August 31, 2016
Breakers' win streak snapped by Dash
ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Boston Breakers’ two-game winning streak was snapped as they fell, 3-1, to the Houston Dash in a NWSL game before a 3,762 crowd at Jordan Field Wednesday night.
Kealia Ohai scored twice and U.S. Women's National Team captain Carli Lloyd once for the Dash (4-8-4, 16 points). Natasha Dowie converted in the 90th minute for the Breakers (3-10-1, 10 points)
“The performance wasn’t good enough,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “From start to finish, we just got the basics wrong. Unfortunately, we’ve been punished because of that. I was disappointed with the two goals in the first half. They were preventable. The third one was a good strike from Carli, but she shouldn’t be scoring from that distance. We had some good chances ourselves, but we didn’t deserve to win the game. It’s frustrating on my end because we’ve made so much progress.”
Ohai sent a left-footer from the left side of the penalty area inside the back post past Jami Kranich in the third minute, ending Kranich’s shutout streak at 198 consecutive minutes, best by a Breakers goalkeeper in NWSL games.
Ten minutes later, the Breakers had a chance, but a Kristie Mewis shot in the penalty area was blocked by Rebecca Moros. A minute later, Breakers defender Brooke Elby raced back to clear a shot off the line.
In the 28th minute, the Breakers’ Louise Schillgard had a shot stopped by Lydia Williams.
Houston took a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute as Ohai converted another left-footer.
The Breakers threatened early in the second half Brittany Ratcliffe’s shot at the near post was saved by Williams.
Lloyd’s 62nd-minute long-distance strike gave the Dash a three-goal lead.
Dowie scored her second goal in three games off a feed from Kyah Simon.
French midfielder Ghoutia Karchouni made her first NWSL start for the Breakers.