Kyah Simon has starred once again for Boston Breakers as they maintained their undefeated record in the WPSL Elite competition.
Kyah Simon has starred once again for Boston Breakers, providing two goals assists as they maintained their undefeated record in the WPSL Elite competition.
The Breakers got a hat trick from forward Katie Schoepfer in a 3-2 win over the Western New York Flash. Schoepfer praising the efforts of the Aussie and her lead up work.
"My teammates did most of the work. The ball was just landing for me in the right spot. Two of them were all Kyah (Simon-s) work," Schoepfer said.
"I think it-s a sign of a good team that we-ve won in many different ways.
We-ve had blowouts, we-ve had teams that were a lot more physical, we-ve had teams that were a lot more organized. Figuring out how the Flash played after the first half, we kind of talked it out, and we were able to make the adjustments we needed to make and go out there and take it to them."
The Flash came out and dominated possession early in the first half, creating a number of chances. In the 7th minute, McCall Zerboni rocketed a cross from Adriana on goal, but Breakers rookie keeper Alice Binns was there to make the stop, one of season-high seven saves on the night.
Four minutes later, Adriana ripped a shot from 20 yards out, again stopped by Binns. The Breakers struggled to push the ball forward until the 20th minute when Cat Whitehill played in rookie forward Melissa Henderson on a free kick. Henderson and Simon both got a foot on it, but WNY-s backline cleared it from danger.
Despite losing the possession game early on, the Breakers struck first.
Schoepfer scored the first of her three goals, burying a shot past Allison Lipsher off a redirection in front. The 33rd minute goal gave Boston a 1-0 lead. The Flash tied the game in the 49th minute when striker Adriana flicked a pass through a gap in Boston-s backline. The ball went right to Angela Salem, who beat Binns to level the score.
Boston retook the lead in the 54th minute on a penalty shot by Schoepfer. Simon was tripped up in the box on a breakaway, which led to the PK. In the 67th minute, Schoepfer scored her hat trick, the first three-goal game since her senior year at Penn State University.
The Flash threatened in the following minutes when Adriana hit two shots on goal in a span of two minutes. Her persistence paid off. The Spanish striker scored to make it a 3-2 game in the 82nd minute, putting a loose ball in the box past Binns.
However, the Breakers held on from there on out and now head out west, taking on FC Indiana on Friday and the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. They then play at the Philadelphia Fever on June 10 before returning home June 20 to meet the New England Mutiny.
"It was a little nervewracking at the end. We knew the game was going to be a good game. They have good players, and we have a set of good players," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said.
"I think we were lucky to get up 3-1, and they made interesting there at the end, but I was proud of what the girls were able to accomplish, especially coming off the game on Wednesday."