September 7, 2016
Breakers hold on, draw with Flash
ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Boston Breakers were assured of last place in the NWSL standings after a 2-2 tie with the Western New York Flash before a 1,425 crowd at Jordan Field Wednesday night.
Kyah Simon and Natasha Dowie scored, and Libby Stout made key saves in the final seconds for the Breakers.
“I’m pleased that we’ve got a point,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “We showed a lot of character and resilience. I thought the players’ application tonight was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for any more. They’ve shown a different side to their characters tonight, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”
The Breakers (3-13-2, 11 points) took a 1-0 lead as defender Julie King found Simon, who turned her defender and beat Sabrina D’Angelo far post in the fourth minute for her first goal of the year.
The Flash (8-5-5, 29 points) equalized on Jess McDonald’s 38th-minute goal.
In the 51st minute, the Breakers took a 2-1 lead as Louise Schillgard lofted a pass to Dowie, who chested down, took a touch, and beat D'Angelo for her third goal of the season. Eight minutes later, Dowie shot just wide.
“For me, the most pleasing thing was our attitude,” Dowie said. “We had a little bit of nastiness about us and a bit of belief, and I like that. The way that we went out, every single one of us gave it 110 percent today, and I loved it. That’s why we came away with a result today. We played good football and fought hard.”
The Flash equalized in the 76th minute when Makenzy Doniak found Lynn Williams, who beat Stout.
Stout came up with saves in the final few seconds, diving left to stop a close-range shot, then tipping a Doniak shot from distance over the bar.