Piscataway, N.J. (Saturday, May 3, 2014) – Sky Blue FC (1-2-2, 5 Points) welcomed the Boston Breakers (1-3-0, 3 Points) into Yurcak Field on Saturday night, defeating the visitors by a final result of 1-0. The lone goal of the evening came off the foot of Mexican striker Monica Ocampo, who finished a feed from defender Kelley O’Hara in the 14th minute.
“I think we gutted this one out and found a little bit of a different attitude,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra said of the win. “Up until now, were still just getting used to how we wanted to play, in terms of what our shape is and what our roles are. Tonight, we played as if we had to win, no matter what. Every game is going to be different, but I thought that, defensively, we did a good job of handling their attack and speed up front. I’d like to see us finish a few more of our chances, but that is going to come as long as we keep bringing the same effort as we did tonight.”
On the scoring play in the 14th minute, O’Hara received distribution after running up the left flank on the offensive end. As soon as the ball arrived at her feet, she serviced it back into the penalty area, where a streaking Ocampo was there to fire a left-footed rope just past the outstretched arms of Boston netminder Alyssa Naeher. With the tally, Sky Blue FC found itself with an early 1-0 lead in front of the hometown fans.
After that opening notch, a rather frantic pace ensued over the remainder of the first half. The Breakers were looking to make best use of the through-ball on the offensive end, but the Sky Blue FC defense did a nice job of recollecting itself when the attempts were hit into space. Goalkeeper Brittany Cameron also showed nice athleticism in keeping the slate clean for her team. The host side did create some more opportunities on the other end of the field, with Ocampo regularly on the receiving end of some near offensive success.
Despite of the aggressive efforts of both teams, the Ocampo strike in the 14th minute remained the difference when the whistle was blown for intermission, and Sky Blue FC took a 1-0 edge into the locker rooms at the break.
In the second half of play, Sky Blue FC mounted some good attacking chances on the offensive end of the field. The home side really began to find its groove through the midfield and into the dangerous area, and the attacking efforts kept the Boston defense peeling back to counter those opportunities. At the start of many of those chances was midfielder Taylor Lytle, who was able to steal the ball on multiple possessions and use her speed to quickly turn and run into the space in front of her. She distributed equally once arriving on the offensive end of the field, but the home squad was unable to extend its advantage.
In the 89th minute of the match, the lone booking of the game occurred after an aggressive takedown by Breakers striker Lisa De Vanna led to a conference with the official. An exchange between the two led to a straight red card for the Australian forward.
When the final whistle was blown to conclude this contest, the 14th minute tally from Ocampo remained the lone goal of the evening. With 90 minutes of play in the books, Sky Blue FC saw itself with its first victory of the season, thanks in great part to the performance of Cameron in net.
“I was just trying to help give my team a chance to win,” she remarked. “They have good speed up top, so I figured if I stayed a step higher, I could relieve some of the pressure for the defense and help the team win. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Next up for Sky Blue FC is another home match at Yurcak Field this Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., hosting the Chicago Red Stars. To purchase tickets for that encounter, visit tickets.skybluefc.com or call 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849) today.
Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC
May 3, 2014 – Yurcak Field
Boston Breakers 0 0 0
Sky Blue FC 1 0 1
BOS – Starting XI: Naeher, Avant (Jones-69), King, Stewart (Evans-46), Whitehill, Grove, Lohman, O’Reilly, Sanderson, DeVanna, Pathman (D’Agostino-58)
Substitutes: Kranich, Reeves, Schoepfer
SBFC – Starting XI: Cameron, Goodson, Rampone (C), Foord, O’Hara, Schmidt, Lytle, Nick, Filigno (Johnson-53), Kiryu, Ocampo (Hayes-68)
Substitutes: Loyden, Freels, Hayes, Levin, Thompson, Morris
89 – L. De Vanna (Boston): Red Card