agressive. She's got a really high work rate," Durkin said. "But she didn't really have a lot of opportunity to train with the team, only three days."


Boston Breakers
Boston College
Goal Scorer
Cat Whitehill
Time       Team                                                    OUT                                          IN
52            Breakers                                       Katie Schoepfer                Mollie Pathman
52            Breakers                                       Chelsea Stewart               Jazmyne Avant
56            Breakers                                       Kaylyn Kyle                      Bianca D'Agostino
60            Breakers                                       Rachel Wood                    Courtney Jones
69            Breakers                                       Maddy Evans                    Melissa Ortiz
78            Breakers                                       Julie King                         Ashley Grove
83            Breakers                                       Joanna Lohman                Katie Oakes
83            Breakers                                       Lianne Sanderson             Hanna Gilmore
85            Breakers                                       Heather O'Reilly               Kim DeCesare


Breakers: Alyssa Naeher (GK), Julie King (Ashley Grove 78'), Cat Whitehill (C), Rachel Wood (Courtney Jones 60'), Chelsea Stewart (Jazmyne Avant 52'), Kaylyn Kyle (Bianca D'Agostino 56'), Joanna Lohman (Katie Oakes 83'), Heather O'Reilly (Kim DeCesare 85'), Lianne Sanderson (Hanna Gilmore 83'), Maddy Evans (Melissa Ortiz 69'), Katie Schoepfer (Mollie Pathman 52')

Boston College (starters): Alexandra Johnson (GK), Casey Morrison, Madison Meehan, McKenzie Meehan, Jill Lutz, Jana Jeffrey, Rosie DiMartino, Lauren Bernard, Coco Woeltz, Stephanie McCaffrey, Hayley Dowd

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