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The road for women’s professional soccer in the United States has been– simply put– bumpy. There was the first rendition in WUSA, then the second go-around with WPS, and now the NWSL. The one team to have weathered every storm is the Boston Breakers. Boston has hosted a professional women’s soccer team in every league. During the year between the collapse of WPS and the start of the NWSL, the Breakers even kept it going by forming a team to play in the semi-pro WPSL Elite.

Even with all this change, one thing remains constant for the Breakers—every player is excited for another chance to showcase their talent and love of the sport in front of the best fans. Since the announcement of the new league in November, more exciting news has been announced. Just last week, all teams in the league announced their allocations of the National Team players from USA, Canada, and Mexico. Lisa Cole returns as head coach for the Breakers, and the organization started the Breakers Academy, a youth development program.

I was able to catch up with some of your favorite Breakers; Katie Schoepfer and Heather O’Reilly to get their thoughts on the recent and exciting news.

Katie Schoepfer:

On Lisa Cole continuing as Head Coach:

“I’m really looking forward to Lisa being the head coach again. I think she is a great coach. Last year she really believed in me, and brought our team along. […] She can break down video like crazy and she very good at those kinds of “x’s and o’s” things in the locker room which I think helps us out tremendously. […] I think overall she is very much a player’s coach. She looks for a lot of input from her leaders and her team, which gives us some ownership. We’re able keep open lines of communication with Lisa and she is very receptive to it which is great for our team.”

On the new Breakers Academy:

“I really hope that girls around Massachusetts take advantage of the fact that they will be able to play and be coached by professional players and professional coaches. […] It is an honor for us to wear the Breakers jersey, so it is pretty cool for a 10-year-old girl to be able to put on that jersey too.”

“I love coaching, and I love being able to work with different teams and different age groups. Besides playing, it is one of my passions. I hope to get involved with the Academy as much as possible.”

On Heather O’Reilly:

“My rookie season I played with her in New Jersey with Sky Blue. There is really nobody like her. No one can match her work ethic. She loves to play and she loves the game. That’s really contagious on a team. You can tell the difference when she is at practice, and when she is in games. For me personally, it just gives me so much more energy because I try to match everything that she is doing. I’m looking forward to playing with her again. ”

Heather O’Reilly:

On the growth of soccer in the U.S.:

“I think as a U.S. player and a fan of soccer in our country, it’s exciting to see soccer take hold in our country. It’s amazing to be a part of this growth and another step for U.S. Soccer to advance the game in our country. I think in the last two years, with the 2011 World cup and the (2012) Olympics, we are proud of the stronghold we’ve had in terms of the attention (soccer has received).”

On teammate Sydney Leroux:

“Syd, although coming off the bench (for the U.S.), she pumped in 12 goals. That was all off the bench! I’m really proud of Syd as a player. She’s handled herself very well on and off the field. And, she’s entertaining.”

On teammate Heather Mitts:

“Heather Mitts is somebody who is just the perfect teammate. She’s always going to be fit. She’s always going to be ready to go. She provides so much to the team environment.”

Her opinion on players for Mexico and Canada in the NWSL:

“It’s an interesting dynamic. I can’t even guess how many games I’ve played against (Rhian) Wilkinson (one of Boston’s players from Canada) on the National Team. I’m excited to have her on my side this time.”

The Breakers season has been much like a promising boxers career; training hard to be in the best condition, receiving the spotlight as a top professional team, and delivering on those high expectations even through adversity.

In this important bout, the Breakers would deliver a PO (Pink Out) to their opponent the Philadelphia Fever.

The stage: Dilboy Stadium in Somerville set the stage for a fun and exciting game. The Breakers were wearing pink kits in support of Project Pink, a Puma charity campaign that raises awareness and funds to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The pink jerseys worn by the players were auctioned during the game and raised over $2,800 which will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The game marked their 2012 season home finale with yet another sold-out crowd in attendance to cheer them to victory.

The weigh-in: The Breakers were the overwhelming favorites to win the game. Coming into the match, the Breakers were tied for 1st in the league standings and the Fever were tied for last. But given their recent tough loss against the New England Mutiny, would they be able to bounce back?

