Tasha Kai marked her return to professional soccer with with a goal at the 15 minute mark to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Seattle, the defending NWSL Shield winners, tied the game at 1 in the 52nd minute when Merritt Mathias found the back of the net.
The game winning goal was set up by Sky Blue midfielder Taylor Lytle who while along the far side of the Seattle penalty area chipped the ball over onrushing netminder Hope Solo. Conheeney then took the chip and buried it into the back of the net.
“Obviously, we are very happy with this result,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We came in with a game plan, and we executed parts of it. However, we know we can be better. The main thing we want to walk away from this game with is knowing that this is just the first step in a very long journey. We will get back to work this week and focus on some of the things that we did not do so well as we shift our intentions to Washington.”
Sky Blue FC started six players who had never logged an NWSL minute before tonight, although one would never know that based off their performances (Caroline Casey, Kelly Conheeney, Tasha Kai, Raquel Rodriguez, Erin Simon, Erica Skroski). Casey had an incredible showing in goal for Sky Blue FC, recording seven saves in the encounter.
“All credit must go to our players,” Holly concluded. “They bought in and followed the plan, and we are extremely proud of them. We cannot wait to get back home to New Jersey to play in front of our home fans this coming Sunday.”