ALLSTON, MASS. (April 27, 2014) – Sky Blue FC (0-1-2, 2 pts) suffered its first loss of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season on Sunday night as the Boston Breakers (1-2-0, 3 pts) defeated the NJ squad 3-2 at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass. Midfielder Lianne Sanderson scored two goals and had an assist to lead the offensive strike for the Breakers while defender Julie King added a goal and an assist for Boston.
Sky Blue FC forward Monica Ocampo scored her first goal of the season during her first start of the year. Midfielder Ashley Nick also scored her first goal of the 2014 campaign, and her first with Sky Blue FC.
Boston struck first in the 15th minute off a Breakers corner kick. Sky Blue FC defender CoCo Goodson headed the initial ball away from goal, but it bounced towards an awaiting Sanderson outside of the box. Sanderson one-timed a ball to King, who redirected the pass with her left foot into the back of the net for her first professional goal.
Sky Blue FC was able to equalize in the 30th minute when midfielder Taylor Lytle played a ball over the top to Ocampo. Ocampo was able to chip the ball over a charging Alyssa Naeher, and Breakers defender Ashley Grove tried to clear the ball off the goal line but to no avail.
The Breakers took back the lead before the end of the half as King and Sanderson combined again. King played a long diagonal ball from the left side towards the middle where Sanderson and Sky Blue FC defender Lindsi Cutshall were in a foot race. Sanderson had the edge and one-time volleyed a shot over SBFC keeper Jill Loyden to take the 2-1 advantage into the locker room.
Sanderson would strike one last time in the 60th minute, and her goal would prove to be the game winner. A SBFC defensive clear went straight to an open Sanderson at the top right of the box. Sanderson took one touch to settle, then ripped a low shot to the opposite left corner for her second goal of the game.
Sky Blue FC had several scoring opportunities during the second half but would not be able to convert until the third minute of stoppage time. Midfielder Katy Freels took a corner kick from the left side of the field and connected with Nick inside the box. Nick was able the head the ball past Naeher for Sky Blue FC’s final goal of the match.
The NJ squad outshot the Breakers 19-11 and had a 14-4 corner kick advantage over Boston. Loyden recorded 3 saves for SBFC while Naeher had 6 for Boston.
Sky Blue FC’s next match is on Wednesday, April 30 when the NJ squad hosts Seattle Reign FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.
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Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC
April 27, 2014 – Harvard Stadium
1 2 F
2 1 3 Boston Breakers
1 1 2 Sky Blue FC
BOS – King (Sanderson) 15’
SBFC – Ocampo (Lytle) 30’
BOS – Sanderson (King) 43’
BOS – Sanderson 60’
SBFC – Nick (Freels) 93+
BOS – Naeher, King, Whitehall, Grove, Stewart (D’Agostino 80), O’Reilly, Sanderson, Lohman, Avant, De Vanna (Ezurike 86), Pathman (Jones 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Kranich, Reeves, Schoepfer, Evans
SBFC – Loyden, O’Hara, Goodson, Cutshall (Rampone 46), Foord; Levin (Filigno 72), Freels, Schmidt; Lytle, Ocampo, Hayes (Nick 63)
Substitutes Not Used: Cameron, Johnson, Kiryu, Morris
BOS – Grove (caution) 40’
Referee: Juliana Duncan
Assistant Referees: Matt Mercier, Sin Hang Lai
Fourth Official: Randall Kelley