On a windy Saturday in Boston, the Boston Breakers would take on the 3-5-2 Washington Spirit who are just 2 points ahead of them on the table. A win would leapfrog them all the way into the 8th place on the young season. Coming off a 0-0 draw on Wednesday against the Dash of Houston, the Breakers would make two lineup changes in the form of Haavi and Leon starting for Purce and Westphal at two of the forward positions.
Washington would be on the attack early, gathering a couple free kicks and a corner within the first 10 minutes of the match. Those attacks resulted in no goals. That is when the Boston attack started make itself noticed. In the 12th minute Emilie Haavi would get into great position and get her shot blocked on an excellent defensive play. The Breakers would then begin to dominate possession of the match. In the middle of the first half Haavi and Leon would switch sides in the attacking field, but that had no effect on possession as the two of them would dominate the ball for the Boston side. The half would end with a 0-0 draw, but the Breakers seemingly dominating the match.
To begin the second half, Washington would bring 19-year old wonderkind Mallory Pugh on for Williams. While she showed off her young skill, she was unable to find the back of the net on this day. In the 52nd minute it appeared as if the Boston attack had finally broken through for a goal, but offsides was called. In the 63rd minute the Breakers would bring rookie Purce on for Emilie Haavi, who had played very well. She would show her importance within 10 minutes. In the 72nd minute Elby made a terrific defensive play and fed the ball ahead to Rosie White. White was able to get a beautiful shot off but it was saved by a sprawling Washington goalie. Off the ensuing corner kick, Purce got a great look at the net and knocked one in to give Boston the late lead. Her first goal was a massive one for the Breakers.
In the 85th minute after Onumanu had come on for Boston, she was able to use her incredible speed to get an excellent look at the goal. With only the goalie to beat, she pushed her shot wide after she had a chance to make it 2-0 and put the game away. The Breakers would go on to win 1-0. With Midge Purce making the big highlight, Megan Oyster and Julie King were the silent heroes. The two centre backs played phenomenally and helped Sammy Jo Prudhomme register her second consecutive clean sheet. With the win the Breakers earned their 12th point of the season, with a 3-3-6 record.
After playing their 3rd game in 8 days, the 8th place Breakers will prepare to play the 2nd place Chicago Red Stars on Friday the 7th.
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