July 17, 2016
Breakers bounced by Sky Blue FC
The Boston Breakers scored more than once in a game for the first time this season, but their losing streak extended to five games with a 3-2 loss to Sky Blue FC before a 3,314 crowd at Jordan Field Sunday.
“It’s frustrating because we want to be winning games,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “The players come in and work hard and we work hard as a coaching team to make sure we turn it around but for whatever reason, we’ve just not crossed the line in some of these performances this year. It’s not that we haven’t been creating chances. Apart from the (Western) New York game, we’ve been creating double figures in chances every week.”
The Breakers (1-11-1, 4 points) took the lead on Angela Salem’s third-minute goal, the second consecutive match they scored within the first five minutes. Eunice Beckmann put two shots on target, Salem pounced on the rebound and scored past Casey for her first goal as a professional in the U.S.
The Breakers had a chance in the 24th minute, Katie Schoepfer shooting wide from just inside the top right corner of the penalty area. Sarah Killion’s penalty kick tied the score in the 28th minute and Leah Galton finished an assist from Tasha Kai for a 2-1 Sky Blue lead in the 37th minute.
The Breakers had a chance to tie in the 42nd minute, Stephanie McCaffrey having two two blocked shots from close range, Beckmann heading the rebound, Casey saving.
Sky Blue FC (5-4-4, 19 points) took a 3-1 lead in the 74th minute as Erica Skroski headed in a header from Kristin Grubka.
Defender Julie King’s 85th-minute goal pulled the Breakers within one. King headed a free kick from Louise Schillgard past Caroline Casey, her first goal of the year and Schillgard’s first assist.
Sky Blue countered four minutes later, but Jami Kranich made a diving save on Maya Hayes, then beat Hayes to the ball it at the near post.
Mollie Pathman, who scored her first professional goal in a 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride last week, went 90 minutes in her final game for the Breakers. Pathman is retiring to pursue a career in the medical field.
Defender Kylie Strom, called up from the Breakers Reserve team, made her professional debut as a 60th-minute replacement for Christen Westphal.