Sky Blue FC recorded their third straight and league leading fourth shutout of the season as they defeated the Seattle Reign FC 3-0 on Sunday night.
Sky Blue FC got on the board early (9th minute) as Lisa De Vanna received a pass from fellow Australian National Teamer Caitlin Foord and put the ball past Reign FC’s keeper Haley Kopemeyer who was seeing her first action of the season.
The match remained 1-0 in favor of Sky Blue FC until the 62nd minute when Reign FC’s Jenny Ruiz picked up her second yellow of the match which resulted in both the first red card in NWSL history and a penalty kick for Sky Blue FC. This time Kopemeyer got the better of De Vanna and as she made a diving save to deny the forward her second goal of the match.
Even though the save seemed to give some extra energy to the Reign who were looking for their first win of the season, playing with 10 players for the final third of the match got the best of them.
In the 79th minute, SBFC’s Kelley O’Hara earned a free kick from about 20 yards away from the net. Sophie Schmidt took the kick and curled the ball around the wall and into the net. All that Kopemeyer could do was watch the ball go by.
The hero of Sky Blue FC’s win against Portland on Thursday, Taylor Lytle, got on the board once again, this time sending a lobbing strike into goal in the 87th minute to give Sky Blue FC a 3-0 lead and ultimately the win.
“Taylor can come in and play a couple of different positions,” ky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra remarked after the match. “She took advantage of her chance down in Portland and then played well again tonight. She’s one of those players who can come in and help the team in a variety of ways, such as pressuring the ball and finding herself in good positions. She is definitely doing her job, and she is making it hard on us to keep her out of the starting lineup.”
NOTE: Sky Blue FC’s Brittany Bock entered the match in the 61st minute, her first action since breaking her ribs during the team’s 1-1 draw to Washington on April 20th. She quickly received a yellow card in the 66th minute before exiting the match in the 70th due to injury. The team announced via Twitter today that Bock broke her left arm.
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The Seattle Reign’s hesitancy on the ball prevented them from threatening Sky Blue’s early lead. Seattle’s aggressive play left them at a disadvantage as their defender was ejected from the game in the 61st minute providing SBFC with an opportunity to extend their lead.
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“It was a difficult game with the quick turnaround and playing against a team that is working hard for its first win,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra stated. “We started out pretty well and got a fairly early goal. We probably could have added a couple more in the first half, but we left them in the game. In the end, it was a good win even though the score line was a little overstated because Seattle played really hard and created some chances. Overall, I’m just glad to get out of here with the win and another clean slate.”