July 24, 2012
THIRD TIMEóMAYBE A CHARM
A win puts Breakers in the final
NORWOOD, Mass. - The Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars will meet for the third and final time this WPSL Elite season, and this is the most important game of them all.
The Breakers and Red Stars play Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. ET in Rochester, N.Y. in the WPSL Elite semifinals. The winner takes on either the Western New York Flash or New York Fury in Saturdayís WPSL Elite Championship at 1 p.m. ET. The Flash and Fury play at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal. All games will be streamed live on www.livesportsvideo.com.
"Iím excited about playing Chicago. Theyíre a good team, and every time weíve matched up with them, itís been a good soccer game," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "They have some players who can be dangerous, so itíll be an exciting game. And it should be an exciting game when you get to the playoffs."
The first time these two teams met, the Red Stars ended Bostonís five-game winning streak to start the season, a stretch in which Boston outscored its opponents, 16-4. The Red Stars won, 1-0, in a game played June 3 at North Central College, in Naperville, Ill. Michele Weissenhofer scored the lone goal of the game. It came in the 34th minute, and Lori Chalupny earned the assist. Keeper Jamie Forbes recorded her third shutout in goal. Forbes finished the season with six clean sheets for Chicago. The Breakers were without forward Melissa Henderson in that match, and she is expected to start in Wednesday nightís semifinals.
The second time the Breakers and Red Stars met came on June 30 at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. In front of a sellout crowd of 2,092, the Breakers got a goal from Australian international Kyah Simon in the 89th minute to seal the victory. The win put Boston and Chicago in a first-place tie atop WPSL Elite.
Throughout a good portion of the season, either the Breakers or Red Stars held the top spot in the league, conceding it only for a matter of hours on one occassion due to another team playing earlier in the day. Both teams have nearly identical team stats, with Boston outscoring its opponents on the field, 28-8, and Chicago with a 26 goals for to 10 goals allowed ratio. (Both teams were penalized once this season due to forfeits and one goal scored against was added to each team, which brings the numbers to 28GF to 9GA for Boston and 26GF to 11GA for Chicago).