September 24, 2016
Breakers blanked before sellout crowd
ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Boston Breakers ended the season with a 4-0 loss to the Western New York Flash before a 4,027 sellout crowd at Jordan Field Saturday night.
The Flash (9-6-5, 32 points), which secured the fourth and final NWSL playoff spot, took a 1-0 lead in the second minute as Makenzy Doniak crossed from the back post for Jess McDonald to finish past Libby Stout.
In the 14th minute, Stout came well off her line, the ball deflecting to McDonald, whose attempt at an empty net was headed off the line by Whitney Engen. Three minutes later, Stout stopped a header by Lynn Williams and in the 23rd minute, Stout tipped a header by Williams over the bar, just after Eunice Beckmann tallied the Breakers’ first shot on goal, a dipping 25-yard free kick.
The Flash took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Williams in the 25th minute. Brooke Elby cleared McDonald’s shot off the line off a cross from former Breaker McCall Zerboni, Williams finishing.
In the 45th minute, Zerboni crossed to Sam Mewis, who headed past Stout. In the 68th minute, Abby Dahlkemper converted a penalty kick.
“I’m disappointed,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “I’m frustrated because we worked well this week, and then we just didn’t perform. We need to turn up and put in a performance, and we just didn’t do that in the first half.”
The Breakers had chances in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Kyah Simon sent a cross to Natasha Dowie, whose header was saved by Sabrina D'Angelo. Minutes later, a cross from Beckmann was cut off by D’Angelo.