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BREAKERS COMPLETE COMEBACK, DEFEAT FREEDOM

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 19, 2010

By Julian Cardillo

CAMBRIDGE- the Boston Breakers claimed their third straight victory by defeating the Washington Freedom 2-1 in front of 4,561 home crowd. Though the Breakers fell behind early off a Nikki Marshall goal in the 3rd minute, Liz Bogus and Jordan Angeli both scored to propel Boston forward for the come-from-behind win.

The result gives the Breakers 16 total points in the overall WPS Standings as they sit second to last in front of the Atlanta Beat. But despite their current position on the standings, the Breakers are still in the hunt for the third and fourth playoff spots, just one point from the outside looking in.

“Wednesday, Gold Pride, Sunday, Chicago. If we can get results we’ll really be in the thick of it,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco, “It’s a big week for us.”

Though the week has started out well for the Breakers following this victory over the Freedom, the early moments of the first half suggested the week could start otherwise. In just the 3rd minute, Nikki Marshall scored her second goal of the season, finishing a Sarah Huffman pass by slotting a shot by Breakers’ goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Washington nearly doubled their tally moments later when French International Sonia Bompastor picked out Lede Mykjaland on a breakaway. Mykjaland kept her balance enough to shoot, but her effort was parried away by Naeher to keep the Breakers from going down by two goals early.

Boston found their composure in midfield and began attacking Washington’s goal immediately after the fifteen minute mark of the first half. The Breakers broke through in the 23rd minute when Kelly Smith played a low pass to the feet of Liz Bogus who continued her run and fired a shot through the legs of Washington goalkeeper Erin McLeod to level the game at one.

Jordan Angeli would complete the comeback in the 74th minute, pounding a shot into the back of net that stood as the eventual game winner. An out-swinging corner kick from Fabiana connected with Lindsay Tarpley’s header to the wide open Angeli. Angeli finished Tarpley’s assist with a first-time drive for her third goal this season.

“One of the things we’ve been working on has been winning the first and second balls,” said Angeli of her goal off the set piece, “On our [second] goal we won the first and second balls and I was there to put the third one in the back of the net.”

The midfield battle was a stalemate by the end of the match, with just one shot on goal separating both teams. Boston’s 14-8 edge on set pieces ended up being the deciding factor with Angeli scoring the winning goal off a corner kick.

“Set pieces are always important in every game,” said Lindsay Tarpley about her assist on Angeli’s goal. “I’m very proud of the team and how we fought every minute of the game.”

“When you have the opportunity for any cross or corner you take advantage of it. We got a good head on it, a follow, and then a shot, “added Kristine Lilly. “We’re getting the first and second balls and that’s huge.”

With eleven regular season games left to play, the next of which will be played at home this Wednesday against FC Gold Pride, the Breakers will look to continue their winning streak and strong form as they look ahead to playoffs.

Kristine Lilly finished, “I think this is a total team effort. We have this drive now and this fight that even if we’re down we’re going to make things happen.”

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