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Boston Breakers 4-1 Atlanta Beat: Breakers kick-off season in dominating fashion

The Boston Breakers kicked-off the third season of Women’s Professional Soccer with an emphatic 4-1 win over the Atlanta Beat on Saturday at KSU Soccer Stadium.

Midfielder Jordan Angeli opened the scoring for Boston in the 18th minute before rookie midfielder Keelin Winters doubled the visitors’ lead in the 23rd minute.  A flat Atlanta team was left stunned by the two goals in five minutes, but the Breakers suffered a blow when an injury to Angeli forced Head Coach Tony DiCicco to make an early change.  Kelley O’Hara replaced Angeli, whose injury is yet unkown, in the 29th minute.  Boston took the 2-0 lead into halftime.

O’Hara got on the scoreboard in the 78th minute to give Boston a 3-0 lead, although Carli Lloyd finished a penalty in the 78th minute to get Atlanta back into the game, at least temporarily.

But any remaining doubt was put to rest in the 90th minute.  Atlanta goalkeeper Allison Whitworth was shown a red card in the 90th minute when she came out of her box and fouled O’Hara.  Boston defender Kasey Moore stepped up to the free kick from 20 yards out and buried the ball past Cat Whitehill, who stepped into goal for the ejected Whitworth.  That made it 4-1, which is how the game would end.

Boston (1-0-0, 3 pts.) opens its home schedule Sunday, April 17 at 6 p.m. against expansion team Western New York Flash.  Atlanta (0-1-0, 0 pts.) next hosts Sky Blue FC on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Box Score:


Team 1 2 F
ATL: 0 1 1
BOS: 2 2 4

BOS: Jordan Angeli 1 (Unassisted) 18'
BOS: Keelin Winters 1 (Unassisted) 23'
BOS: Kelley O'Hara 1 (Unassisted) 72'
ATL: Carli Lloyd 1 (Penalty Kick) 78'
BOS: Kasey Moore 1 (Penalty Kick) 90+

ATLANTA BEAT — Allison Whitworth, Heather Mitts, Cat Whitehill, Megan Jesolva, India Trotter (Vendula Strnadova, 81′), Bianca D’Agostino, Katherine Reynolds, Lori Chalupny, Kristina Larsen, Analisa Marquez (Meghan Lenczyk, 39′), Keeley Dowling

Substitutes Not Used: Carli Lloyd, Allison Lipsher, Lyndsey Patterson, Angela Salem, Colleen Flanagan, Kylie Wright, Katie Bethke, Kerri Butler

BOSTON BREAKERS — Alyssa Naeher, Alex Scott, Kasey Moore, Ifeoma Dieke, Stephanie Cox, Jordan Angeli (Kelley O’Hara, 29′), Leslie Osborne, Keelin Winters, Nikki Washington (Elli Reed, 69′), Kelly Smith, Katie Schoepfer

Substitutes Not Used: Niki Cross, Kelsey Davis, Taryn Hemmings


Shots 14 8
Shots on Goal 9 5
Fouls 0 0
Offsides 2 4
Corner Kicks 0 1
Saves 1 6

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