Sky Blue Falls A Goal Short Against Washington

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A sellout crowd of 5,003 welcomed home World Cup champion Carli Lloyd, but she and her Sky Blue FC teammates fell to the Washington Spirit 1-0 at Yurcak Field. 

The game’s lone goal came in the 53rd minute from Spirit forward Ashley Hatch.

Washington controlled the pace of play during the first half and went to the locker room with 64% of possession. The Spirit’s first opportunity came just two minutes in as midfielder Jordan DiBiasi attempted to put a deflection on frame but was blocked by Sky Blue defender Estelle Johnson. The deflection fell to forward Rose Lavelle, who skied the shot over the crossbar.

Washington had another chance in the 6th minute when Forward Ashley Hatch played in Lavelle on the left side of the box, who cut back and ripped a shot only to be blocked by Johnson. The deflection fell to Hatch, who fired off a shot and was blocked by defender Erica Skroski.

Sky Blue’s first chance on goal came in the 14th minute from the buildup started by Lloyd. She ran down the left side of the field, cut back to her right, and sent a cross over to Raquel Rodriguez at the top of the box. With space running at her defender, Rodriguez cut left and fired a shot off just over the crossbar.

Kailen Sheridan was called into action in the 21st minute after Spirit forward Mallory Pugh lofted a ball over the backline towards the far-left post where Lavelle was making a run. With a tight angle, Lavelle sent the shot in but what kicked saved by Sheridan.

In the 26th minute, Sky Blue’s Johnson was able to cut off a pass and send it upfield to Rodriguez on the right flank, who sent in a low cross towards goal but was cleared out by Spirit defender Paige Nielsen.

The second half of play had very few chances on goal for Sky Blue, with the Spirit holding 64% possession. 

Sky Blue FC will be on the road for their next three games as they face the Houston Dash in Houston on Sunday, July 28, at 7 p.m. ET, then travel to Portland to play the Thorns on Saturday, August 3, at 11 p.m. ET, and finish off in Utah on Wednesday, August 7, at 10 p.m. ET.