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Freedom Eludes Breakers

Posted by chrisrosa on May 18, 2009

Kristine Lilly had a late chance to net the winner for Boston but her shot sailed high.

Kristine Lilly had a late chance to net the winner for Boston but her shot sailed high.

BOSTON, Mass. – The Washington Freedom and Boston Breakers played a fierce and hard fought draw in an impressive display offensive firepower that betrayed the 1-1 final score at Harvard Stadium Sunday evening.

Rebecca Moros scored for Washington in the 33rd minute, while Alex Scott tallied the lone Boston goal in the 49th minute.

“I think this was the highest-level game we’ve played in,” said coach Tony DiCicco. “I thought both teams did some really good things early.”

Indeed, from the opening whistle, both teams surged forward with ease while the defending attempted to keep up the fast-paced attacking.

And it was Breakers backs that had their hands full when Lisa DeVanna nearly put the Freedom up in the 6th minute when she took a diagonal run toward the goal before unleashing a powerful shot that Kristen Luckenbill dove to smother.

Minutes after the breach, Kelly Smith took a pass Kristine Lilly ball in the box and juggled it three times before unleashing an impressive shot that skipped wide of the post.

At the half hour, it was Washington that nearly claimed the early lead when DeVanna broke through alone on Luckenbill before the keeper lunged to left to thwart the close range shot.

But the Freedom didn’t miss three minutes later when – who else – DeVanna plunged into the box and pushed the ball wide to Rebecca Moros, who coolly slotted the ball into the corner of the net in the 33rd minute.

Down a goal, the Breakers tried to level terms before the half when skipper Kristine Lilly raced down the left and fed Christine Latham, who nearly headed the ball inside the far post in the 36th minute.

The back and forth continued through the second half as the Breakers sought the equalizer that eluded them in half one.

And they didn’t have to wait long. Less than four minutes in to the half, right back Alex Scott pushed forward and blazed through the Freedom defense before unleashing a screamer that snuck under the bar for the equalizer in the 49th minute.

“I’d been practicing that shot all week during training with the goalkeepers,” quipped Scott. “I’m glad it paid off today.”

The fireworks continued for the ensuing minutes thereafter, as each team traded chances. During the 65th minute, former Arsenal teammates Smith and Scott nearly collaborated on the go ahead when the striker sent a ball wide to the left back, who rocketed a shot that sailed inches above the bar.

Two minutes later, Washington’s sparkplug, central midfielder Sonia Bompasto, speared through the offensive third with an eye on goal before Luckenbill hauled in the quick-fire shot.

Less than seconds later, the Breakers promptly refired the attack and nearly scored the go-ahead when Smith took a ball at the top of the box and fired a sure-fire goal that took an acrobatic save from Erin McLeod to push away at the last possible moment in the 68th minute.

With its foot on the accelerator for the final minutes the Breakers, desperate for the clincher, tried one last time when Lilly streaked into the box, took a easy touch, then side-volleyed a shot that escaped high over the frame in the 84th minute.

“I think I got a great first touch on it,” said Lilly. “And I went to go hit it thinking I was going to get hit, but I think I was just trying to get it off sooner than I needed to.”

An additional two minutes of stoppage time failed the separate the clubs, as the match ended at 1-1.

“We wanted three points,” said Lilly. “But we got one.”

WASHINGTON: Erin McLeod; Jill Gilbeau, Cat Whitehill, Alex Singer, Becky Sauerbrunn; Lori Lindsey, Sonia Bompastor, Homare Sawa; Allie Long, Lisa De Vanna (Joanna Lohman, 62, Rebecca Moros (Claire Zimmeck, 82).

BOSTON: Kristin Luckenbill; Alex Scott, Amy LePeilbet, Sue Weber, Heather Mitts; Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Stacy Bishop (Candace Chapman, 79), Kelly Smith; Kelly Schmedes, Christine Latham (Amy Rodriguez, 64).


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