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Jennie Nobis' stoppage time goal prevented a shutout, but it wasn't enough for Boston as the Breakers fell to Sky Blue FC, 2-1, in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday night at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Boston and Sky Blue FC now have identical 5-6-3 records on the year and are tied for third place with 18 points - five behind second-place Saint Louis. The match was the third of four between the two teams in the regular season, although Sky Blue FC has now clinched the season series. "You can't argue (our team's) work in the second half. They worked incredibly hard," said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco. "Our final pass quality and finishing quality have not been good enough." Nobis' second goal of the season came three minutes into second-half stoppage time, into the top right corner of the goal, after she settled a ball sent over the top of the defense from Angela Hucles with her chest. The first goal came in the 24th minute after a pretty quiet start to the half when Sky Blue FC's Collette McCallum played a long ball to Natasha Kai who headed it long and over Breakers goalkeeper Alli Lipsher, who was caught too far out of net, trying to intercept the cross. It wasn't long before the New Jersey team scored their second of the match in the 37th minute when Heather O'Reilly crossed the ball to Rosana's feet in the middle of the box. The Brazilian skillfully turned on defender Candace Chapman and hit a shot to the top left corner, out of Lipsher's reach. The Breakers had a few opportunities to get on the board before halftime, the first coming in the 18th minute when Amy Rodriguez crossed the ball across the box to Nobis, who hit the shot at Branam. The Sky Blue FC goalkeeper deflected the save, and Nobis just missed the rebound. Not long after Sky Blue FC's second goal, Rodriguez took the ball on a breakaway in the 40th minute, but Branam came out of net and intercepted it, clearing the ball out of bounds. With one last attempt just before the half, Fabiana, in her Breakers debut, crossed the ball again to Nobis who mis-struck the ball, leaving it for Sky Blue FC defenders to clear out. McCallum and O'Reilly continued to be dangerous for Sky Blue FC in the second half. McCallum rocketed two shots in the 50th and 52nd minutes, but both went just over the cross bar. O'Reilly made a fast breakaway in 85th minute, and toe-poked the ball with force, but it too went over the goal. Lipsher made a few other key saves in the second, to shut out Sky Blue FC for the half. Leading up to Nobis' goal, the Breakers had a few opportunities to close the gap, but were unable to finish. In the 65th minute, Chapman got an open shot in the box, but shot it wide to the left. Kelly Schmedes came off the bench and saved a ball on the goal line in the 81st minute before passing it in front of the net, but a defender got to it before one of her Breakers teammates. Angela Hucles also had an open shot before her assist at the start of second-half stoppage time, but shot the ball high after gathering up a deflected Alex Scott shot 25 yards from goal. The Breakers next game is Wednesday, July 15 at Harvard Stadium where they will face the Chicago Red Stars for their third and final meet of the regular season.