Defender Caitlin Foord and Sky Blue FC were their first loss in seven games (Photo by Howard C. Smith).
Visiting Western New York Deals Sky Blue FC a 3-0 Defeat
Sky Blue FC (7-2-1, 22 points) fell to the Western New York Flash (4-2-2, 13 points) at Yurcak Field on Saturday night, suffering a 3-0 defeat. The loss brings an end to a franchise record five-game winning streak, but Sky Blue FC still finds itself even with Portland Thorns FC atop the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Standings.
Western New York opened the scoring in the 4th minute on a play that started with a through ball from midfielder Angela Salem to a streaking Abby Wambach on the right side of the penalty area. Wambach settled and turned towards the middle of the box before looking to her left and spotting forward Samantha Kerr open by the far post. She fed the ball over to Kerr, who immediately struck it into the back netting to give her side an early 1-0 advantage. The deficit marked the first time that Sky Blue FC had trailed in a game since May 1st (seven matches), also against the Flash.
Sky Blue FC saw its first significant scoring opportunity occur in the 23rd minute after striker Danesha Adams chipped a ball forward to Australian playmaker Lisa De Vanna, who raced towards the goal from the left flank. After looking to her right, she fed a ball to the opposite of the box where forward Kelley O’Hara was awaiting the distribution. Once the pass arrived, O’Hara put a strike on it, but Western New York netminder Adriana Franch was able to make a save on the attempt.
In the 45th minute, the Flash extended its lead to 2-0 once New Jersey native Carli Lloyd was able to take advantage of a defensive mistouch on the right side of the penalty area. After the miscue occurred, Lloyd gathered the ball and found herself with a wide open lane to the goal. She settled the ball once she saw the space in front of her and then immediately hammered a right-footed strike that ripped into the net. The halftime whistle was sounded shortly thereafter, and Western New York headed to the locker room with a two-goal edge.
Sky Blue FC created another great chance for itself in the 76th minute of this contest. After Adams teed up a corner kick, she put a well-placed ball onto the head of O’Hara, who directed the feed right on frame. Just before the shot attempt was able to cross the line, Wambach dove into the goal and saved the would-be tally with her left foot. The ball then drifted back towards the six-yard box, where defender Coco Goodson headed it into the hands of Franch.
The score was extended to a three-goal differential in the 82nd minute of play, and again it was Kerr and Wambach on the play. This time, Kerr was returning the favor for her earlier notch, feeding a ball through the middle where Wambach was able to able to run onto it and toe poke it past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. After finishing that play, the Flash saw itself with a 3-0 lead, and it would preserve it until the final minutes ticked off the clock.
Next up for Sky Blue FC is a road pairing on Sunday, June 16th, when it travels north to face the Boston Breakers at 6:30 p.m. The team will then return home on June 22nd to welcome Portland Thorns FC to Yurcak Field, with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game are available now and can be purchased by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (723-2849).