Preview: Boston Breakers vs. Western New York Flash
(Aug. XX, 2014) – The Western New York Flash are fighting for their playoff lives when they travel to face the Boston Breakers on Sunday.
Rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Wys made a game-high nine saves Thursday, but the Flash were unable to overcome Sky Blue FC in a 1-0 road loss that pushed Western New York’s season to the brink.
It was just the fourth time this season coach Aaran Lines’ offense was held off the score sheet, but came at an inopportune time for the Rochester, N.Y. outfit. The loss left Western New York mired in sixth place, six points adrift of the fourth and final spot in the NWSL Playoffs.
Ten of the 11 losses this year for the 2013 NWSL finalist have come by a single goal – with the only other setback a two-goal loss to the Breakers.
Depending on results elsewhere this weekend, the Flash could enter the contest Sunday in need of a win to hang on to their slim postseason hopes.
Meanwhile, the Breakers enter Sunday’s match on the heels of a 4-2 victory over Western New York in Week 16.
Boston received two goals from midfielder and U.S. international Heather O’Reilly and a goal each from forward Jazmine Reeves and Lianne Sanderson as well as a five-save performance from goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
However, despite snapping a three-game losing streak and seven-match winless run the Breakers come into the contest Sunday having been officially eliminated from postseason contention following the Washington Spirit’s victory Wednesday.
Still, coach Tom Durkin’s side will have the opportunity to play spoiler with four of their final five matches – including the game Sunday versus the Flash – coming against teams currently chasing a playoff berth.
The match – the Breakers’ first at home since June 19 – starts a stretch that will see Boston play three of its final five games at Harvard Stadium after concluding a season-long seven game road trip in Week 16.
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