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OCT 27
3:30 PM ET
Purce scores her first career goal as Boston beats Washington 1-0
The Breakers won for the first time since April 29
Margaret Purce's first career goal gave the Breakers a 1-0 home win on Saturday. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/isiphotos.com)
Margaret Purce's first career goal gave the Breakers a 1-0 home win on Saturday. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/isiphotos.com)

Mallory Pugh and Estefanía Banini returned for the Spirit, but Boston’s Margaret Purce scored her first career NWSL goal as the Breakers won 1-0 in front of 2,523 fans at Jordan Field on a windy day in Boston. The victory snapped an eight game winless streak for the home side.


Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé made a stellar stop in the 72nd minute, diving low to palm a bending shot from Rosie White out for a corner, but the Breakers took the lead on the ensuing corner. White took the corner and sent a low pass back to Purce on the left wing. The rookie dribbled to the top of the 18 and unleashed a strong right-footed shot that beat Labbé low at the near corner to make it 1-0.


The goal came on the same field that Purce, a Harvard grad, played on in her college career.

Pugh had missed the last two games for Washington with a left ankle sprain suffered during warm-ups before the United States women’s national team’s meeting with Norway on June 11.

Banini was Washington’s leading scorer in 2016 before re-signing with the team on June 19. She played the game’s final 33 minutes.

Pugh subbed in at the start of the second half  and quickly made her mark on the game in the 57th minute, taking on Allysha Chapman one-on-one on the right wing and swinging a dangerous left-footed cross towards the goal, but her effort went just out of the reach of Kristie Mewis.



Then in the 60th minute, she hit a strong left-footed shot that clanged off the crossbar, and straight down before finally being corralled by Breakers goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme.



Labbé made five saves in the loss. Her best effort came in the 25th minute, a leaping save as Breakers midfielder Morgan Andrews sent a long-distance shot towards the upper left corner.



Spirit forward Havana Solaun nearly put Washington on the board in the 7th minute off a Mewis corner kick, but her shot was saved off the line by Breakers defender Brooke Elby.

Prudhomme made four saves to earn her second straight shutout.

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