Taylor Lytle’s goal in the 54th minute was all the offense Sky Blue FC needed as they defeated Houston Dash 1-0 at Yurcak Field.
The winning goal came when Sarah Killion collected the ball and scoped out the attack from about 10 yards on top of the penalty area. She played the ball to Lytle who one-touched with her left foot before rifling a right-footed rocket into the left upper 90.
Over the final half-hour, both teams continued to battle with each creating scoring opportunities. Sky Blue FC nearly put away an insurance notch on a couple of occasions, while keeper Caroline Casey and her back line kept it clean on the defensive side of the pitch. In the end, Lytle’s goal would prove to be the difference.
“All of the credit for this performance must go to the players,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “As the season progresses, you can really see our connection coming together. Our team has a great understanding of one another, and they continue to gel and display fantastic teamwork. We made it a bit hard for ourselves at the end, but I had a supreme amount of confidence that we would close out the game. I could see how hungry our players were for the win, as well as their clear desire in playing for one another.”
Sky Blue FC has shown ever-improving development of its young roster this season,tonight starting all four of its 2016 NWSL College Draft selections (Raquel Rodriguez, Leah Galton, Erica Skroski, Casey), as well as both of its top draft picks from a year ago (Killion, Kristin Grubka) and another who came through open tryouts (Erin Simon) this preseason.