Sky Blue FC 2
Orlando Pride 3
Goals: SBFC: 45’ Kelley O’Hara (penalty kick), 45’+1 Sam Kerr (Maya Hayes); ORL: 11’ Chioma Ubogagu, 77’ Marta, 86’ Rachel Hill (Steph Catley)
Overview: Sky Blue FC has shown moments of brilliance and moments that they could contend for the NWSL title. And then at other times, they have looked ordinary and inconsistent, at times all in one match. Such was the case in the Blues’ midweek matchup against Orlando. Trailing early after Ubogagu gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Sky Blue fought back before halftime with two late goals, including a golazo from Kerr one minute into stoppage time. As the game clock ticked toward the 90-minute mark, Orlando would draw even in the 77th minute when defender Steph Catley centered a feed that deflected directly to the feet of Marta, and the Brazilian striker one-timed the loose ball into the goal with her left foot. Nine minutes later, the Pride would roar again. On the play, Catley sent a ball from the left flank across the mouth of the goal. There awaiting the distribution was forward Rachel Hill, who headed in what would become the game-winning goal. When the final whistle was blown just minutes later, Sky Blue FC found itself on the unfavorable side of a 3-2 result.
Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly…
“It is unacceptable for us to continue performing at such an inconsistent level. We know that we can do better. The positive that we will take away from this is knowing everything that went wrong in our performance is something we can control. We can rectify that, and we take accountability for what happened here tonight.”
Sky Blue FC will now head south this Saturday to play the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week.