Chicago Red Stars 2
Sky Blue FC 1
Goals: SBFC: 3’ Madison Tiernan (assist Taylor Lytle); CHI: 63’ Vanessa DiBernardo, 67’ Sofia Huerta (assist Casey Short)
Overview: A week after Raquel Rodriguez set an NWSL record by scoring 24 seconds into Sky Blue’s 3-1 road win over Portland Thorns, the Blues found another early goal. The scoring sequence started in the 3rd minute when Sam Kerr played McKenzie Meehan into the penalty area, and Meehan battled to earn a Sky Blue FC corner kick. Midfielder Taylor Lytle sent a cross into the box on the ensuing corner, where Tiernan aggressively went high to redirect a tough header into the back of the net. The goal was the first in the professional career of the New Jersey native. Throughout the first half, Sky Blue maintained its one-goal advantage despite increased pressure from Chicago. In the 63rd minute, the Red Stars would break through. Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo worked her way into space just atop the 18-yard box before striking a hard shot that leveled the match at one apiece. Four minutes later, Chicago would take the lead after defender Casey Short was able to go on a run before dishing to Sofia Huerta inside the penalty area. After gathering the ball, Huerta turned on a shot that split two defenders and made it 2-1.
Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly…
“We are very disappointed in the outcome of this game. We played fairly well in the first half and created multiple opportunities, but we made too many poor decisions on the ball in the second half. This was not a performance that matches our ability. Now we just have to put it behind us and make sure we give our fans in New Jersey something to cheer about on Wednesday night.”
It’s a short week for Sky Blue, who return home to face the Orlando Pride this Wednesday at 7 p.m.
— NWSL (@NWSL) June 26, 2017