Sky Blue FC (0-17-6, 6 points) returned to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Tuesday to play its second road match in three days, falling to the Chicago Red Stars (9-4-10, 37 points) at Toyota Park, 5-0.
The Red Stars opened the scoring in the 18th minute of play this evening. On that sequence, the ball was moved up the left flank before Sam Kerr placed a feed for Arin Gilliland just outside the 18. Gilliland then delivered service to the far post, where Alyssa Mautz was able to loft a header into the net. With the tally, Chicago took a 1-0 advantage.
The same score line remained when the two clubs broke for halftime, but Chicago increased its lead to a pair of goals in the 46th minute. Following a give-and-go with Yuki Nagasato in the midfield, Gilliland carried down the left side of the field before serving a cross for Mautz, who one-timed the feed to make it 2-0 in favor of the Red Stars.
In the 64th minute, the gap was stretched to 3-0 after Brooke Elby delivered a well-placed ball into the area that found Sam Kerr, who headed a powerful shot on target. Sky Blue FC netminder Kailen Sheridan was able to get a hand on the strike, but it is a bit too heavy to manage.
The hosts increased the deficit to 4-0 in the 80th minute, with Gilliland again starting the scoring sequence with service from the flank. After whipping in a ball towards the box, Kerr chested it down for Rosie White as she ran into the area. White then one-timed a left-footed finish to give her team a fourth goal of the night.
The final score of this contest came in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time, as Michele Vasconcelos sprung herself on a run by playing a give-and-go with White. After taking a quick touch of the pass from White, Vasconcelos slotted a ball into the back of the net to hang a 5-0 result.
Sky Blue FC will now return home to Yurcak Field for its 2018 season finale this Saturday, September 8, hosting the Orlando Pride for a noon kickoff. Tickets for that game are available online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). The first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a Carli Lloyd bobblehead, courtesy of Brielle Orthopedics.
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NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Date: September 4, 2018
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Weather: 87 degrees, sunny
NJ: 0 | 0 – 0
CHI: 1 | 4 – 5
18 CHI Alyssa Mautz (Arin Gilliland)
46 CHI Alyssa Mautz (Arin Gilliland)
64 CHI Sam Kerr (Brooke Elby)
80 CHI Rosie White (Sam Kerr)
90+7 CHI Michele Vansconcelos (Rosie White)
NJ: Sheridan, Frisbie, Richardson, Freeman (Pierre-Louis-78), Skroski, Gibbons, Killion, Rodriguez, Tiernan (Hoy-46), Meehan (Bona-66), Groom
Subs not used: Casey, Cuevas, Driesse
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
CHI: Boyd, Gilliland, Naughton, Gorden, Elby, Stanton, Colaprico, DiBernardo (Vasconcelos-74), Mautz, Nagasato (White-79), Kerr (Yenney-84)
Subs Not Used: Torrero, Boyles, Goralski, Eigenberger
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Stats Summary: CHI / NJ
Shots: 25 / 4
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 4 / 3
Referee: Ismir Pekmic
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Blas
Assistant Referee 2: Trent Vanhaitsma
Fourth Official: Joshua Kelley