PISCATAWAY, N.J. (JUNE 22, 2014) – Sky Blue FC (2-6-6) wasn’t able to net the game winner as the club battled to a 1-1 draw against the Boston Breakers (3-9-1) at Yurcak Field on Sunday afternoon.
Sky Blue FC came out strong, scoring in the second minute of play. Defender Christie Rampone played a ball up the right side to defender Caitlin Foord. Foord made her way past several Boston defenders until reaching the box. Foord then sent a ball across the box past Boston goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to teammate Kelley O’Hara, who one-timed a low shot in the net.
The New Jersey club had several other scoring opportunities to extend its lead, but Boston would equalize in the 32nd minute of action. Breakers midfielder Kristie Mewis received a pass in the in the middle of the field and played a long ball over the top to forward Jasmine Reeves. After a touch forward, Reeves flicked the ball to the far right corner off the outside of her foot past SBFC keeper Jillian Loyden.
The score remained 1-1 at halftime with Sky Blue FC having a 12-3 shot advantage.
“We played a really good first half,” said Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra. “We probably should have had three, four, five, six, seven goals in the first half hour but as is usually the case for us this year we didn’t take care of our chances.”
As the game continued into the second half the pace also started to slow down. SBFC had many chances to take the lead during the second frame, but Naeher had an answer to every chance. In the 81st minute, Sky Blue FC forward Maya Hayes teed up Katy Freels at the top of the 18-yard box for the best chance of the match, but Naeher robbed her with a diving save to her left.
In the 86th minute, a Boston handball in the box off a free kick led to a penalty kick for Sky Blue FC. Freels attempted a shot to Naeher’s right, and once again the Boston goalkeeper kept the NJ club at bay to lead the game to a 1-1 draw.
“We kept good possession but it’s frustrating not to win after how well we played and how much we had the ball,” said Rampone. “I like the way we kept the ball, but I think our tempo needs to be a little quicker heading into Portland and Seattle.”
SBFC outshot the Breakers 22-4 and had a 6-2 advantage in corners. Loyden recorded one save in the game while Naeher made eight.
Sky Blue FC’s next match is on Wednesday, June 25, when the NJ squad travels to Portland to take on the Thorns for the final time this season. The game kicks off at 10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the NWSL YouTube channel.
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Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers
June 22, 2014 – Yurcak Field
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SBFC – O’Hara (Foord) 2’
BOS – Reeves 32’
SBFC – Loyden; Johnson, Cutshall, Rampone, Foord; Kiryu (Stanton 46), Schmidt, Freels, Levin (Hayes 74); O’Hara, Ocampo (Filigno 84)
Substitutes Not Used: Cameron, Goodson, Thompson, Morris
BOS – Naeher; Whitehill, King, Sierra; O’Reilly, Pathman, Mewis (Avant 85), Sanderson, Stewart; Reeves (Ezurike 77), Washington (Evans)
Substitutes Not Used: Grove, Kranich, Lohman, Schoepfer
SBFC – Levin 48 (Yellow)
SBFC – Schmidt 53 (Yellow)
SBFC – Stanton 65 (Yellow)
BOS – Evans 85 (Yellow)
Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Alexander Luttmann
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky