July 31, 2016
Dowie scores in debut
ALLSTON, Mass. -- England international Natasha Dowie converted a goal in her NWSL debut as the Boston Breakers took a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride before a 4,379 sellout crowd at Jordan Field Sunday night.
The Breakers (2-11-1, 7 points) snapped streaks of five successive losses and seven games without a win.
Dowie scored in the 10th minute, intercepting a back pass at the top of the penalty area and slotting a shot past Kaitlyn Savage.
“I just wanted to help the team get the win,” Dowie said. “I’ve been watching every game, and they’ve been so close. So for me, first and foremost, I wanted to work hard and help the team win. To get a goal, even better. I’m so excited to be involved with the Boston Breakers. I feel privileged to be honest. I’m absolutely buzzing to get three points for the girls.”
Orlando (6-9-0, 18 points) produced several threats. In the 22nd minute, Kassey Kallman cleared a free kick from close range. In the 33rd minute, Katie Schoepfer dispossessed Jasymne Spencer in front of goal. Four minutes later, a Kristen Edmonds deflected free kick hit the post. In the second half, a 48th-minute Edmonds free kick from just outside the penalty area was headed clear by Julie King head it clear. In the 72nd minute, Brooke Elby headed off the line.
The Breakers nearly netted late. Stephanie Verdoia laid off for Rachel Wood in the penalty area, Wood’s shot going just wide of Savage in the 88th minute.
“I’m pleased we got the clean sheet and got another three points,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “It means we can go into this break with a positive frame of mind. We’ve got to play Houston twice, so we can still catch them. We’ve got Western New York here twice, and then we’ve got Portland and Kansas away, so there are still plenty of points for us to play for and pick up.”
The NWSL will take a break during the Olympic Games, the Breakers returning to action at FC Kansas City at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 28.