Preview: Spirit vs. Breakers
By NWSL news
(July 1, 2014) – The Washington Spirit welcome the Boston Breakers to town seeking their second consecutive win after snapping a three-game losing streak in Week 12.
Forward Jodie Taylor had a goal and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made two saves to lift the Spirit to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dash on Saturday to propel Washington to third in the standings.
The goal was the seventh of the season for Taylor – fourth-best in the league so far this season. Harris’ shutout was her third of the campaign, good enough to be tied along with Chicago Red Stars’ keeper Karina LeBlanc for the third most in the league.
The shutout is just the third of the season for Washington and the first for the Spirit against a team other than the Red Stars.
The Spirit will finish a stretch of two of three matches at home on Wednesday before heading out on the road for their next three games.
Washington have only been shutout once this season – against Boston in Week 10 – which is tied with Seattle Reign FC for the fewest in the NWSL this season.
The match Wednesday is the third and final meeting of the year between the Spirit and the Breakers – with the two clubs spitting the first two games against each other.
The Breakers come into the contest on the heels of their third consecutive game without a win following a 2-1 defeat to the Western New York Flash in Week 12.
Forward Nkem Ezurike scored the lone goal for Boston in the 71st minute after midfielder Maddy Evans intercepted a pass in the attacking half and then slipped a pass through the Western New York defense for the Michigan product to run onto and slide into the net.
The goal was the second of the year for Ezurike and the second assist for Evans.
The match Wednesday is the third in a stretch seven games away from home for the Breakers. Boston is 0-1-1 on the current road trip and 0-3-1 away from Harvard Stadium this season.
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Photo courtesy of Boston Breakers and Washington Spirit