The fight: Like any top fighter with a bad taste in their mouth from the last bout, the Breakers came out fast and furious. The Breakers midfielder Bianca D’Agostino opened-up the onslaught of offensive blows with a shot in the 4th minute that rattled the goal. From that point on, the Breakers were going for the PO on each and every shot. Fever goal keeper Michelle Dalton would fend off stellar shots from Cat Whitehill, Katie Schoepfer, Jessica Luscinski and Melissa Henderson before conceding to Schoepfer on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. D’Agostino, who turned in her best performance of the season, kept the pressure on Dalton with great shot selection, power, and accuracy. Dalton gave in once more to the offensive blitz when Courtney Jones netted her second goal of the season off a pass from Breakers captain Leslie Osborne.

As any top fighter will tell you, you need a great defense to go with your offense. The Breakers keeping and defense recorded their sixth shutout of the season. The Breakers back line of Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Elli Reed, and Julie King held their ground, limiting the work for goal keeper Alejandra Velasco.  Velasco only had to save one shot to get her first shutout of the season.  The Breakers out shot the Fever 23 – 1 on the game and put almost half of those on goal.

The Fever’s strategy was to pack-in the defense and limit the damage of the Breakers blows. They were successful in holding the Breakers high-octane offense to 2 goals and goal to shot percentage of just under 10% at 9%. The strategy, while effective on the defensive end, saw the offense struggle. They only tested the Breakers once which Velasco saved.

The Breakers play their final game of the 2012 campaign away vs. the Western New York Flash on Sunday, July 22nd at 4pm ET at Sahlen Stadium. The game will determine playoff seeding as the Breakers and Flash are tied for 1st with 30 points and the Chicago Red Stars are in 2nd with 27 points and two games to play.

The Boston Breakers went into their match versus in-state rival the New England Mutiny on a five game winning streak. With their win over the ASA Chesapeake from the previous night fresh in mind, the Breakers had momentum, aptitude, and durability going for them.

Momentum: Looking at the record, the Breakers were going into last night’s match on a roll. The Breakers were winners of five straight, and won the previous match-up between the two teams. Since their loss to now top-seeded Chicago Red Stars, the Breakers have beat up the competition. In those five wins they recorded 3 shutouts and  outscored their opponents 11 – 4. In the previous match the Breakers outlasted the Mutiny winning by a score of 4 – 2.

Aptitude: The Breakers have multiple players in the top of the league leaders for points, goals, and assists. The team’s roster includes Kyah Simon, Katie Schoepfer, and Courtney Jones. Simon is the league best in scoring and points; Schoepfer ranks in the top 3 league-wide in scores, assists, and points; Jones leads the league in assists. With skill like this on the team, it’s easy to see how the Breakers were top of the league going into last night’s game.

Durability: The Breakers are known throughout the league for being an incredibly fit team, for keeping the pressure on all game, and for scoring  late in the second half of games. If any WPSL Elite team could accomplish the physically taxing task of winning games on back to back nights, it would be the Breakers. Right?

For 90 plus minutes in last night’s game against the Mutiny, the Breakers looked as though they would pull it off.  Simon scored in the 47th minute, and the team had plenty of opportunities to net another if it wasn’t for the stellar play of Mutiny GK Vicki Alonzo. What the Breakers didn’t plan for was the ace up the Mutiny’s sleeve: Resilience.

Resilience: The Mutiny proved that staying in the game and bouncing back are the key to winning against this formidable team. This would ultimately be the story of the night.

The Mutiny would prove their resiliency by scoring two goals in stoppage time to get the all-important win, thereby keeping their playoff dreams alive. The equalizer came off the foot of the team’s recent signing and former Breaker Tiffany Weimer. Minutes later the game-winner sailed past the outstretched hands of Breakers GK Alice Binns by Mutiny substitute Taleen Dimirdjian. Another Mutiny substitute for the game Rebecca Mays would set-up Dimirdjian for the goal.

The Mutiny celebrated their victory with the 1,031 fans in attendance, while the Breakers felt as though they let three points get away.

New England Mutiny – Box score/recap

Boston Breakers – Box score/recap

The Breakers will look to show their resiliency when they return to action in their next match on July 14th against the Philadelphia Fever at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA. It will be Puma “Project Pink” night at Dilboy. The players will be wearing pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the end of the game to raise funds for a cancer charity to help find a cure.

Just one game from their roller-coaster match against the Western New York Flash, the Breakers got back to normal by dominating FC Indiana. The high-octane offense put away 4 goals, matching their season high which incidentally came against the same FC Indiana team. Not to be outdone, the Breakers defense also put in a solid performance. Lead by goal keeper Alice Binns, they recorded another shutout for the season.

