The Boston Breakers hosted the Houston Dash in front of more than 3,000 fans on Wednesday night, but weren't able to come away with any points, dropping 3-1 to the visitors.
The Dash were without two of their USWNT stars; neither the recently injured Carli Lloyd nor the slowly rehabbing Morgan Brian made the trip to New England. Boston couldn't take advantage, as they only had three total field players available on the bench due to their own injury woes. Former Dash defender Allysha Chapman joined Christen Westphal, Brooke Elby and Rose Lavelle on the bench, leaving it up to a somewhat makeshift defense to get the job done. At times they did, but the back line has been in almost constant flux all season, and the lack of cohesion led to openings that the Dash exploited on their way to scoring 3 goals.
Boston fought back to level the score after conceding early, but in the second half Houston pulled away and took three points with them on the way to their weekend match in Portland. With the Thorns losing at Kansas City late Wednesday night, the weekend's tilt just got much more interesting.
After the Breakers and Dash players spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, we caught up with both coaches, as well as Houston's Sarah Hagen and Boston's Natasha Dowie, Ifeoma Onumonu and Amanda Frisbie.