New England Soccer Today

Breakers Obliterated by Flash

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

The Breakers’ season-long struggles hit a new low on Friday in Rochester, N.Y. where the locals were obliterated by the Western New York Flash in a 7-1 defeat at Rhinos Stadium.

Jess McDonald collected a hat trick with goals in the 28th, 43rd and 59th minutes while Lynn Williams bagged a brace with strikes in the 19th and 49th minutes. Makenzy Doniak and Taylor Smith each tallied in the 45+2 and 63rd minutes, respectively, before the hosts eased off the gas in the latter stages.

Rookie Christen Westphal’s first professional goal in the 38th minute was the lone measure of success for the guests on an otherwise humiliating evening.

Boston was outshot 18-7, and conceded five unanswered goals following Westphal’s strike. To date, the Breakers have scored only three goals in 10 games this year.

Former Breakers midfielder McCall Zerboni, who was traded to the Flash earlier this month, went the full 90, and was issued a 60th minute caution.

The loss sank the last-place Breakers to 1-8-1 (4 points). Following Friday’s loss, the squad’s goal differential plummetted to negative-22. Western New York’s victory improved their mark to 6-4-0 (18 points), good for third place on the table.

The Breakers will remain on the road next week for a Jul. 2 contest against Seattle Reign at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash. In their first meeting of the season, the Reign handed the Breakers a 3-0 home defeat on Apr. 24.

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