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GOLD PRIDE GLIDE BY BREAKERS

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 22, 2010

By Julian Cardillo

Cambridge- The Boston Breakers saw their three match winning streak come to halt on Wednesday evening when the team fell against the San Francisco Bay Area’s FC Gold Pride 2-1. A home crowd of 3,052 saw the Breakers lose against the current league leaders, who now move to 34 points with a 13 point cushion between them and the second place Philadelphia Independence.

The Breakers on the other hand are in the thick of the pack, currently second to last in the league standings but just 1 point from the playoffs.

“We’re still in the hunt,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco, “but I think this is a game we really could have gotten a result from. We felt confident going in and we’re disappointed.”

Boston didn’t show their confidence in the beginning stages of the game again yet managed to score first, a reversal of recent scoring patterns that would eventually backfire on them.

The team nearly allowed Marta an early goal for FC Gold Pride in just the 10th minute, letting the Brazilian International roam into the penalty area and attempt to dribble her way around Boston’s Alyssa Naeher. Naeher kept her composure, smothering Marta’s chance to keep the Breakers from surrendering the early tally.

In the 29th minute, Alex Scott dribbled down the right flank from the Breakers’ defense and into the penalty area. Scott cut to the outside and delivered a hard drive through the heart of the penalty area into the path of Jordan Angeli who scored her fourth goal of the season, powering a low shot past Nicole Barnhart to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead.

“I was trailing the play and thinking that I just had to be in the right spot,” Angeli said. “I got a great cross and I didn’t even think about it- I just put it away.”

After taking the one goal lead midway through the first half, the Breakers had difficulties getting forward after Gold Pride began closing down space in midfield. For the remainder of the half, Boston scrambled to keep possession in midfield and struggled to communicate between the backline and the keeper Naeher.

Gold Pride capitalized on Boston’s poor defending after a miss-kick in the 35th minute by Naeher. The ball fell right on the foot of Ali Riley who immediately passed to the wide open Kristine Sinclair. Sinclair made no mistake on the chance, leveling the game with a hard shot into the open net for her 8th goal of the season.

Seconds before halftime, Marta finally broke through to score her league-leading 11th goal of the season to give Gold Pride the 2-1 lead. Marta intercepted a loose ball, took one touch, and unloaded a curling shot that sailed past Naeher and into the goal. “It’s tough because I think there were only about 10 seconds left in stoppage time,” added Tony DeCicco about Marta’s finish, “we should have closed out the first half and regrouped at the break level 1-1.”

Marta nearly scored again in the second half, this time on a breakaway in the 61st minute. Marta dribbled towards goal and fired, but saw her effort parried away by Naeher who would make 3 saves in the game.

DeCicco brought on Lauren Cheney and Tiffany Weimer to add more depth to the Breakers attack. Cheney lofted a shot over Barnhart’s crossbar for her first touch of the match while Weimer’s first contribution consisted of a header off the post from a Kristine Lilly cross in the 73rd minute. Lilly also had a chance to tie the game in the 55th minute, splitting the defense but sending a low, harmless shot straight into the arms of Nicole Barnhart who finished the evening with 5 saves.

“I didn’t hit it well,” Lilly later said, “You have to finish the chances you have.“ Lilly finished, “For us it’s still positive that we’re still creating chances and moving forward. We’re still playing well. Our momentum is in the right direction. We need the same mentality for the game Saturday so we can snag some points on the road.”

Lilly and Breakers will travel to Bridgeview, Illinois just outside Chicago for a match with the Red Stars. The Red Stars currently sit one point above the Breakers in a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot.

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