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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Sherice Bartling and Angela Hucles scored in the game’s first nine minutes, leading the Boston Breakers to a 4-2 victory Wednesday night over the Bay Area CyberRays in the WUSA’s first midweek match.
Captain Brandi Chastain scored twice for the CyberRays, who outshot Boston 26-10, but allowed the most goals in WUSA history. The offensive problems that have plagued the young league were nowhere in evidence at Spartan Stadium, as both teams made numerous scoring rushes.
Kristine Lilly and Dagny Mellgren also scored for the Breakers (2-1-2), who are undefeated in two trips to the Bay Area this season.
Bartling got her first goal of the season in the eighth minute by putting home a rebound of Mellgren’s shot from seven yards. A minute later, Hucles scored.
Boston scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the second half. Lilly connected in the 56th minute and Mellgren tapped in another goal a minute later to give the Breakers a 4-0 lead.
The CyberRays (1-3-1) staged numerous offensive attacks, keeping the ball in Breakers territory for most of the first half. But they couldn’t get past Breakers goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who was making her WUSA debut.
LeBlanc, Canada’s starting goalie, was replaced by Tracy Ducar in the 75th minute after she was knocked down during a Bay Area rush.
Chastain headed in teammate Sissi’s pass for a score in the 62nd minute. Chastain, the CyberRays’ captain and the hero of the United States’ World Cup championship victory in 1999, scored again in the 87th minute on a penalty kick.