National Women's Soccer League

Sky Blue and Breakers squander chances, settle for 1-1 draw

In the waning minutes of Sky Blue FC’s match Friday night against the Boston Breakers, the club drove forward, creating several chances. But echoing the common theme throughout the game and in their recent form, Sky Blue failed to put away their chances, settling for a 1-1 draw against the Boston Breakers for their sixth straight winless game this season.

The Breakers also wasted many of their opportunities. Kristie Mewis lofted the majority of her shots well over the crossbar. Repeated mistimed balls and runs from Morgan Marlborough left the Breakers with “what-ifs” instead of three points.

For the first time this year, the Breakers fell behind at home. In the eighth minute, Sky Blue midfielder Katy Freels took advantage of open space in the midfield, dribbling from just past the midfield line to around 25 yards out. Realizing the opportunity, Freels hit a left foot shot from distance over keeper Jami Kranich.

After falling behind at home for the first time this season, the Breakers equalized the game in the 60th minute. After a missed Breakers corner kick, Lauren Lazo’s shot from distance was punched out by Cameron. McCaffrey, positioned outside the box, took advantage of Cameron being off her line and sent half-volley in for the equalizer.

Twice in the match, Sky Blue didn’t score as a result of officiating. After Freels’ goal, Sky Blue found the net again in the 22nd minute thanks to Nadia Nadim, but this time the shot didn’t count. The referee ruled that Nadim had fouled Breakers defender Kassey Kallman as she ran to the goal.

Just after entering the game in the 78th minute, Sky Blue defender Meg Morris hit the bottom of the crossbar. From the replay it appeared it went in but play continued and Julie King cleared the ball out for Boston.

Breakers forward Stephanie McCaffrey’s shot was deflected in second half stoppage time, but the referee ruled it a corner kick. McCaffrey was incredulous and had a colorful conversation with the officiating crew following the game.

The wind was strong in the first half, affecting some of the shooting. Sky Blue midfielder Taylor Lytle had a pair of hooking shots in the first ten minutes but went over, in part due to high winds.

The Breakers’ mishaps on offense squandered several good chances for the club.

In the 28th minute McCaffrey played a ball back to Kristie Mewis at the top of the box, Mewis’ opportunity went well over the crossbar.

Just before halftime, McCaffrey sent a cross through Sky Blue’s back. Marlborough missed the ball and then Mewis failed to get a productive touch on it before it was ruled a Sky Blue goal kick.

The Breakers had a dangerous chance from close range early on in the second half. Goalkeeper Brittany Cameron denied the opportunity, coming out and stopping Mewis’ shot in the 50th minute.

Marlborough missed another opportunity in the 59th minute, squandering a close range shot when she was in alone with Cameron. Thirteen minutes later, Marlborough played the ball past Cameron, but the pass was too wide for Mewis who couldn’t get to it in time.

But the Breakers also were fortunate that Sky Blue failed to put away their chances as well.

In the 56th minute, Lytle took advantage of space in the midfield before passing to Freels at the top of box. Freels had a dangerous pass to Nadim who was in the box, but it was called offside.

Lytle took advantage of the counter-attack in the 72nd minute, playing a short pass to Nadim inside the box whose shot went just wide.

There was a chaotic scene six yards away from goal in the 76th minute, but Nadim’s shot was blocked by Breakers defender Mollie Pathman.

NEXT UP:  Sky Blue returns home to face the Houston Dash on May 31. The Breakers will remain at home on May 30 to face FC Kansas City.

MATCH REPORT

Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC
May 22, 2015 – 7 p.m. ET
Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, Allston, Mass.

GOALS                                           1          2          F

Boston (2-3-1)                                  0          1          1
Sky Blue FC (1-3-3)                         1          0          1

SCORING SUMMARY

SBFC:  Katy Freels – 8′
BOS:  Stephanie McCaffrey – 60′

Lineups

BOS: Jami Kranich, Lauren Lazo, Julie King (C), Kassey Kallman (C), Mollie Pathman, Amy Barczuk, Katie Schoepfer (C) (Bia, 90), Kristie Mewis, Rafinha (Suzane Pires, 76), Stephanie McCaffrey, Morgan Marlborough (Maddy Evans, 84)

SBFC: Brittany Cameron (C), Lindsi Cutshall, Kim DeCesare (Theresa Diedrich, 91), Katy Freels, Shawna Gordon (Meg Morris, 77), Kristin Grubka, Hayley Haagsma, Maya Hayes, Cami Levin, Taylor Lytle (Lo’eau LaBonta, 90), Nadia Nadim

Attendance: 1,861

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