(July 16, 2014) – After finishing first in the New England division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), the Boston Breakers Reserves will be heading into the regional playoffs. Along with ASA Charge (South Atlantic), CFC Passion (Mid Atlantic) and New York Athletic Club (Tri State), the Reserves will compete for a place in the WPSL Finals, which take place on July 26th/27th . The signs for the future are extremely encouraging for the Breakers as the College Academy secured a runners-up place in the league.
Working under Head Coach Frankie D’Agostino, the Breakers Reserves won nine and tied one in an undefeated regular season. Elizabeth Karoly, who graduated as Texas Christian University’s all-time top scorer, led the team with eight goals and two assists. Fellow forward Jasmin Corniel, out of Fairfield University, was close behind as she hit the target with seven strikes and a pair of assists. The side put together a sequence of five consecutive victories to begin with and ended the season with 45 goals to their name and only eight conceded.
Defender Rachel Wood scored twice for the Reserves and was last week announced as a signing for the senior team. The one-time University of North Carolina and University of California, Irvine player and her defensive colleagues were responsible for five shutouts, the last of which came in a 6-0 win over Seacoast United Phantoms on Saturday (July 12th).
Midfielder / forward Kim DeCesare scored once and assisted on three in a season in which she made her professional debut for the Breakers. Duke University graduate DeCesare is now headed to Eskilstuna United of Sweden’s top flight, the Damallsvenskan. São Paulo-born forward Suzane Pires was a creative and attacking force as she notched four goals and four assists, while midfielder Megan Manthey and forward Emily Banes also scored four apiece.
Alongside the winning performances of the Reserves were the impressive displays of the Breakers College Academy. Head Coach Stephanie Schafer and assistant Andy Coppola led the team to 2nd place in the WPSL with a 7-1-2 record.
After a 6-0 loss to the Reserves in the opening game at Harvard Stadium, the two sides met again on June 18th and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Midfielder Samantha Mewis, a capped member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, joined the Academy during the season after finishing school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hanson, Mass. native Mewis finished up with four goals and three assists, including a double as the Academy came from two behind in that game with the Reserves.
Former Boston College forward Stephanie McCaffrey was leading scorer with seven (with one assist) and she was one of five on the roster from BC. Another of those, U.S. Under-20 forward McKenzie Meehan came up with three goals and an assist, and her sister Madison Meehan also featured for the Academy, providing one assist from the back.
The Academy ended their season with five wins on the bounce, the last of which was a thumping 8-0 against Seacoast United Mariners (July 12th). The 4-0 win over Seacoast Phantoms (July 2nd) and the 5-1 over the New England Mutiny (July 7th) were also standouts as the Academy played a big part in a very enjoyable campaign for both Breakers teams in the WPSL.
The Breakers Reserves compete in the Regional Finals this Saturday in Maryland.