Sky Blue FC closed out its preseason with a 2-0 victory over Rutgers University. Jen Hoy and Paige Monaghan each scored for the Blues.
The NWSL side got things going early. In the 9th minute, Raquel Rodriguez flicked a pass to Hoy who beat several defenders before finding the back of the net.
Sky Blue’s defense would hold that lead until the 77th minute as Paige Monaghan scored to double the lead.
The win was also another clean sheet in the preseason for Sky Blue, something of importance to its head coach, Denise Reddy.
“We defend as a unit, from forwards back to goalkeepers, so when we get a shutout it’s not just the backline and the goalkeepers, it’s all of us because we work as one unit at all times, no matter where the ball is,” she said. “We put a lot of time into establishing a good comradery and our defensive organization and I think it showed tonight.”
Sky Blue’s will begin the NWSL season April 13 against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex. The home opener will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers.