Following two consecutive draws, Sky Blue FC came up a goal short Saturday at home vs. the Washington Spirit, losing 3-2 at Yurcak Field.
The Spirit opened up the scoring in the 22nd minute. After Sky Blue keeper Didi Haracic saved the initial shot from Cheyna Matthews inside the box, Matthews collected the rebound and scored her first of the 2019 season to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Following the goal, Sky Blue responded well and kept the pressure on the visitors. That pressure would pay off in the 32nd minute. Raquel Rodriguez was able to capitalize on a slip pass from Savannah McCaskill to tie the game at 1.
With the score remaining level as the teams returned for the second half, Washington would retake the lead in the 55th minute. A Spirit counter attack off of a Sky Blue free-kick ended with Jordan DiBiasi scoring her first NWSL goal off an assist by Amy Harrison.
Matthews scored her second of the game — and what would prove to be the game-winner — 12 minutes later off a well-placed pass from teammate Cali Farquharson.
Sky Blue would cut the lead to 1 in the 80th minute. A cross from substitute Amandine Pierre-Louis would find Imani Dorsey, whose header would give the home side an opportunity to take points from the match. But Sky Blue was unable to find the equalizer.
“After it was 1-1, I think we had them, I think we started to high press them and have opportunity after opportunity,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue’s head coach. “It’s there for us, and we knew that to be on the front foot and attacking we are susceptible to transition, so we have to do a really good job to set and stop or take a tactical foul. We gave up a few transition situations but it’s a risk-reward for us and we didn’t capitalize on the rewards side today.”
Sky Blue FC will travel to the west coast to face Reign FC in Tacoma, Wash., at 4 p.m. ET on May 18th. The team returns home on Memorial Day weekend to take on Portland Thorns FC on May 25th at 6 p.m.