The New York Fury had a chance to revenge the loss to the Boston Breakers last month in New York. They traveled to Boston Saturday night to play in front of a near sellout crowd to battle the Breakers. Unfortunately, the Breakers got the better of them, defeating the Fury 2-0. The Fury drop to 5-3-1, while the Breakers improve to 7-2.
Kyah Simon, the league’s leader in scoring, gave Boston the lead in the 35th minute when she punched in a shot off an assist from Katie Schoepfer. Simon would put in the second goal two minutes into the stoppage time in the first half. The Fury were not able to recover from the first half.
“This was the closest to WPS quality of any game we’ve played this season,” said New York Fury coach Paul Riley, referring to the former women’s professional league. “There were 20 former WPS players in the starting lineup tonight.”
With both sides bolstered by U.S. National Team players, Tobin Heath for New York and Heather O’Reilly for Boston, the two teams played an attacking game the entire 90 minutes.
“We started chasing the game a bit,” said Riley. “We went three in the back to try and get the equalizer, and it ended up costing us.”
Even though it was in a losing cause, Fury keeper Michelle Betos had seven saves, including two against New Jersey native Heather O’Reilly. “She kept us in the game,” said Riley.
The loss puts New York in fourth place five points behind the WNY Flash and the win for Boston puts them just three points out of first behind the league leading Chicago Red Stars.
Despite the loss, Riley says he sees his team improving, especially after back-to-back wins on the road last weekend. “The performance was better than when we played them at home”, Riley said.
After four straight road games, the New York Fury are back home on Thursday night June 28th , when they host ASA Chesapeake Charge at 7:00 pm at Hofstra University.