Chicago Puts End To Sky Blue Unbeaten Streak

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Sky Blue FC fell to Chicago. Photo: Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos
Sky Blue FC fell to Chicago. Photo: Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos
Sky Blue FC fell to Chicago. Photo: Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos

Sky Blue FC’s five game home unbeaten streak came to end in a 3-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field on Saturday.

With the match scoreless through the first 30 minutes, the visitors would take the lead just past the half-hour mark. Chicago’s Stephanie McCaffrey’s strike in the 31st minute sailed over the head of Sky Blue keeper Caroline Stanley and caromed off the far post and into the net.

Sky Blue had opportunities to level the match before halftime, but were unable to beat Chicago keeper Alyssa Naeher. In one sequence during the 38th minute, a shot from Sky Blue midfielder Tasha Kai was stopped by Naeher but the rebound crept toward the goal. Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland cleared the ball, but Sky Blue’s Sarah Killion secured the clear for a second shot that Naeher was able to stop. The sequence ended with Sky Blue’s Sam Kerr appearing to tie the match, but was whistled for offside.

The Red Stars maintained its slim one-goal lead just past the 70 minute mark when they would take control. Christen Press slotted a Vanessa DiBenardo feed under Stanley in the 73rd minute for a 2-0 lead. Seven minutes later, Sofia Huerta made it 3-0 when she finished off a Gilliland redirection from a Vanessa DiBernardo corner.

Sky Blue FC ruined the clean sheet for Naeher in the fourth minute of stoppage time, as Leah Galton was able to cross a ball from the left side of the area that found the knee of Kerr to place the final 3-1 score line.

“Obviously, we are disappointed with the result,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “When we look back at some of tonight’s defining moments, we will see that we did not win them, and that ultimately cost us the outcome of the game. Now, we will dig into the film to find the positives and make sure this result does not define our season.”

Sky Blue FC next match will be Sunday at FC Kansas City. The team will return home to Yurcak Field on Wednesday, September 7, hosting Orlando Pride at 7 p.m.