Last night the last-place Boston Breakers headed to Houston to play the Dash in a midweek match. Even though this was a match being played by the two bottom teams on the table, it was played excellently. The match was played just after a men’s U.S. Open Cup match, leaving the turf all torn up, but that didn’t bother the ladies. Right out of the gate the pace was incredible. Houston was in control of the ball and getting plenty of shots off in the first 30 minutes, but the defense of Boston led by Megan Oyster and Julie King, who captained and made her 98th appearance, was phenomenal.
With about 10-15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Breakers would begin gaining some momentum on offense. A lot of this was due to them going away from using the long ball a lot. Neither team was able to score in the first half, however we did see both offenses begin to lock-in and move the ball well.
The second half is where things truly got exciting. To start the second half, the Boston side brought Emilie Haavi on for Brooke Elby, which indicated the Breakers wanted to capitalize off of any offensive opportunity that they would have. Boston would get several chances at the goal in the first 10 minutes of the half but were unable to cash in. As the game remained knotted at 0, it looked like Boston had scored to take the lead in the 84th minute as Adriana Leon sent one past the Houston goalie and into the net, however it was ruled off due to a hand-ball. Here’s the problem, it wasn’t a handball:
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The match would go on to end in a draw, sending the Breakers home with a well-deserved point (even though they should have had three points in all reality). The 0-0 draw would send the Breakers back to Boston at 2-6-3 and poised for a match against the Washington Spirit on Saturday, as they’ll look for 3 points. Breakers goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme got her first career clean sheet and hopes to keep the momentum going into the weekend.
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