Sky Blue Heads North

Sarah Killion against Seattle

By TOM SLATER

imagesizecacheurlAfter crossing the country, dominating host Seattle Reign in stretches and coming away with only a point, Sky Blue is hungry for three points against the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday (4 p.m., streaming on go90.com).

The New Jersey-based club is seeking its first win of the National Women’s Soccer League season.

Sky Blue not only outshot the Reign, but also controlled the match for long stretches of the 1-1 draw. Only a strong performance by Seattle goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (the NWSL Player of the Week after making 11 saves) prevented Sky Blue from coming away with a win.

“She [Kopmeyer] might have played the best game of her life,” Sky Blue Coach Christy Holly said. “And that’s a credit to her. She not only made the saves but parried them away from out forwards who were ready to put he ball in the back of the net.

“But that’s what happens in soccer. There’s going to be a game when we don’t deserve to win and hopefully we can hang in there and get three points then.”

Boston finished in last place the last two seasons and is in the midst of a rebuilding program. The Breakers have 13 new players on the roster, highlighted by the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, Rose Lavelle. The Breakers also traded for defender Megan Oyster. Both have made appearances with the United States women’s national team this year.

Besides Lavelle, Boston had three more picks in the draft’s first round: Southern California midfielder Morgan Andrews, California forward Ifeoma Onumonu and Harvard forward Margaret Purce.

Boston’s youth was evident in the opener against FC Kansas City, a 2-0 loss. The Breaker backline had difficulty dealing with the constant pressure, especially from the with veterans Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux — both of whom were playing in the first game after giving birth. Rodriguez and Leroux accounted for the goals.

“We respect Boston, because you have to respect every team in this league,” Holly said. “But we want three points. I was happy with the way we approached the game [against Seattle] and how much we attacked. We want to maintain that pace and, of course, put some balls in the net.”