Teresa Noyola’s 85th minute penalty strike sent the Boston Breakers to 3-2 loss against the Houston Dash at Harvard Stadium on Sunday.
Noyola, who came on in the second half and also scored in the 81st minute, was afforded the opportunity to grab the game-winner after Courtney Jones fouled Rafaelle Souza inside Boston’s area in the waning minutes. From there, the Dash midfielder hit her shot into the top corner.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow tonight,” Breakers coach Tom Durkin said in team release. “Credit to Houston for hanging in. I think we stepped it up at the start of the second half and had the run of play, but we really didn’t create enough scoring chances from that.”
While the Dash capitalized late, it was the Breakers who’d make their statement early. In the opening seconds of the match, Heather O’Reilly grabbed a pass from Lisa De Vanna and after the initial shot was denied, O’Reilly pushed it through.
All was quiet near the Breakers’ net, where Alyssa Naeher was hardly bothered by Houston during the first half. The second half, however, was another story – for both sides.
In the 50th minute, Ella Masar equalized after she followed up a Tiffany McCarty rebound that Naeher couldn’t corral.
Twenty minutes later, the Breakers responded when O’Reilly crossed it for Joanna Lohman, who elevated over her defender and headed it past goalkeeper Erin McLeod in the 70th minute.
Noyola, who entered the game in the 75th minute, scored six minutes later after she collected a pass from Souza and chipped it past Naeher in the 81st minute.
The Dash substitute scored her second four minutes later to keep the Breakers winless on the 2014 season.
“Coming home, our expectations were a little bit higher,” Durkin said. “I think at the end of the day, we can play better than what we played today. It was a tough loss.”