By: Natallie Rocha

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (June 24, 2018)-Boston Breakers defender Jenna Tivnan tried her luck at offense to open the scoring against SC del Sol at the U-18/19 Girls' Academy Playoffs. Her header goal gave the Northeast Division champs a lead they would not relinquish. A few minutes later, forward Catherine Barry crushed a ball to the back of the net to secure the Breakers' postseason-opening 2-0 victory in Group D.

Boston's victory against SC del Sol centered on patience and game management. The U-18/19 Academy Playoffs are being played with a shortened 70-minute game format in to balance the volume of games in a short timeframe. The opening 35 minutes flew by as neither team made a mark on the scoreboard.

From the second half kick, Arizona's SC del Sol possessed well, but couldn't pierce the Breakers' stout defense. The Southwest Division squad's attack took the initiative early in the second frame, making some energetic bursts forward and challenging the Breakers' goalkeeper with some quick 1-v-1 play and a handful of shots on frame.

After del Sol's flurry of activity, an early corner kick turned the tides for the Breakers. Gabriella Delpicco chipped in a central ball to center back Jenna Tianan and her leaping header snuck the ball through the legs of del Sol 'keeper Lauren Marquez in the 46th.

Boston cemented its advantage in the 52nd minute. The Breakers sent a cross from the left side into the box and when the Arizonans missed a clearance, Barry capitalized on the mistake. She finished in the upper 90 to double Boston's lead.

Breaker's head coach Rolando Lopes preaches that the best form of defense is offense. As the No. 4 overall seed and the highest-scoring team in the Playoffs, Boston entered the tournament as the top seed in Group D. Currently in first place in Group D, the Breakers will face off with NTH Tophat on Tuesday and SC del Sol will take on La Roca Futbol Club in the final game of pool play.