(July 31, 2017) - Following yet another superb season for the Boston Breakers Reserves, a handful of players from the 2017 team are heading overseas to continue their careers.
The Breakers Reserves, who claimed their second straight East Regional title and advanced to the WPSL National Championship Final Four, finished 8-0 and atop the New England division during the regular season. They ended the season at 9-1 following a win and loss in the postseason.
Five players from this year’s team are now on their way to Europe. This group includes Ashley Clark, who scored 11 goals and tallied five assists for the Reserves in 2017. Clark, along with her Reserves teammate McKenzie Hollenbaugh, will both play for HAV Football Club in France.
Hannah Keane is going to Germany to play in the Bundesliga for USV Jena, and Hayley Katkowski heads to FC Slovacko in the Czech Republic. Cheryl Edwards signed with West Bromwich Albion in England.
“We have been pleased with another successful Reserve team season, and to now see some of these players taking the step up to the professional ranks is another good sign that the development philosophy and structure we have built at the club works,” said Boston Breakers President of Soccer Operations and Development, Lee Billiard. “We have a complete development structure from grassroots all the way through to the pro team, so for us it is important we are developing players in that structure and helping them reach the highest level they possibly can, whether that is in our club, to college, or to help them move on abroad. We wish the five girls heading overseas all the best, and we hope to have more taking the jump to pro level soon.”
In past year’s, several Breakers Reserve team players have gone on to play professionally overseas and some continue to do so today. That group includes: Sam Lofton - Sunnana SK (Sweden) in 2016 and Breidablik UBK (Iceland) in 2017; Tori Christ - Vasteras BK30 (Finland) 2015-current; Chanel Johnson - Sunnana SK (Sweden) in 2016; Roselord Borgella - Suwan FMC (South Korea) in 2016; and Kim DeCesare - Eskilstuna United (Sweden) in 2014.