Boston start home win streak with Reign shutout

Allison Lee April 29, 2017 36

The Boston Breakers improved to 2-1-0 for the season after defeating the Seattle Reign, 3-0. Canadian-international Adriana Leon led the Breakers for the night, scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on the other two. 

Both Boston and Seattle came into the night’s match on the heels of big wins at home last weekend. Seattle defeated the Houston Dash, 5-1, while Boston defeated Sky Blue 1-0. Although Seattle enjoyed a bigger win score-wise last week, Boston’s win against Sky Blue was bigger morale-wise, and it showed in the way the Breakers came out against Seattle. From the opening whistle, they were quick on the attack and eager to pester the Reign defense.

It’s little surprise, then, that Boston struck first and struck relatively early. Leon put Boston on the board in just the 11th minute after receiving a cross from Natasha Dowie. Reign defender Merritt Mathias fell while trying to intercept the ball, and Leon dribbled around her and another defender before putting the ball past Reign keeper Haley Kopmeyer for the match’s opening goal.

Leon then assisted on Boston’s second goal when she played Rose Lavelle in the Breaker’s final third. Lavelle just beat defender Kristen McNabb to the ball, knocking her to the ground, and fired off a shot past Kopmeyer to extend the Breakers’ lead. It was the first goal of Lavelle’s professional career and the first time since August 2015 that Boston led a match 2-0.

The Reign came out of halftime looking for a quick goal to get back into the game, and they had two near chances in the opening minutes of the second half. The first was when Megan Rapinoe sent a dangerous cross into the box, only to have it cleared out by Breakers defender Christen Westphal for a Reign corner kick. Rapinoe took the corner and the Reign nearly scored off the set piece, but the timing was off and Beverly Yanez was unable to get her foot on the ball.

Natasha Dowie scored the second goal in as many games in the 52nd minute on a play that started with a build up of Breakers possession. Leon received the ball and flicked it high to Dowie, who had slipped behind the Reign defense and into space. Kopmeyer chose to stay on her line, allowing Dowie to line up the shot she wanted, which she blasted past Kopmeyer for the Breakers’ third and final goal of the night.

Ironically, although the goals were all Boston, Seattle had the majority of possession and outshot the Breakers. However, the Reign put a number of shots off target and netminder Abby Smith had a number of impressive saves, especially in the second half, to earn the second shutout of the season.

With the win, the Breakers (2-1-0, 6 pts) tie with Portland for second place in NWSL standings, while Seattle (1-1-1, 4 pts) has fallen to fifth. It is worth noting that the current standings are incomplete, however, as Sky Blue and FC Kansas City play tomorrow.

Next week the Reign travel to Portland on Saturday, May 6 to take on the Thorns in the season’s first installment of the Cascadia rivalry. Boston plays host to the North Carolina Courage, the league’s only remaining undefeated team, on Sunday, May 7.

  • mockmook
    • Steglitz49

      They have never reigned over anything. Their shields failed to cover the essentials when called upon when it mattered. ARod 3, Reign 0.

      • AlexhH

        Post of the week!

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you.

          • ted norberto

            Mary Lou and Horse tooth may I add. love WOSO. Onwards and Upwards.

      • brdn08

        I would argue it was Lauren Holiday that dominated Seattle. She bossed the midfield in all of those games.

  • Movement

    Seattle was constipated in this match.
    Their players did the big Uhhhhhhhhh
    Seattle – (((((((((( Let it Strain ))))))))))

  • Simon Redux

    Leon was on fire.Scoring, assisting, nutmegging, and trying to destroy crossbars.

    • mockmook

      Meth, crank, riding the white horse…. I’m not saying she was on meth, but, she was on meth…

      • Steglitz49

        A tasteless allegation.

        Judging by your comment on Portland, could she have been on that?

      • Not Steg

        Weird accusation. Troll comment.

        • mockmook

          Steg and Not Steg both without a sense of humor — I guess THAT is a Singularity of sorts….

          • Steglitz49

            Imitation is a great form of flattery; maybe the greatest.

        • Imagine that!

          Boston doing well after completely ignoring mookmock’s “advice” is making him or her bitter.

      • ted norberto

        Riding the White Horse is the best to use here on EQ as to not awaken the yawn patrol.

      • Tom F

        the world is her Oyster; the Reign learned the hard way; don’t mess with Megan!

    • Bruce

      Absolutely ate up Seattle’s LB all game.

  • Steglitz49

    What’s up in Seattle? Who or what is the missing ingredient?

  • Steglitz49

    Well played Boston!

  • Paul Klee

    Cross country travel is tough for professionals playing soccer in this country. It wrecks the athletes.

    • Steglitz49

      The obvious solution is to have regionalised leagues and then a playoff-between those leagues.

      How many WoSo leagues are there in Europe? A lot, I presume.

  • Silver Frost

    Lavelle: as billed in preseason hype.
    Leon: potential being realized at last.
    Dowie: a revelation. Her strike was pure class, typical of European fwds.
    Smith: picking up where Naeher left off.

    Solid effort, intelligent, start to finish by BOS.

    Of course, this could revert back to traditional Breakers form when they host NC.

  • Ron Rocha

    Boston really fun to watch. Seattle great at home where game is more like pinball. Has trouble on bigger field?

  • Ashley C

    Leon has always been back and forth with the NT/Herdman and I wonder how that will go. Hopefully she continues to gain confidence.

  • guest

    It would be amazing if they could make the playoffs this year.

    • Steglitz49

      Boston or Seattle?

  • Steglitz49

    USA won a U16 tournament of nations in Italy in spite of being held to a 1-1 draw in a match against Slovenia. Italy were runners-up, Mexico defeated Germany for third spot, England beat Belgium for fifth and Slovenia saw France finish last byt betaing them 1-0.

    The young ladies of Slovenia are good at things other than Alpine and X-country skiing.
    .

  • Justin

    Does anyone know if we can watch the games archived anywhere?

    • Constant Weeder

      go90 app, go90.com. After 48 hours, nwslsoccer.com (click on game in schedule banner across top.)

      • Bruce

        Also, the only place to watch replays of Lifetime broadcast games (like CRS-POR) is on the Lifetime app or mylifetime.com. You need to log on with cable subscription U:P in that case.

        • Constant Weeder

          That’s true, thanks, although those eventually become available on the NWSL site as well.

  • AlexH

    It is nice to see that Lavelle (and Ohai in the other game) aren’t afraid to pull the trigger and play with predatory aggressiveness. It’s a mindset that seems to be lacking at the WNT.

  • Guest

    Leon being so dynamic on that wing. Also noticed Tiffany Weimer out there being so tactically savvy in a lot of instances, glad she’s playing and doing well again.

    • Steglitz49

      Tiffany is one of the most travelled lady soccer players having played in the Åland Islands (Finland), in Brazil, Denmark and for two clubs in Sweden.

      Unfortunately, whilst playing in the NWSL she tore her ACL and then had problems with recovery.

  • anon

    Loving the Breakers right now. Keep it up ladies… If they make the playoffs it will be, for me, the most compelling story in sports.