Boston stays undefeated in draw against Washington
The Boston Breakers remain undefeated in league play after holding off the Washington Spirit to draw 1-1 at the Maryland Soccerplex Saturday. Washington, meanwhile, picked up a crucial point to keep them in 6th place in the league.
In front of 4,027 fans in Boyds, MD, the Spirit put a lot of pressure on former WPS rivals in the first several minutes, looking like a much stronger team than they have the last couple of games, but they were unable to convert any goals. Midfielder Heather O’Reilly also had a few chances for early goals, but Washington goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris stifled her opportunities.
The Breakers started the scoring in the 24th minute when Lianne Sanderson found Joanna Lohman ten yards from goal. Lohman slid her shot past Harris. It was Lohman’s first NWSL goal and Sanderson’s third straight assist of the season, making her the league leader.
Washington managed to hold off Boston before halftime as Katie Schoepfer had several opportunities to boost the score in the Breaker’s favor, but was unable to put the ball between the posts.
Only six minutes after halftime, the Spirit struck back to tie the game. In what was arguably the best goal of the NWSL season thus far, Lori Lindsay took advantage of open space at the top of the box and nailed a shot into the upper right corner of the net past a diving Ashley Phillips.
Washington had control of the attack after Lindsay’s goal, and were particularly dangerous on corner kicks. Ashley Phillips had a terrific game between the posts for Boston and came up huge in the 80th minute to stop a shot by Lindsay. A minute following the play, O’Reilly sent in a cross at the six-yard box to Sydney Leroux, but Leroux was unable to convert and the ball zipped over the crossbar.
It was an exciting final minutes of the game, as Washington’s game-winning opportunity by Caroline Miller in the 89th minute was stifled by a spectacular diving save by Phillips.
Boston is now 2-0-2 and leads the league in goals scored (8). They are scheduled to play next on Saturday, May 18 at Kansas City FC (2-1-1), while Washington (0-2-3) will look for their first win in Seattle against the 0-4-1 Reign on Thursday, May 16.