SBFC Abroad: Sky Blue’s Loaned Players All Appear in Weekend Matches

By: Emily Mendes

Sky Blue’s Evelyne Viens, Kaleigh Riehl, Elizabeth Eddy, and Nahomi Kawasumi all made appearances for their loaned clubs this past weekend. Viens tallied two assists, and Riehl played the full 90 in Paris FC’s win against Stade de Reims. Eddy returned to the defensive line for Vittsjö GIK while Kawasumi came off the bench in the final minutes of INAC Kobe Leonessa’s victory over Cerezo Osaka Sakai.

Viens, Riehl, and Paris FC faced Stade de Reims in the Division 1 Feminine on Saturday, October 31. Riehl started at center back and played the full 90 anchoring Paris FC’s defensive line. Viens returned to the starting lineup at striker and made an immediate impact with an assist in the 16th minute. Stade de Reims then capitalized off a penalty kick in the 34th minute to level the score 1-1. Paris FC responded six minutes later with a goal in the 40th minute to put the club up 2-1 heading into halftime. Shortly into the second half, Viens tallied another assist in the 57th minute to give Paris FC a comfortable 3-1 lead before being subbed out in the 66th minute. The assists were the first two of Viens’ professional career. Paris FC now sits in 5th place in France’s Division 1 Feminine.

On Sunday, November 1, Eddy and Vittsjö GIK took on Kristianstads in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. The odds were in Kristianstads’ favor as they entered the match in the 3rd place spot on the table. After starting at right forward in last weekend’s match, Eddy returned to left back and faced a strong Kristianstads offensive line. Krisitanstads scored early in the 2nd and 16th minutes and entered halftime up 2-0. Kristianstads notched two more goals in 46th and 66th minutes to solidify their lead. The match ended 4-0 in favor of Kristianstads, with Eddy playing a total of 76 minutes. Despite the loss, Vittsjö GIK remains in 5th place on the leaderboard and sits just two points above their next opponent in the Damallsvenskan.

Kawasumi and INAC Kobe Leonessa defeated Cerezo Osaka Sakai on Sunday, November 1. INAC Kobe Leonessa sat in 2nd place in the Nadeshiko League heading into the match. INAC Kobe Leonessa opened the scoring early in the match with a goal in the 7th minute. A second goal in the 33rd minute gave Kawasumi’s side a 2-0 lead at the half. INAC Kobe Leonessa showed no signs of settling as they headed into the second 45. They found the back of the net for the third time this match in the 57th minute. Cerezo Osaka Sakai responded with the final goal of the match ten minutes later in the 67th minute. Kawasumi took to the pitch at left midfield in the 90th minute to help close out INAC Kobe Leonessa’s 3-1 victory. The win keeps the club at 2nd place in the standings with 29 points.

Kawasumi and INAC Kobe Leonessa will next face Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara this Friday, November 6, at 11:00 p.m. ET. Eddy and Vittsjö GIK will look to bounce back against KIF Obrero this Saturday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Finally, Viens, Riehl, and Paris FC will return to action the following Saturday, November 14, at 8:30 a.m. as they take on EA Guingamp.

SBFC Abroad Tracker

PlayerTeam Last GameMinutes PlayedNext Game
Evelyne ViensParis FC3-1 win vs. Stade de Reims6611/14 vs. EA Guingamp
Kaleigh RiehlParis FC3-1 win vs. Stade de Reims9011/14 vs. EA Guingamp
Elizabeth EddyVittsjö GIK4-0 loss vs. Kristianstads7611/7 vs. KIF Obrero
Nahomi KawasumiINAC Kobe Leonessa3-1 win vs. Cerezo Osaka Sakai3+11/6 vs. Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara