For passionate Boston Breakers fans

Breakers Rally for Point

Posted by tonybiscaia on May 27, 2011

By Julian Cardillo

Allston, MA- An early second half goal by Lauren Cheney salvaged a point for the Breakers in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Independence. The Breakers had the better of the play for most of the game, but a defensive lapse late in the first half caused a goal and forced them to fight for a tie before trying for the win.

“First half we got in behind them before they got in behind us,” said Cheney. “We were dominating at times, but that’s where we had opportunities. That’s where we have to finish, we all had opportunities.”

Against the run of play, Natasha Kai put Philadelphia up 1-0 in the 44th minute. Lianne Sanderson stole the ball from Leslie Osbourne in midfield and played a diagonal ball to Kai, who rounded Amy LePeilbet and fired a low drive past Alyssa Naeher for her second goal of the season.

Kelly O’Hara was one of the biggest offensive catalysts in the second half, setting up the tying goal and chances that nearly gave the Breakers the lead. O’Hara’s cross in the 47th minute found the head of Keelin Winters, who out-jumped her marker and powered a header on frame. Nicole Barnhart got a hand to Winters’ header, but the rebound fell to Cheney right in front of goal, who headed the ball in for the tying score.

“It could have been in before I headed it in,” said Cheney. “I just wanted to make sure it got into the back of the net. It was a great header by [Winters].

“[Scott] brought the ball down and she engaged their outside back and that left me open,” said O’Hara. “I was able to put a cross in and [Winters] did a great job winning that ball and getting the header on goal. [Barnhart] made the save and Cheney was there to finish it up. It was a great all-around play.”

O’Hara was on the left side in the first half but switched with Cheney to the right after halftime which gave the Breakers more chances at goal in the second half.

In the 70th minute, O’Hara cut by Gina DiMartino and fired a shot off the crossbar.

Osbourne had a shot in the six-yard box smothered by Barnhart off an O’Hara lay-off in the 73rd minute.

“I’m happy with the team. We’re still getting there, we’re still developing some of the younger players that need to give us a boost down the stretch. It was a good performance especially in the second half for us, coming back and getting a goal. I’m just disappointed that we didn’t get a win.”


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