Sky Blue FC celebrates a goal last Saturday by midfielder Allie Long (Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).
Team Looks for Second Consecutive Home Win
Sky Blue FC (1-3-1, 4 points) looks to remain unbeaten at home on Saturday night, welcoming the Boston Breakers (2-4-1, 7 points) to the friendly confines of Yurcak Field for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Coming off a huge 3-0 victory last weekend over the Atlanta Beat, Sky Blue FC enters this match with the chance to climb further up the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Standings with games in hand.
“This is a huge opportunity for us to continue the momentum we established last week,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra stated. “By getting a good result over Atlanta, we moved ahead of them in the standings with games in hand, and the same situation is presented to us against Boston. With a win, we can step into a playoff position and still have two games in hand on them. This is a big game for us, not only with it being an opportunity for a home win, but also because it is against a team that is above us in the standings.”
With the scoring explosion last week, which was the largest margin of victory in the three year history of the club, Gabarra feels that the team is in prime position to establish its offensive identity.
“Being able to get three goals is great, but it is even better when they are scored by three different players,” he remarked. “Sharpness and finishing are things that take some time. It may have taken longer than we would have liked, but I am happy with the way we have been attacking. The last piece is the finishing, and I am pleased to see different players step up and score goals. While there is always room for improvement, I feel we have the quality of players that opposing teams have to prepare for multiple players who are capable of putting the ball in the back of the net. That is definitely a positive for us.”
Assistant coach Rick Stainton also feels that the team is positioned with a chance to set a positive tone for the remainder of the season.
“Training has been going really well this week, and our sessions have been filled with a lot of high energy,” he commented. “Team morale has been great, and we now look to take advantage of the momentum we created last weekend. The key focus for us is sustainability. We must be able to sustain our success.”
Gates for the Saturday evening match with the Breakers will open at 5:30 p.m., and fans can still call 888-SBFC-TIX begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-SBFC-TIX end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-SBFC-TIX end_of_the_skype_highlighting for tickets. The Yurcak Field box office will also have tickets on sale at the entrance to the stadium on Saturday.