Breakers head to Washington looking to remain unbeaten
The Breakers are one of only three unbeaten teams remaining in the National Women’s Soccer League, and they look to extend that streak Saturday night (May 11 at 7 p.m. ET) in Maryland against the Washington Spirit.
"I think Washington is a good team, and they’ve proved that this season. I think people may have underestimated them," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "And we’re in a better place than we were on opening day (a 1-1 tie at home vs. Washington)."
Currently in second place in the NWSL table, three points back of Portland and tied on points with FC Kansas City, the Breakers come into Saturday’s match with a 2-0-1 record compared to Washington’s 0-2-2 mark.
For the second straight week, a Breaker was named NWSL Player of the Week. This week’s honor went to Sydney Leroux, who scored the first-ever hat trick in league history, leading the Breakers to a 4-1 win at home last Saturday against the Chicago Red Stars. Katie Schoepfer opened the scoring for Boston, tallying her first goal of the season. Currently, Leroux leads the league in goals scored with four.
"Schoepfer scored a very important first goal for us, and Syd picked up three more," Cole said. "At Western New York, HAO (Heather O’Reilly) got both goals for us. We have a lot of options. Lianne Sanderson has put herself into goal-scoring positions, so we need to get her on the board, and we need to get Kyah Simon and Adriana Leon on the board as well."
The Spirit are coming off a 2-1 loss to Portland in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,011 at the Maryland SoccerPlex last Saturday. Despite heading into Saturday’s match with no wins on the season, Washington poses a threat up top with Canadian international Diana Matheson, who leads the team and is tied for second in the league in scoring with three goals.
The last time the Breakers played at the Maryland SoccerPlex was May, 8, 2010, a 0-0 draw against the Washington Freedom. The match marked the first Women’s Professional Soccer shutout for Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips. On the other side of the ball and helping to secure the shutout for Washington was current Breakers defender Cat Whitehill.
"The Maryland SoccerPlex is one of the best venues," Cole said. "I think the width of the field will play to our style of play."
You can watch Saturday night’s game live at 7 p.m. ET on the NWSL YouTube page.