June 24, 2016
Breakers fall to Flash, 7-1
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Boston Breakers’ winless streak extended to four games as they fell, 7-1, to the Western New York Flash Friday night.
The Flash (6-4-0, 18 points) struck in the 19th minute, Lynn Williams scoring from the top of the penalty area past Jami Kranich. In the 28th minute, Jess McDonald found the top corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Breakers (1-8-1, 4 points) had chances before pulling to within one on Christen Westphal’s first professional goal. Kyah Simon flicked a header just wide in the 32nd minute and Louise Schillgard’s 25-yard free kick was stopped on a diving save by Katelyn Rowland in the 36th minute.
Westphal, the No. 3 overall pick in the NWSL draft, finished inside the far post in the 38th minute.
Williams responded almost immediately as she collected a beautiful cross from McDonald and put it into the far side of the net to make it 3-1 Flash in the 39th minute.
The Flash were able to add two more goals before the break as McDonald added her second goal of the night off of a beautiful ball by Liz Eddy in the 43rd minute. Doniak netted her second goal of the season off of a long feed from Mewis, who was credited with her second assist of the game in first half stoppage time.
McDonald completed her hat trick in the 49th minute. Abby Dahlkemper fed an arching pass to Jaelene Hinkle, who fed it over to the foot of McDonald for an easy tap-in past Kranich. The hat trick was the first of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season and tied Carli Lloyd’s franchise record for most goals in a game by a single player. Taylor Smith added the team’s seventh goal in the 63rd minute on a shot that beat the right hand of Kranich and bounced in off of the far post.
Julie King made her 80th appearance, moving into third place in Breakers’ franchise history. Stephanie Verdoia made her first start of the season for the Breakers and second of her career.