Boston Breakers at Sky Blue FC
7:00 p.m. / Yurcak Field
Boston: 1-2-0 (3pts)
Sky Blue FC: 0-2-2 (2pts)
Boston and Sky Blue FC will play for the second time this season as the two clubs face off for the second time in seven days. Boston won the first match up behind a pair of goals from English midfielder Lianne Sanderson. Ashley Nick was able to get one back for the visitors in stoppage time, but the New Jersey club ultimately fell short of earning a point out of the match.
Last Match: April 27 against Sky Blue FC (W, 3-2)
The Boston Breakers come off 3-2 win over Sky Blue FC last weekend. Julie King opened up the scoring when she put in a Sanderson shot while the English midfielder added a second half brace to earn Player of the Week honors.
It will be the second time forward Lisa De Vanna suits up against her former club, but the first time she will do so at Yurcak Field. De Vanna famously scored on a bicycle kick last season—against the Breakers. She has yet to get on the board for the Breakers this season.
It will also be the first time that midfielder Nikki Washington will be available for Boston after being acquired midweek from the Houston Dash in exchange for midfielder Kaylyn Kyle.
The last two matches have been one-goal, 3-2 matches in which the Breakers split the two.
Sky Blue FC
Last Match: April 30 vs. Seattle Reign FC (L, 2-0)
Sky Blue FC is still searching for its first win of the 2014 season after dropping a home match to the Seattle Reign Wednesday in a cruel combination of gusty winds, torrential downpours and cool temperatures.
The club has struggled offensively, scoring just four goals in four matches thus far. Monica Ocampo leads a young group of attackers that includes rookie forwards Maya Hayes and Jonelle Filigno. Filigno saw her first action a week ago in Boston and came on as a second half substitute on Wednesday but was unable to create a goal.
Sophie Schmidt, who was a dangerous option in the midfield last season, has been unable to find the back of the net thus far for last year’s fourth-place finishing squad.
Sky Blue has struggled from the penalty spot this season, earning late-match attempts in both home matches but saw Kelley O’Hara’s strike miss wide left against Portland and Schmidt’s chance saved by Hope Solo on Wednesday. They will have to finish their opportunities—and soon—if they’d like to contend for points late in matches.
Boston remains without Kristie Mewis, who is listed as doubtful with a left high ankle sprain. Christie Rampone is listed as probable with left toe sesmoiditis.