Sheridan Can’t Save Sky Blue

Sky Blue, NWSL, Sheridan
Kailen Sheridan. Photo by Mike Gridley, ISI Photos.

North Carolina Courage 2
Sky Blue FC 0

Goals: NC: 20’ Lynn Williams, 42’ Samantha Mewis

Overview: Sitting atop the NWSL Power Rankings heading into the match, Sky Blue FC was outplayed by North Carolina and the result could have been worse if not for the goalkeeping heroics of Kailen Sheridan and her 11 saves. With Courage holding a 1-0, the game was put out of reach just before halftime when Mewis tapped in a rebound off her own shot. The bright spot for Sky Blue FC was the play of Sheridan in net. In no situation was her attitude greater than in the 57th minute when she found herself in a 1v1 situation with North Carolina midfielder Debinha, who carried the ball into the penalty area with no one but Sheridan to beat. The Canada international then aggressively came off her line and quickly smothered the ball to end the run by Fabinha.

What’s next:
Sky Blue FC (3-1-3) return home to face Brazilian star Marta and the Orlando Pride. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.