July 12, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Boston Breakers
One of the hottest teams in the National Women's Soccer League, the Boston Breakers, head to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday night (7 p.m. ET) to take on first-place Sky Blue FC (9-3-3).
The fifth-place Breakers improved to 5-5-4 with Saturday's 2-0 win over Portland Thorns FC, and combined with Western New York's 3-2 loss Thursday night at Seattle Reign FC, keep Boston just four points off the fourth and final playoff spot with seven games remaining on the season.
This is the second time Boston takes on Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field this season, and the Breakers have their sights set on reversing their last outing in New Jersey, a 5-1 loss, on June 1.
Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole noted that this time around, both teams look a lot different than they did a month ago. Boston was without NWSL leading scorer and reigning NWSL Player of the Week Sydney Leroux (10 goals) and midfielder Heather O'Reilly (3 goals, 3 assists), who were both on international duty with the U.S. Women's National Team, as well as Canadian defender/midfielder Rhian Wilkinson, who also missed the match due to international commitments. Sky Blue was missing U.S. Women's National Team players, defender/forward Kelley O'Hara and keeper Jill Loyden as well as Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt, a dangerous threat on the attack. "I think we're a better team now than when we were then," Cole said. "We're excited to play them at their place again. I think fans will get to see a good game. They're obviously still the league leaders, so we have to be at our best. I think it will be a good matchup."
You can watch Saturday's game live at 7 p.m. ET at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCpiUY3Gh8.