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SPIRIT AND BREAKERS DRAW 1-1
Breakers' Lohman opens scoring in first half but Spirit's Lindsey responds in the 51st minute for tie

(May 11, 2013) – The Boston Breakers scored halfway through the first half, and Washington equalized just six minutes into the second half, but the Breakers held on for the 1-1 tie Saturday night in front of 4,027 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. With the draw, the Breakers remain unbeaten at 2-0-2.

"We had some good chances at the end. It would’ve been nice to take home the win, but we’ll take the tie on the road," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said.

In other action Saturday, FC Kansas City lost, 2-1, to Western New York, allowing the Breakers to move into second place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table. Sky Blue FC beat the Seattle Reign, 2-0, and are now level on points with Portland. Both teams are in first place with 10 points.

The Breakers fought off some early pressure from the Spirit, who were looking for their first win of the season. Heather O’Reilly had a couple of great opportunities early, but Washington keeper Ashlyn Harris was on her game and denied any scoring opportunity early on. But on 24 minutes, the Breakers put one past Harris. It began when Lianne Sanderson came into the right side of the box. Without a clear look on goal, she quickly turned on her defender. She found Joanna Lohman unmarked 10 yards from goal. Lohman one-timed her shot past Harris for her first goal of the NWSL season. It was Sanderson’s league-best third assist.

"It was a really good goal," Cole said. "It was a good piece of soccer and a good finish by Jo."

For Sanderson and Lohman, it couldn’t have been scripted any better. The duo played for DC United Women last year in the USL W-League. This was their first trip back to the Maryland SoccerPlex.

After Lohman’s goal, forward Katie Schoepfer had two chances at doubling the Breakers lead before the first half ended, but was unlucky. Her first shot was blocked in front of goal and second, a rocket of a shot, went just wide of Harris.

The Spirit (0-2-3) tied the game in the 51st minute. Lori Lindsey found a bit of space at the top of the box and unleashed a shot that hit the upper corner of the net, far past the outstretched arms of Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips, to tie the game at 1-1.

The Breakers found themselves defending the attack just past the hour mark. The back line of Cat Whitehill, Jo Dragotta, Melinda Mercado, and Julie King made some heads-up plays to steer Washington away from goal and keep the game tied. Phillips, meanwhile, came up big, cutting down crosses and corner kicks, and in the 80th minute made a crucial save on a sharply driven ball by Lindsey. Just minutes later, O’Reilly sent a cross that zipped past Kyah Simon, on the edge of the six-yard box, and went right toSydney Leroux, but Leroux’s shot went over the bar.

The Spirit nearly hit the game-winner in the 89th minute, but Phillips made a spectacular diving save on a shot in close by Caroline Miller, preserving the 1-1 tie.

"I think Ashley did a good job again," Cole said. "She was coming in and clearing some good crosses and saving some good crosses. I also thought our defense was good again today once they settled in."

 

 
GOALS
1
2
F
Boston Breakers (2-0-2)
1
0
1
Washington Spirit (0-2-3)
0
1
1
 
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
Goal
Time
Team
GoalScorer
Assists
Note
1
24
Boston
Joanna Lohman
Lianne Sanderson
 
2
51
Washington
Lori Lindsey
Diana Matheson
 
 
 
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
 
Time       Team                                            ##       Player                                                     Card                          Reason
 
 None
 
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
 
Time       Team                                                         OUT                                                                        IN
46         Boston                                 #12 Katie Schoepfer                                             #19 Adriana Leon
46         Washington                            #5 Candace Chapman                                          #3 Kika Toulouse
46         Washington                                   #11 Ali Krieger                                             #4 Domenica Hodak
71         Washington                            #14 Tiffany McCarty                                              #10 Caroline Miller
76         Boston                                   #20 Mariah Nogueira                                            #17 Kyah Simon
 
 
SHOTS
1
2
F
Boston
4
1
5
Washington
4
5
9
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Boston
3
0
3
Washington
0
4
4
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Boston
0
3
3
Washington
2
0
2
 
 
 
CORNER KICKS
1
2
F
Boston
3
0
3
Washington
2
6
8
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Boston
1
0
1
Washington
3
1
4
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Boston
3
5
8
Washington
4
0
4
 
Officials:
Referee: Josh Wilkens
Asst. Referee: Russell Wolf; Dean Fairweather
Fourth Official: Cory Richardson
Attendance: 4027

 

Boston Breakers Player Stats
 
##
9
Name(*forstarters)
Heather O’Reilly*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
2
SOG
2
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
1
FC
0
FS
0
11
Joanna Lohman*
90
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
1
4
Cat Whitehill*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
24
Ashley Phillips*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
Lianne Sanderson*
90
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
25
Jo Dragotta*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
8
Julie King*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
Sydney Leroux*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
23
Melinda Mercado*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
20
Mariah Nogueira*
76
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
19
Adriana Leon
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
12
Katie Schoepfer*
45
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
17
Kyah Simon
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TEAM TOTAL                                              990        1        1            5              3        0          0          3          1         8           3

Boston Breakers Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name (*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
24    Ashley Phillips*
90
1
9
4
3
T

TEAMTOTAL                                       90          1         9             4       3
 
 
Washington Spirit Player Stats
 

##
22
Name (*forstarters)
Stephanie Ochs*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
1
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
1
FC
1
FS
1
13
Julia Roberts*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
9
Ingrid Wells*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
23
Tori Huster*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
15
Robyn Gayle*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
Ashlyn Harris*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
Diana Matheson*
90
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
6
Lori Lindsey*
90
1
0
3
2
0
0
8
0
1
1
14
Tiffany McCarty*
71
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
4
Domenica Hodak
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
Ali Krieger*
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
Kika Toulouse
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
Candace Chapman*
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
Caroline Miller
19
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
TEAM TOTAL
990
1
1
9
4
0
0
8
4
4
6

 
Washington Spirit Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name (*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      Ashlyn Harris*
90
1
5
3
2
T
TEAMTOTAL
90
1
5
3
2
 
 

 

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