The Breakers topped FC Indiana by a final score of 4 – 0, keeping their pursuit of a perfect season alive. They maintain their position atop the league standings with a 6 point lead over the New York Fury. Scoring for the game opened with a goal in the 30th minute by Bianca D’Agostino assisted by team captain Leslie Osborne. This was D’Agostino’s first goal as Breaker. The next two goals came from WPSL league leading goal scorer Katie Schoepfer, the first in the 34th minute assisted by defender Julie King and the second assisted by former UNC Tar Heel standout Courtney Jones. The final tally for the game came in the 78th minute, unassisted off the foot of Australian international Kyah Simon. This gives Simon three goals for the season.

For more information on the game click here. The Breakers (5 – 0) next face the Chicago Red Stars Sunday, June 3rd in Chicago at 5pm ET.

After five games played this season, FC Indiana are still in search of their first win. Their closest chances thus far have been against the Red Stars, when the margin of victory was two goals in each game. FC Indiana’s next chance for a win is at home against the ASA Chesapeake Charge on Friday, June 8th at 7pm ET.

Earlier games: On Thursday, May 31st the New York Fury got back to their winning ways beating the Philadelphia Fever in front of the home crowd by a score of 3 – 0. With a record of 3 – 1, the Fury  sit in WPSL Elite standings at second place with nine points. This puts them six points behind the first place Boston Breakers. The Fever (0 – 2 -1) weren’t able to get the road win and their first win on the season.

WPSL Weekend Games: On Saturday, June 2nd the New England Mutiny (1 -1 -1) host the Fever in East Longmeadow, MA at 7pm ET. The Mutiny add to their roster Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Morgan Andrews as they attempt to get their second win of the season. The Mutiny will be playing their first game with interim head coach Chris Legates. Boston College star and recent US National Team training camp member Kristen Mewis’s availability for the game is uncertain. The last time these two teams met, they played to a draw. The Fever hope to better their effort this game and get their first win of the season.

There are two games on Sunday, June 3rd. The first game scheduled for a 5pm ET start features a match between the remaining two undefeated teams in the league, the Boston Breakers visiting the Chicago Red Stars. The night-cap at 7pm ET will have the Flash visiting the Fury in a battle for New York supremacy. At the moment, the Flash have the edge with a win in their first meeting, the Fury hope to even the score.

If you’ve been keeping track of the Boston Breakers this seasons, you may have been hard pressed to find similarities between last night’s game against Wester New York Flash and their wins to date. Although the outcome would end the same with a win, the road taken, the roster of players used, and the fashion to get there was much different.

“I think it’s a sign of a good team that we’ve won in many different ways.” Katie Schoepfer said “We’ve had blowouts, we’ve had teams that were a lot more physical, we’ve had teams that were a lot more organized.”

Control of the game swung back and forth as each team would have opportunities to take over. The Breakers took the lead with the only score in the first half from Schoepfer in the 33rd minute. The Flash would strike next in the first five minutes of the second half with a goal by Angela Salem in the 49th minute. The Breakers would bounce back with Schoepfer’s PK make in the 54th minute. Schoepfer would get the hat trick in the 67th minute when she got her toe on a ball that came loose off Kyah Simon’s possession in the box. The Flash returned the favor by netting their second in the 82nd minute, the score came from Flash forward Adriana. The score of the game would stay at 3 – 2 as the Breakers held on for the win.

The Breakers missed the play of Aussie Tameka Butts in the midfield, but were able to compensate for it with the return of two U.S. Women’s National Team U-23 players Bianca D’Agostino and  Amanda DaCosta. Those weren’t the only roster changes as Elli Reed rejoined the team from the U-23 camp as well and Melissa Henderson joined the team on Thursday driving from the University of Notre Dame.

Other WPSL action this weekend: ASA Chesapeake Charge get their first win of the season beating the Philadelphia Fever by the score of 3 – 2.

Next week in WPSL: The games for the week start on Thursday, May 31st with the Fever visiting the Fury. The Fury hope to bounce back from their first loss of the season. The Fever are still looking for their first win of the season. On Friday, June 1st the Breakers look to continue their winning streak against last place FC Indiana. This is the first of two road games this week for the Breakers. The Saturday, June 2nd game will feature the Fever against the Mutiny. The Mutiny hope to keep their two game unbeaten streak alive versus the Fever in front of their home crowd. Sunday, June 3rd is a double feature: In the early game the Breakers travel to the windy city to take on the 2nd place Red Stars and in the second game the supremacy of the State of New York will be decided as the Flash meet the Fury.

