(April 5, 2014) - The Boston Breakers concluded their preseason Saturday night at ForeKicks in Taunton, Mass. with a 6-0 win over the University of Connecticut. Midfielder Maddy Evans scored three goals, Chelsea Stewart notched two goals, and Katie Schoepfer tallied one to give the Breakers the win. Keeper Jami Kranich earned her first full shutout of the preseason.
With the win, the Breakers finished the preseason at 4-0. They beat UConn, Northeastern University, Boston College, and Harvard University, outscoring their opponents, 17-1.
Maddy Evans scored three of her five preseason goals in the 6-0 win over UConn (Photos By Mike Gridley)
Saturday night in Taunton, Evans scored the first goal of the game, set up brilliantly by Cat Whitehill and Julie King. Whitehill sent the ball a good 40 yards out wide to King, who came streaking down the left flank. King's cross found Evans in front, and the second-year Breaker gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Two minutes later, Schoepfer hit a low-driven ball past UConn keeper Emily Armstrong to put the Breakers ahead, 2-0.
Just past 20 minutes, Evans scored her second goal of the match, a stunning strike into the upper 90. Evans completed her hat trick 10 minutes into the second half, this time rocketing the ball from 20 yards out, sneaking it just under the bar to give the Breakers a 4-0 advantage. Stewart came on in the 60th minute and immediately made an impact, scoring two goals in less than 10 minutes for the 6-0 final.
Chelsea Stewart heads upfield against UConn. Stewart scored two goals in the win.
"It was our final dress rehearsal before Seattle, and I thought we did a really good job," Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. "We played with high intensity. They did very well."
Maddy Evans finished the preseason as the team's leading scorer with five goals (three against UConn, two against Northeastern) ... Katie Schoepfer was the second-leading scorer with four goals ... Chelsea Stewart, Mollie Pathman, and Cat Whitehill each scored two goals, and Joanna Lohman and Lisa De Vanna scored one goal apiece ... The only goal the Breakers allowed this season came in a 4-1 win over Harvard University (April 2) ... Keepers Alyssa Naeher and Jami Kranich each had one shutout apiece (Naeher vs. Boston College; Kranich vs. UConn) and combined on another, splitting time in the 6-0 win over Northeastern.
The Breakers open their 2014 National Women's Soccer League schedule Sunday, April 13, at Seattle Reign FC before returning home on Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. ET to face the Houston Dash. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.