Sky Blue’s midfielder Elizabeth Eddy opened the scoring in the 36th minute. However, Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor scored two minutes later to tie the match at 1.
The match was shifted to Red Bull Arena after ticket demand for the game outweighed the capacity of this team’s home pitch at Yurcak Field. The attendance was the largest home crowd in team history.
Sky Blue’s goal came when rookie Kenie Wright played a ball to Eddy over the defensive backline. Reign FC keeper Casey Murphy came off her line and Eddy looped the ball over Murphy for her first Sky Blue goal. The assist from Wright was also the first of her career.
Reign FC would come back immediately to draw level. Allie Long sent a low cross into the feet of Taylor, whose one-touch shot was able to beat Sky Blue keeper Kailen Sheridan.
— Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG) August 18, 2019
Taylor almost netted another goal to put Reign FC on top in the second half but was denied by the post in the 47th minute. Midfielder Ifeoma Onumonu had a chance in the 54th minute to break the deadlock but Sherdian was able to make the save.
Sky Blue pushed hard until the final whistle for a go-ahead goal. Amandine Pierre Louis, Caprice Dydasco and Carli Lloyd each had shots in the final minutes but could not convert.
Sky Blue captain Sarah Killion hit a career milestone as she made her 100th NWSL appearance.
“One-hundred in front of this crowd is just a dream come true,” said Killion. “I feel very honored to be on the field with the players and with Sky Blue, I know the staff was working as hard as they could to make this happen and so it just brings a smile to my face. We almost got the win. We are scraping and we are fighting and I think we are getting better and better every week.”