Allston, MA (July 10, 2011) – The Breakers got a goal each from rookie Keelin Winters and first-year Breaker Katie Schoepfer, and keeper Alyssa Naeher made three saves to record her league-leading fourth shutout of the season in Boston’s 2-0 win Sunday night over the Atlanta Beat. The Breakers improve to 4-5-3 on the season and move into a third-place tie with magicJack in the WPS standings.
“We’ve been talking about this game for a long time because of the break (during the Women’s World Cup), and we were disappointed to get the tie down in Atlanta (on June 19), but we kind of had a little bit of an off day. So, today we said, ‘Go at them, let’s dictate the tempo of it, and when we get chances, let’s make sure we put them away,’” said Associate Head Coach Lisa Cole, filling in for Head Coach Tony DiCicco, who is in Germany covering the Women’s World Cup for ESPN. ” I felt like it was good for us to get this win because we’ve got a long road to go to make sure we finish where we want to finish.”
The Breakers opened the scoring in the 5th minute. It started with a corner kick from Schoepfer, who hit it to Kasey Moore far post. Moore headed it to Winters, who headed it past Atlanta keeper Allison Whitworth for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Winters’ second of the season. Her first came against Atlanta in the opening game of the season. The score remained the same until Schoepfer scored her second goal of the season. It came in the 81st minute and began when Meghan Klingenberg sent a ball out wide to Schoepfer. With some space to move, Schoepfer took the ball into the top right corner of the box before striking it into the far post to put Boston ahead, 2-0.
Captain Leslie Osborne said the team had some extra motivation after watching the U.S. Women’s National Team come back to beat Brazil on penalty kicks Sunday afternoon in the Women’s World Cup.
“It was so inspiring. It was incredible,” Osborne said. “At halftime, I was just reminding everybody just how inspirational they were and how they had so many things going against them, and we have this 90-minute game here with this amazing field and fans. It’s just a blessing. I was saying, ‘Let’s just come out here and give the fans a show.’ It felt good to win tonight.”
The Breakers are off until Sunday, July 24, when they host the Western New York Flash, featuring Brazil’s Marta and Maurine, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan.
Boston Breakers vs. Atlanta Beat Box Score for July 10, 2011: http://www.womensprosoccer.com/boxscores/2011/1041952