Kristine Lilly to be Honored Friday at City Hall in Boston
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will honor former Boston Breakers captain and international soccer legend Kristine Lilly with a proclamation, declaring Friday, May 20, 2011, as Kristine Lilly Day in the city of Boston.
The event, which begins at 2 p.m. at City Hall Plaza in Boston and is open to the public, will coincide with the retirement of Lilly's jersey during Boston's home game this Sunday, May 22nd (4 p.m.) against the Philadelphia Independence. Kristine Lilly will become the first female professional athlete to have her jersey retired in the city of Boston.
Breakers Stalled By Flash
Allston, MA (May 13, 2011) - The Boston Breakers (2-4-0) fell behind by two goals twice Friday night against the Western New York Flash (4-0-1) and couldn't catch up, falling to the first-place Flash, 3-2, at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.
"I think their team effort was a complete effort. I'm disappointed in some of our players' efforts," Boston Head Coach Tony DiCicco said. "I told the players this was a game we should've got a result in. All in all, we failed in this game. You have to have a fighting spirit in this league. It's the ability to fight and work really hard that are important in this league."
In the 10th minute, the Flash took a 1-0 lead with a drifted diagonal ball from McCall Zerboni across the field to Brittany Bock, who met face-to-face with Boston keeper Alyssa Naeher at the penalty spot. Bock was able to get to the ball first and neatly head it over Naeher for the ball to land in the back of Breakers net. In the 25th minute, Zerboni received a ball from Flash defender Kim Brandao with a near perfect touch that fell into her intended path. She finished with a clean struck volley that sunk straight toward the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game.
Play quieted down in the middle of the first half before Boston forward Liz Bogus properly got on the end of a corner kick from Nikki Washington. Bogus headed a shoulder height ball past Flash keeper Ashlyn Harris. Harris was too late getting a hand on the ball, and the Breakers narrowed the score to 2-1.
Although the Flash led in shots at halftime (5-2), possession and overall statistics were fairly even after the first half for both the teams. The second half started and the awaited rain began to fall at Sahlen's Stadium as the match continued on slick turf. The Breakers had the majority of opportunities at the start of the second half. In the 51st minute, Australian international midfielder Leah Blayney, playing in her first-ever WPS game, connected with a head ball off a cross that missed just wide of the left post. In the 57th minute, Bogus ripped a hard shot from just outside the box which sailed past the left goal post.
Zerboni helped to put the control of the game back into Flash possession as she came away with her second goal of the game on a header off of a well placed cross from Gemma Davison, who beat a defender down the right flank. Naeher had no time to react to Zerboni's head ball, which made it a 3-1 game.
A penalty kick was awarded to the Breakers in the 80th minute after forward Katie Schoepfer was tripped from behind by Zerboni inside the box while dribbling toward the goal. Kasey Moore hit the net with a high, hard shot toward the right side of the net to shorten Flash's lead to just one goal for the second time in the game. The goal was Moore's team-leading second of the season.
In the 83rd minute, the Breakers had another chance at goal as Washington tipped the ball for a shot before Harris could get to it. The ball traveled to the right of the net for a Flash goal kick. Late into stoppage time, Moore nearly sunk the tying goal with a potent header off a cross from substitute Claire Zimmeck. The ball skidded a hair to the side of the right post, seconds before the final whistle blew.
"We had some really good looks in the second half," DiCicco said. "We played a pretty good second half, but you can't come back twice from two goals down."
Boston Breakers to Retire Kristine Lilly's Number 13
The Boston Breakers are proud to announce a special evening to honor its recently retired captain and international soccer legend Kristine Lilly. The Breakers will retire Lilly's number 13 during a half-time ceremony at Harvard Stadium on Sunday, May 22, 2010 at 4pm against the Philadelphia Independence. Although the Breakers have honored past players, Lilly's number will be the first formally retired by the team. "Kristine is the most decorated player in the history of women's soccer and arguably the greatest female athlete in Boston sports history," says Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco. "It was a true honor to coach Kristine as a professional here in Boston and for the 1999 World Cup winning US Women's National Team."
Kristine Lilly is the most capped player in US soccer history (men & women) with 352 international appearances for the United States Women's National Team. Lilly has appeared in five FIFA Women's World Cups and three Olympic Games. She is a two time World Cup Champion and two time Olympic Gold Medalist. Lilly was a founding member of the Boston Breakers; starring for the team from 2001 â" 2003 in the WUSA. When professional women's soccer re-launched in 2009 in the new WPS, Lilly returned as Breakers team captain and played every minute of all 20 matches. In her final season in 2010, she earned WPS All-Star honors and guided the team to the WPS Super Semi-Final.
"Kristine is a true Boston sports legend," says Breakers General Manager Andy Crossley. "Our fans have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see her play. This event gives us all a chance to show our appreciation for what Kristine has done for the Breakers and women's soccer as a whole."
Kristine Lilly Night will include special guests and a video tribute highlighting her incredible career.
Tickets for the game are now on sale at www.breakerstickets.com.
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