June 10, 2016
Breakers draw with first-place Spirit
The Boston Breakers increased their home unbeaten streak to two games, playing the first-place Washington Spirit to a 1-1 tie before a season-high 4,007 crowd at Jordan Field Friday night.
“I was pleased,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “Washington are a good side. They’ve got lots of players that can cause you problems. I was disappointed with the goal, but we responded fantastically after that. I thought it was an entertaining game end to end, but from my perspective, it’s a good point.”
The Spirit (4-1-2, 14 points) took the lead in the 13th minute, Katie Stengel scoring off a rebound. Joanna Lohman’s shot from inside the penalty area was saved by Libby Stout, Stengel finishing at the far post.
Two minutes later, the Breakers (1-6-1, 4 points) leveled the score on a Louise Schillgard penalty kick. match. Brooke Elby was taken down by Cali Farquharson to earn the penalty, Schillgard sending the shot past Kelsey Wys for her first NWSL goal.
The Breakers threatened in the second minute, Schillgard’s corner cleared by Tori Huster. In the fifth minute, Elby’s cross was cleared by Ali Krieger.
In the 53rd minute, Schillgard’s curling free kick was saved by Wys. Four minutes later, Stout made a stop on a free kick by Christine Nairn. In the 76th minute, Julie King made a spectacular play to stop a shot by Lohman in the goal area.