This week’s WPSL action kicked off on Wednesday, May 23rd pitting the Boston Breakers against the New York Fury. They  would battle for the top spot in the standings as they came into the game tied for 1st place.

The Breakers would strike first with a goal in the 10th minute, Tameka Butt would tally her second score of the season assisted by Courtney Jones. Butt is tied for second on the team in goals with Australian teammate Kyah Simon at two. Jones is tied for first on the team in assists with Simon at two. The eventual game winner by Katie Schoepfer came in the 19th minute off an assist from Simon. Schoepfer leads the team with threes goals, scoring in each game played.

The Breakers continue to score at a blistering rate to start their games, leaving the eventual outcome pretty much decided by half time. In all their games this season, the Breakers have scored 89% (8 of 9) of their goals in the first half. When the offense is stalled, the defense and goal keeping keep the game deceidedly in the Breakers favor with the league’s second best  GAA of 0.67.

In the second half, The Fury would show why they are a top team in the league by making the game interesting. Merritt Mathias would net her fourth goal of the season in the 66th minute to put the Fury on the scoreboard. Mathias leads the Fury in goals and is atop the league in goals and points.

The Breakers would get the road win and add to their league best record of 3 – 0.

Other WPSL action this week: On Friday, May 25th the Chicago Red Stars visited FC Indiana and got their second win on the season. The Red Stars record of 2 – 0 is good enough for second best in the league. Both wins have come at the expense of FC Indiana. The Breakers host former WPS rival Western New York Flash on Saturday, May 26th at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA at 6pm ET. ASA Chesapeake Charge and the Philadelphia Fever look for their first wins of the season as they face off in the last game of the weekend on Sunday, May 27th. The Fury next play on Thursday, May 31st at home against the Fever.

The venue: Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA.

The occasion: Boston Breakers home opener.

Anyone who has ever been a fan knows that supporting your team is like a relationship. There are ups and downs, moments of indescribable joy and heartache. On this evening, both the Boston Breakers and their new fans at Dilboy stadium entered into a commitment – no matter what happened during the first home game of the season, it would be gotten through together.

One of the sayings before entering into a life long commitment is to bring something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue.

Let’s check the list:

Something new: the stadium and league. Got that covered, next.

Something old: The Boston Breakers organization, which has survived the WUSA and WPS.

Something borrowed: Players from both the U.S. Women’s National Team and the Australian National Team

Something blue: Obvious, isn’t it? Breakers blue!

The home opener went as every fan and team dreams the night would with a win. The Breakers defeated FC Indiana by a score of 4 – 1 in front of a crowd of 2,312 fans.

“We didn’t know what we were going to expect tonight with FC Indiana, so we had to be prepared for anything. But I think the most exciting thing is the new stadium, a new city, and a great sellout crowd that we heard the whole game,” captain Leslie Osborne said. “Just to be back in a Breakers uniform and playing again in front of our fans and to get a win for them and score some goals, it’s a good day.”

The Breakers struck first in the 9th minute when Katie Schoepfer netted the rebound of Cat Whitehill’s blistering shot. The night didn’t go without incident as FC Indiana evened the score in the 11th minute. Nadia Libertin received a ball from Sophia Batard and chipped a shot over Breakers goal keeper Alice Binns for the score.

Australian National Team star Kyah Simon would score the next two goals for the Breakers. Her first would break the tie giving the Breakers the lead in the 13th minute. Former Boston University star Jessica Luscinski would assist on the second goal adding to her brilliant play thus far in the season.

“I am pleased to get the two goals, but I think I should’ve had a few more. But we stuck in there against a hard opponent to play,” Simon said. “It was one of those games where you had to finish your chances when you can.”

Tameka Butt’s hard play in the game would earn her the game’s last goal. In the 57th minute, she would connect on a give and go with Simon for the goal.

“It was good getting my first goal for the Breakers. It’ll always be a memorable one, and my teammate from Australia set me up, so it was a good goal to get” Butt said.

The team performed well, the offense was scoring goals and the defense limited scores and scoring opportunities. Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole had this to say of the night “They were a little more physical than I thought they’d be, but we decided to come out and play our game and get the result we’d be happy with.”

