Sky Blue FC 5
Seattle Reign 4
Goals: SBFC: 48’ Sam Kerr, 68’ Sam Kerr (assist Daphne Corboz), 71’ Sam Kerr (assist Sarah Killion) 90’+1 Maya Hayes (assist Domi Richardson), 90’+4 Sam Kerr (assist Taylor Little); SEA: 3’ Katie Johnson (assist Christine Nairn), 18’ Jessica Fishlock, 45’+2 Nahomi Kawasumi (assist Christine Nairn), 85’ Kiersten Dallstream.
Overview: It was a tough week for Sky Blue FC as Christy Holly stepped down as the team’s head coach, and Christie Pearce was ruled out for the remainder of the season as she is recovering from a host of injuries. By halftime of Sky Blue’s match with Seattle Saturday, it looked as if the week was going to get worse as the Reign went to the locker room with a 3-0 lead.
But in stepped Sam Kerr. Just days after being nominated as one of 10 finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 award, Kerr made another major statement toward winning that international honor by scoring four goals in the second half, including the game winner.
While Kerr’s natural hat-trick tied the match at three in the 71st minute, Seattle would retake the lead on Dallstream’s goal five minutes before the end of regulation time. However, Maya Hayes stole some of Kerr’s thunder with the game-tying goal one minute past stoppage time, setting up the Australian International for yet another major moment this season.
Sky Blue then found itself with an opportunity to reclaim the lead in the 93rd minute when a handball infraction inside the box led to a penalty attempt. Stepping over the try was Kerr, who rifled a shot off the crossbar.
Seemingly deciding that a penalty kick was not the most dramatic way to end this game, Taylor Lytle stepped over a corner kick in the 94th minute. She sent a lofting ball towards the mouth of the frame, where Kerr fought off four defenders and put a leading header into the Seattle goal.
Sky Blue FC’s Sam Kerr…
“This comeback showed huge character. We can’t keep conceding lots of goals like we have been, but I know we will continue to grow. I am really proud of my teammates because we fought through and found a way to win the game.”
Next up for Sky Blue FC is a home match with the Boston Breakers on August 26. Game time is 7 p.m.
— NWSL (@NWSL) August 20, 2017