Christie Rampone logged 90 minutes today (Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).
Sky Blue FC Defeats W-League Affiliate, 3-0
Hillburn, N.Y. (Tuesday, May 25, 2010) – Some familiar faces returned to the pitch today for Sky Blue FC in a friendly with one of the team’s USL W-League affiliate clubs, Hudson Valley Quickstrike FC Lady Blues. Among those back on the field in this 3-0 victory included forward Tasha Kai and defender Meghan Schnur, with defender Christie Rampone making her first appearance in game action this season.
“My body’s feeling pretty good, and it’s great to get in a full 90 minutes today,” Rampone stated after playing three 30-minute sessions. “It definitely felt good just to do the movement the whole time – the up and back of a center back, the sprinting and slowing down. It’s nice to be back on the field!”
Rampone is now on pace to be available this Saturday night when Sky Blue FC hosts the Boston Breakers at 7:00 p.m. The veteran U.S. National Team defender game birth to her second daughter, Reece, this past March and has been quickly working her way back to game shape since that time.
Along with Rampone, another player who is set to return to action on the Sky Blue FC back line is Schnur, her national team defensive teammate. The UConn graduate logged significant minutes in today’s exhibition and also played a consistent role in setting up the Sky Blue FC attack.
The third player who returned to action today for Sky Blue FC is Kai, who has already knocked in a pair of goals this season.
“I feel ready for this weekend, and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things,” Kai said. “Along with my teammates, I’m going to do everything I can to show the fans a lot of excitement and a lot of goals. I’m just happy to get back out there having fun and doing what I do best.”
The heat on the turf today at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Center in Hillburn climbed to high temperatures, but both teams in this friendly showed impressive fitness in their steady work rate. The game was played in four 30-minute quarters, and goalkeepers Kristin Luckenbill and Shannon Myers split the time in net for Sky Blue FC while starter Karen Bardsley did some fundamental work on the sidelines with goalkeeper coach Rick Stainton.
The first tally in this match came in the second quarter on a ball from Schnur that started in the back. She sent a feed to forward Kiersten Dallstream in the midfield, who then flicked the ball forward to a streaking Rosana in the center of the attack. The Brazilian speedster then raced past the Hudson Valley defense and struck the ball into the back of the net.
The next goal came in the third stanza when Quickstrike FC alumna Brittany Taylor fed a pass to Dallstream, who in turn sent the ball upfield to midfielder Yael Averbuch in front of the frame. The UNC product needed just one touch to position herself and connected with a hard right foot to put the ball into the back of the net. The final notch of the exhibition came in the fourth quarter when first-year forward Megan Snell crossed a ball from the right wing, and Kai was there to head the ball home for the third Sky Blue FC goal of the game.
Tickets for Saturday’s match with the Boston Breakers are available now, and Sky Blue FC is currently offering an exclusive “Jersey Girls” ticket package for its fans. With four players on the roster originating from the Garden State (Averbuch, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly and Rampone), Sky Blue FC will be celebrating its home grown “Jersey Girls” throughout Saturday night. While supplies last, fans who purchase the “Jersey Girls” package will get an exclusive t-shirt and post-game photo taken with the Sky Blue FC Jersey Girls. The cost of the package is only an additional $10 to any ticket, and those fans who have already purchased tickets can still upgrade to the Jersey Girls package for the same cost.
To purchase tickets for Saturday’s match, call 1-888-SBFC-TIX today or visit www.SkyBlueFC.com.