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BOSTON BREAKERS

August 28, 2016
BREAKTHROUGH
Schoepfer, Mewis lead Breakers past FC Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Boston Breakers took a 2-0 win over FC Kansas City, improving their winning streak to two games, at Swope Soccer Village Sunday night.

Katie Schoepfer and Kristie Mewis scored their first goals of the season and Jami Kranich made six saves to earn her second consecutive shutout.

Mewis, making her first appearance since June 18, scored in the 81st minute. Schoepfer tallied in the 38th minute.

The Breakers (3-11-1, 10 points) defeated FC Kansas City (4-8-4, 16 points) on the road for the first time, winning away from home for the first time since a 4-2 victory at Western New York Juy 25, 2014, and earning their first road shutout victory since July 6, 2013, a 2-0 win at Portland July 6, 2013.

Kranich’s play and the Breakers’ relentless offensive pressure led to a 1-0 halftime advantage. Kranich made saves in the fifth minute on a Yael Averbuch free kick and in the 11th minute on a close-range shot from former Breaker midfielder Heather O’Reilly.

The Breakers had chances to open the scoring. In the sixth minute, Brittany Ratcliffe fired just over the bar from just inside the penalty area. A minute later, Brooke Elby’s strike from distance was denied by Nicole Barnhart. Stephanie Verdoia nearly scored in the 14th minute, redirecting a Natasha Dowie header, Barnhart saving. In the 36th minute, Verdoia’s header went just wide.

Schoepfer scored after her left-footer was blocked, converting right-footed from 20 yards.

The Breakers had a 68th-minute chance as Angela Salem smashed a shot, Barnhart making a diving save.

Mewis finished her own rebound after sending a shot off the bar.

   
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