The Boston Breakers beat the Western New York Flash 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y., to secure first place in WPSL Elite and claim the league's regular season title.
The Breaker got a goal from defender Elli Reed in the 22nd minute and made it hold up for the rest of the match.
The Breakers end the regular season with a 11-3-0 record (30 points) and will play the Chicago Red Stars (9-4-1, 28 points) in the WPSL Elite semifinals Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. ET at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
"I think we've been a good team all year. We've been consistent. I'm proud of the effort we put on today. It was a professional win; we slugged it out," Breakers head coach Lisa Cole said. "Give the Flash credit. They're a good team. They pressured us hard."'
"I saw Shep (Katie Schoepfer) play the ball short to Bianca (D'Agostino), and Bianca played it back to Shep, and she hit in a really nice ball. The keeper got a hand on it, but then it hit another girl's chest, and it was bobbling around, and I just hit it in," Reed said of her goal. "It feels great, especially since it helped get us the (regular season) title. I'm very excited. There's a good energy amongst the team, and we're feeling good going into playoffs."
A large contigent of Breakers fans made the trip from Boston to Rochester.
"I love the fanbase," said goalie Alice Binns, a Dorchester, Mass. native. "I was surprised how many of them drove out here. It was great to have their support today
The other semifinal match on Wednesday will feature the No. 2 seed Flash (9-2-3, 30 points) and the No. 3 seed New York Fury (9-3-2, 29 points). The finals will take place Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. at Sahlen's Stadium