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Boston Breakers break Washington Spirit 1-0

Washington Spirit LogoAn ambitious Washington Spirit team (3-6-2) ended their 3-match undefeated streak, losing 1–0 against the Boston Breakers (3-6-3) on the Breakers home field. Now sitting at the bottom of the league, the Spirit have nowhere to go but up. Matches played away from their home field of Maureen Hendricks Field have not been good for the Spirit’s standings in the league. They have not won a match on the road this season.
The match in Boston was really a three-way match between the Breakers, the Spirit, and the wind whipping down the Charles River. Regular gusts were clocked at 20-plus miles per hour. In the first half, the winds worked in the Spirit’s favor; in the second half, not so much. Any ball lofted more than head height was subject to the whims of the wind. A ball set on the ground for play restarts, corner kicks, and goal kicks would not stay where placed if a gust of wind came in, and the wind came in often.

Early in the match the Spirit had their best opportunity to score early when a corner kick launched by Kristie Mewis landed in front of Whitney Church who was looking at an open slot to the back of the net. As she knocked her shot the Breakers defender Brooke Elby caught sight of what was happening and responded with a header from the goal line that floated the ball out of danger for the Breakers.
At the end of the first half, both teams were sporting zeros on the board.
The lone score of the match happened in the 73rd minute when the Breakers forward Midge Purce collected a pass off an upfield sideline corner kick by Rosie White. Then with a single kick, she slotted the ball through the Spirit’s defense into the net. The Spirit’s keeper didn’t have a chance to see it coming with all the players blocking her line of sight to the play. This was Purce’s first professional goal.
Margaret “Midge” Purce is from Olney. She played for Good Counsel under head coach Jim Bruno. Graduating from Good Counsel she went on to study at Harvard where she joined the Crimson women’s soccer team. At Harvard she continued her athletic accomplishments with awards like First team All-Ivy, which she won four times, and First team All-American. She was the first woman in the Ivy League to win Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in her rookie year.
Challenging the Spirit’s ability to win matches on the road is the continual change in the offensive lineup for the Spirit. At one point this season they had three forwards, Cali Farquharson, Katie Stengel, and Mallory Pugh, all out with injuries. Mallory Pugh retuned to the lineup for the game against Boston, Stengel was waived by the Spirit and picked up by the Breakers last week, and Farquharson is still sidelined for a knee injury incurred last season. Also waived on June 28 was Cameron Castleberry.
Replacing Stengel and Castleberry’s slots on the roster will be two international players. The Spirit signed Chilean forward Yanara Aedo on June 27. She is a regular on the Chilean national team. She is not new the Spirit’s camp. She played on the Spirit’s reserve team in 2015 that won the USL W-League championship. Joining her will be forward Estefania Banini from the Argentinian National team.
Banini has played for the Spirit previously. In the 2016 season she won the Golden Boot award from the Spirit, and was named National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Month in July. After the 2016 NWSL season, she left to play in Europe for Valencia FC. For undisclosed reasons she did not stay in Europe and has returned mid-season to the Spirit. She should complement fellow Spirit forwards Francisca Ordega and forward Cheyna Williams.
The next home match for the Washington Spirit will be July 8 at 3:30 p.m. The match will be played at Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds. It will also be broadcast live on Lifetime.

 

Boston

Washington

Shots

10

17

Shots on Goal

3

4

Saves

4

3

Corner Kicks

3

4

Fouls

10

14

Offside

1

11

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