Sky Blue Again Finds Some Late Magic

Sky Blue, NWSL
Photo by Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos

Sky Blue FC 2
Orlando Magic 1

Goals: SBFC: 43’ Sam Kerr (Daphne Corboz), 82’ Maya Hayes (Sam Kerr); ORL: 18’ Jasmyne Spencer (Camila)

Overview: Another tight match led to another tight finish for Sky Blue FC, with the heroics this time coming from Maya Hayes. The goal continued a fascinating streak for the Cardiac Blues who have now won two matches via game-winners in the 82nd minute and one in the 85th minute. In addition, the team’s 3-0 start at home is the best in franchise history. The Pride opened the scoring in the 18th minute, as Camila collected on top of the 18 before cutting a ball through two defenders. There awaiting the feed was forward Jasmyne Spencer, who found the far-side netting with her left foot. With the tally, Orlando found itself with an early 1-0 advantage. In the 43rd minute, Sky Blue FC found its equalizer. On the conversion, Rodriguez first dispossessed a player in the midfield to set up a Corboz run through the center of the Orlando defense. As the Pride back line began to collapse on her, Daphne Corboz split three defenders to find a streaking Sam Kerr, who one-touched the feed before striking it into the upper netting. The finish by Kerr tied the all-time club record at 13 goals (Nadia Nadim). Over the final minutes of this pairing, Sky Blue FC Kailen Sheridan did well on some difficult chances from the Pride attack, keeping the slate clean the rest of the way to give Sky Blue FC its third consecutive win at home.

Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly…
“It is very exciting to see the evolution of this club, particularly when it comes to the change of mindset when we are in a tough position. When you are faced with adversity, it brings out the best or worst in a person, and it shows their true colors. Tonight, we got to see how we respond when we are down 1-0 to a very talented team. We stepped up our performance, and we backed each other up in every area of the field. At no point did we lose the belief that we could win this game. As a head coach, that is something that makes me both very proud and very excited, especially when we can back it up with the ability we have throughout the entire field.”

What’s next:
Sky Blue FC (4-1-3, 13 pts.) will be back at home to face Allie Long and Portland Thorns FC. Game time is 7 p.m.