Galton’s Goal Nets Sky Blue Big Road Point

Photo by Daniel Bartel, ISI Photos.
Photo by Daniel Bartel, ISI Photos.
Photo by Daniel Bartel, ISI Photos.

Less than two weeks after activating Leah Galton, the former Hofstra University standout is paying early dividends for Sky Blue FC.

Galton scored the game tying goal to earn the NWSL side a 1-1 tie and a critical road point against Chicago Red Stars on Sunday night on the road at Toyota Park.

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Trailing 1-0 after a goal by Chicago midfielder Danielle Colaprico in the 34th minute, two second half substitutes by Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly proved crucial. The addition of goal-scoring threats Galton and Tasha Kai quickly helped Sky Blue FC make some noise on the offensive end of the field.

In the 72nd minute, Sky Blue FC would cash in on the move, making good on a series that started at the feet of midfielder Taylor Lytle on the right flank. Lytle touched into space before sending a ball across the mouth of the frame, where it split two Red Stars defenders and fell in front of Galton. The British international quickly collected before rifling a shot that went beyond the reach of Chicago netminder Michele Dalton, registering her first professional goal and leveling the tally at one notch each.

“Overall, I am happy with the performance,” said Holly. “Our team bounced back from last week’s result and showed tremendous character, resolve and desire. They gave a very accurate representation of how well they can play in this match. We were able to dominate for large parts of the game, and this result is a testament to every single player on our team because Chicago is a very difficult place to leave with anything. These players truly deserve all of the credit tonight.”

Galton continued to wreak havoc inside the Red Stars box and create opportunities for her club, with the entire New Jersey side performing at a high level of energy. Both teams sought after a go-ahead score, but the final whistle would blow with the count still even at one apiece.

After the conclusion of this contest, Pine Belt of Lakewood Player of the Match accolades were presented to Galton.