Boston Breakers / Chicago Red Stars / National Women's Soccer League

PREVIEW: Chicago Red Stars at Boston Breakers

In a rematch of Thursday night’s game, the Boston Breakers will host the Chicago Red Stars for the second time this season at Harvard Stadium.

Thursday’s match saw the visitors earn a respectable 3-1 win, with goals coming from Michelle Wenino, Jen Hoy and captain Lori Chalupny. Boston’s lone goal came from Courtney Jones.

The Breakers (1-2-0 at home, 1-4-0 overall) have picked up just three points this season and are one of three teams to only have one win thus far. The Red Stars (1-1-1 on the road, 3-2-1 overall) currently sit mid-table with 10 points from six matches.

Breakers ‘keeper Alyssa Naeher has 12 goals against her—the second-highest in the league. Chicago’s Karina LeBlanc is ninth, with three goals against.

In five matches, Naeher has faced 78 shots (34 on goal), made 22 saves and has a save percentage of 65 percent. LeBlanc has only encountered 35 shots (17 on goal) and made 14 saves, but boasts a save percentage of 82 percent.

Both teams have scored six goals each, from five different players. Lianne Sanderson leads Boston with two goals and has taken 11 shots (five on target). Chicago’s Hoy also has two goals, but from six shots (three on goal).

For the Red Stars, a draw or win would see the team catapult ahead of the current third place team, the Western New York Flash.

Though the Breakers have only played five matches, the team desperately needs a positive result against the Red Stars at home in order to start moving up the standings.

Fortunately for the Breakers, none of the players are suffering from injuries. The Red Stars have listed defender Taryn Hemmings (left ACL reconstruction) as doubtful for the match.

The two teams kick off at 6:30 pm ET.


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