Sky Blue FC Announces 2019 Team Awards

Howell, N.J. (October 21, 2019) – Sky Blue FC announced team end of season awards today as voted on by their teammates and coaches. Awards were given in several categories including Newcomer of the Year, Defender of the Year, Unsung Hero, Player’s Player, MVP and True Grit.
Paige Monaghan has been named the Newcomer of the Year after a successful rookie season. Monaghan started in 20 games out of the 23 she appeared in, recording 1,759 minutes for her first season in the NWSL. Monaghan scored her first two career goals on August 14 against the Chicago Red Stars for a 2-1 win and earned NWSL Week 18 Player of the Week for her heroics. Monaghan also recorded an assist in the 2-1 win over Chicago on July 7. 

Erica Skroski has been named the Defender of the Year. Skroski started on the backline in all 24 games this season. Skroski led the team with 85 clearances, 46 interceptions, and 20 blocks. Additionally, she was in the top five for clearances, interceptions, blocks in the NWSL. 

Team captain Sarah Killion was voted the Unsung Hero of the Year. Killion was the only player on Sky Blue FC to start and play in every minute of the 24 games. Killion was the important link in the midfield, distributing 1,106 passes with a high pass success rate of 82.7% and had the most chances created with 35. Killion also converted a penalty kick for her only goal of the season as well as notched three assists. 

Sky Blue FC voted Carli Lloyd as the Most Valuable Player and Player’s Player of the Year. Starting and playing the full 90 minutes in 14 games, Lloyd led the attack with eight goals, and one assist this season. Lloyd finished the season off in top goalscoring form scoring six goals over the last six games played, with game winning goals against the Houston Dash on August 25 and Reign FC on September 22.  

The True Grit Award goes to the player who best embodies what it means to be a Sky Blue FC player. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan is this year’s True Grit Award winner. Sheridan had a standout year in goal with 86 saves and 3 shutouts in 19 games played. Sheridan finished the season with a 77% save percentage and had 20 big chances saved. Sheridan shared the league lead in total saves and save percentage with Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. Sheridan’s top-notch shot stopping ability was recognized across the league as she was named to the NWSL Team of the Month in April and July. Sheridan also has won NWSL Save of the Week three times during the 2019 season. 

The NWSL officially announced the list of 2019 NWSL awards on October 17 with Kailen Sheridan listed as a finalist for the 2019 Goalkeeper of the Year. The first round of voting is open to the fans until October 22. Click here to vote for Sheridan.