Lloyd scores her sixth goal of the season & Kawasumi notches her first assist with Sky Blue FC
Tacoma, Washington (September 21, 2019) – Sky Blue FC (5-13-4, 19 points) battled for the 1-0 win over Reign FC on the road in Tacoma, Washington at Cheney Stadium. Carli Lloyd scored her sixth goal of the season in the 77th minute to lift Sky Blue to victory.
The first half kicked off with Reign FC pressuring high and Sky Blue FC sitting back and waiting for their moment to counter. The Reign had two opportunities in the 3rd and 6th minute but both shots were sent over the crossbar. The best chance for Reign was stopped by Estelle Johnson in the 8th minute as Midfielder Beverly Yanez’s shot was blocked in the six-yard box.
Sky Blue’s first opportunity on goal came in the 10th minute from the feet of Caprice Dydasco. Dydasco received a pass on the right flank, cut back inside the 18-yard box past defender Steph Catley, and ripped a shot just wide of the right post.
Forward Megan Rapinoe’s speed was nothing Erica Skroski couldn’t handle in the 24th minute. Rapinoe collected a long ball on the left side and went full speed to goal but just as she ripped a shot, Skroski blocked it with a slide.
Kailen Sheridan wasn’t tested until the 31stminute as a deflected shot came her way. Reign Forward Darian Jenkins sent a cross in that hit off ofImani Dorsey’sleg and sent the ball at goal, but Sheridan was able to collect the deflection.
Sky Blue had great ball movement that lead up to a chance on goal in the 34th minute. Sarah Killion sent a pass up the middle to Jen Hoy who quickly played it forward to Paige Monaghan making a run on the left side of the 18-yard box. Monaghan sped past defender Lauren Barnes and ripped her shot just wide of the left post.
Midfielder Allie Long had a chance in the 42nd minute but was denied by Sheridan. Minutes later in stoppage time, Sheridan denied Jenkins as she kicked saved a low shot to end the first half.
In the 52nd minute, Reign almost found themselves up one. Rapinoe slipped a ball past two defenders to find Balcer open in the box, whose shot was saved by Sheridan but spilled to the feet of Yanez. With a quick kick on the ball, Yanez sent the deflection wide of the post.
Sheridan came up big in the 72nd minute denying Balcer a goal. Rapinoe sent a throw-in to Balcer, who chased it down and sent a curling shot towards the upper right-hand corner. Sheridan, tracking the ball the whole way, went full diving stretch to tip it over the crossbar.
After a few more minutes of pressure from the Reign, Carli Lloyd put Sky Blue on top 1-0 in the 77th minute. Raquel Rodriguez started the play as she found the open Nahomi Kawasumi running down the left sideline. With no one closing Kawasumi down, she threaded a pass through three Reign players to Lloyd. Casey Murphy came off her line to close down Lloyd, but the well-timed shot hit with the outside of her right foot found its way to the back of the net.
Reign had two more chances from Balcer to even the scoreline in the 82nd minute and in stoppage time but both shots went over the crossbar.
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NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. Reign FC
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Washington
Kickoff: 10:00 p.m. ET
Weather: High 60s, Mostly Cloudy
1 2 F
NJ 0 1 1
RFC 0 0 0
NJ – Carli Lloyd (N. Kawasumi) – 77’
NJ: 1-Kailen Sheridan, 28-Imani Dorsey, 24-Estelle Johnson, 8-Erica Skroski, 3-Caprice Dydasco, 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 16-Sarah Killion (c),10-Carli Lloyd, 19-Elizabeth Eddy, 4-Paige Monaghan, 7-Jen Hoy (9-Nahomi Kawasumi, 62’)
Subs not used: 13-Didi Haracic, 5-Julie Doyle, 12-Gina Lewandowski, 14-KenieWright, 17-Domi Richardson, 29-Amandine Pierre-Louis
Interim Head Coach: Freya Coombe
RFC: 26-Casey Murphy, 7-Steph Catley, 3-Lauren Barnes, 5-Rebecca Quinn, 8-Theresa Nielsen (9-Jodie Taylor, 83’), 31-Rosie White (19-Kristen McNabb, 66’), 6-Allie Long, 17-Beverly Yanez, 15-Megan Rapinoe (c), 24-Bethany Balcer, 11-Darian Jenkins (25-Ifeoma Onumonu, 85’)
Subs not used:1-Lydia Williams, 33-Stephanie Cox, 20-Rumi Utsugi, 13-Celia Jimenez Delgado,
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
Stats Summary: NJ / RFC
Possession: 42.1% / 57.9%
Shots: 16 / 23
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 13
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 1 / 1
NJ: Imani Dorsey (Yellow Card, 43’)
NJ: Carli Lloyd (Yellow Card, 50’)
Referee: Rosendo Mendoza
Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez
Fourth Official: Sya Magee