After an unscheduled off week, the Boston Breakers headed to Rochester, New York to face the winless Western New York Flash. In a match that was the be a homecoming for Abby Wambach, it was Boston Breakers’ and Wambach’s USWNT teammate Heather O’Reilly who stole the show.
The Flash jumped on the board early with a goal by Samantha Kerr in the 7th minute, her second of the season, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.
But that lead did not last for long as Breakers forward Sydney Leroux found Heather O’Reilly with a cross in the box that HAO slipped past Adrianna Franch.
The match stayed notched a 1-1 until the 83rd minute when O’Reilly found the back of the net again, slipping a ball between Franch’s legs for what turned out to be the match winner.
“I thought HAO (O’Reilly) was very good,” Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. “Her work rate is never in question. She did an excellent job. They had to work to catch her, and they lost the battle.”
With the win, Breakers keeper Cecilia Santiago, at the age of just 18 years old, became the youngest keeper in NWSL, WPS and WUSA history to earn a victory in goal.
“She’s a young goalkeeper, it was her first start, and I think she did a good job,” Cole said. “She came up with some big saves.”
We’ve also found a few more recaps of Saturday’s match that we wanted to share with you …
Heather O’Reilly lights up the Flash at NBCSports.com
Since the NWSL schedule was released in mid-February, Saturday was supposed to be about Abby Wambach’s first home game with her hometown team, the Western New York Flash. Instead, it was the Heather O’Reilly show.
Heather O’Reilly leads comeback over WNY Flash at New England Soccer News
“I think it was important for us to play well. They’re a good team. And there were times they had possession, times we had possession. It was important for us to persevere and get the win, especially on the road,” Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said.
Short-handed Flash lose to Boston at the Democrat and Chronicle
Western New York and Boston each have two United States national team stars on their rosters. But the two who play for the Flash — Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd — weren’t on the field Saturday night, and the Breakers’ duo of Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux made the difference.
Goals by Half 1 2 F
BOS 1 1 2
WNY 1 0 1
WNY – Kerr (Heyboer) 7
BOS – O’Reilly (Leroux) 16
BOS – O’Reilly (Sanderson) 83
BOS – Whitehill (caution) 62