Kerr’s Last Chance for Record in Season Finale

Piscataway, NJ - Saturday August 26, 2017: Megan Oyster, Samantha Kerr during a regular season National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) match between Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers at Yurcak Field.

Sky Blue logoThere’s only one reason to watch Sky Blue play the Boston Breakers on Saturday night in the season-ending contest for both teams at Jordan Field in Boston.

And that’s for a chance to see a record-breaking performance with one more goal by Sam Kerr.

Sky Blue’s Kerr needs a goal to own the National Women’s Soccer League record for goals scored. Kerr, who has had nothing less than a sensational year for both club and country (Australia), is stuck on 16 goals — even with the former Seattle Reign midfielder Kim Little.

Kerr hasn’t scored in the last three games — her second-longest scoreless streak of the season. Kerr didn’t score in Sky Blue’s first four games of the year. In between the second and third NWSL games, Kerr scored three international goals against Brazil in a pair of friendlies.

Kerr’s best chance came three weeks ago when she had eight shots in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit.  Goalkeeper DiDi Haracic was outstanding that night with seven saves — three on one-on-one situations with Kerr.

Kerr has had scoring sprees — a 12-minute hat trick against FC Kansas City, a four-goal performance to erase a 4-0 lead against Seattle.

Sky Blue (9-11-3, 30 points) can move up to fifth place if Seattle loses to Washington. A win would give the club 10 wins for the first time since 2013.

Boston and Sky Blue have split 1-0 victories at home this year. The Breakers won on April 23 on a Natasha Dowie goal. Kerr had the game winner two weeks ago at Yurcak Field, the last time she scored.

Led by Kerr, Sky Blue has been entertaining at times and frustrating at others. This has been a rollercoaster both on and off the field. At times, they’ve been as high as second place in the standings,  in contention until an Aug. 26 loss to Washington. Off the field, they’ve seen Coach Christy Holly let go on Aug. 12, followed two days later by the announcement that the veteran defender and captain Christie Pearce would sit out the rest of the season with “cumulative injuries.”