If the home opener is any sign of the marriage to be between the Breakers team and fan, it appears it will be a happy one!

Click here for more information on the game.

For video of the game visit the Boston Breakers YouTube channel.

The wait is over! Women’s soccer is back in action.

WPSL Elite and USL W-League opened their seasons this weekend. Fans now have two leagues to follow, and I say the more the merrier.  Six of the eight teams took to the field for the WPSL and five matches were slotted for the USL W-League opening weekends. Did I mention that there was also a bonus game– an inter-league exhibition Boston Breakers vs. DC United Women? With all these games this weekend, chances are that you already have “your” team in one of the two leagues and followed their play.

Tonight’s chat will look to get your thoughts on the opening weekend for both leagues.

Q1: WPSL Opening Weekend

  • The average goal differential for the winners on the weekend was a + 3.33. Is there a disparity between the teams? Why or why not?
  • The winners all have links to WPS. Is the line of disparity drawn by former WPS team and former WPSL team? What is the reason?
  • The opening weekend was historic with the first goal, first assist, first win, first shutout, and first hat trick. What was your favorite?

Q2: USL W-League Opening Weekend

  • The live streaming of the Pali Blues game was a big hit on twitter. Does this help expand the reach of the league and the teams to their fans? In what ways?
  • If some teams in the league have live feeds of their games and others don’t. How does this benefit/impair the league and the teams?
  • The opening weekend featured nine of the thirty teams, a teaser of what is to come once the league is in full swing. Are you looking forward to next weekend’s games where each day is action packed?

Q3: Bonus Game – Boston Breakers vs. DC United Women

  • Building bridges: would you like to see more inter-league play?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Before her Boston Breakers debut, the Australian striker Kyah Simon made a promise to her mother for Mother’s Day. “I promised her one for Mother’s Day,” Simon said. “It was her request. She said, “Don’t make a promise you can’t keep.’”

On this day, Breakers fans are grateful for two things: the time difference of the states and Australia (which put game day on Mother’s Day over there) and the bond between mother and child (in particular that of Simon and her mom.)

Simon delivered on her promise with a stellar performance. She created multiple opportunities to score, and even netted one in the 56th minute.  This goal was the game winner for the Breakers as they defeated DC United Women by a score of 1 – 0.

This gave the Breakers two wins in as many games. Although this was exhibition play so it won’t count towards WPSL league play and stats, Breakers fans will be wishing it could be Mother’s Day every game day.

This one is for Kyah, her mom, and mom’s across all time zones – Happy Mother’s Day!

The first match of the WPSL Elite league’s inaugural season featured the Boston Breakers visiting the ASA Chesapeake Charge. The Breakers netted three goals in the first twenty minutes to secure the win while the defense and goal keeper Alice Binns kept the clean sheet by not letting in a single goal.

The three goals were scored by Veronica Napoli, Jessica Luscinski, and Katie Schoepfer. The first goal was scored by Napoli in the 4th minute of the game with an assist by former Tar Heel Courtney Jones. The two made history by recording the first goal and assist of WPSL Elite league. The next two goals came 10 minutes later and with in two minutes of each other. This time, Napoli was on the other side of the score assisting Schoepfer. Boston University star Jessica Luscinski scored the final goal of the match, assisted by captain Leslie Osborne.

The defense was able to make history in the game as well. The Breakers goal keeper Alice Binns recorded the first shutout of WPSL Elite league. This couldn’t have been accomplished without support from the Breakers’ back line consisting of Cat Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Elli Reed, and Courtney Jones.

Breakers head coach Lisa Cole had these thoughts on the team’s performance. “I liked how we started, going out right away and scoring goals,” Cole continued “Overall, I was excited about the team’s first win. I was pleased with the back line. They were solid.” When asked about the two game road trip to the nation’s capital, Cole said “It’s an important road trip for us, I want to get a ’W’ in our first WPSL Elite game, and DC United is a good team, so we get to be tested right away.”

Cole got the ‘W’ that she wanted. Let’s hope the Breakers can come out with another win in their second game against DC United. The Breakers stay in Maryland to play an exhibition versus USL W-League team DC United on Saturday, May 12th at 6 p.m. ET before heading home to Boston for their home opener versus FC Indiana Friday, May 18th at 7 p.m. ET.

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