Sky Blue activates England’s Leah Galton

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by TOM SLATER

Leah Galton might not be the immediate answer to the offensive doldrums that Sky Blue FC finds themselves in during the first month plus of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.

But she can’t hurt.

Galton was activated by Sky Blue (2-2-1, 7 point) and will be ready to see action this weekend when Sky Blue FC looks to avenge a loss from two weeks ago against the Western New York Flash (2-3-0, 6 points).

In addition, Sky Blue FC has placed forward Danielle Schulmann on the 45-day disabled list after she suffered a right thigh strain during training last week.

Galton, 21, joins Sky Blue FC after finishing up her college education this past weekend at Hofstra University. Sky Blue FC made her the number 13 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft in January.

While Sky Blue is at .500, they have only scored two goals in a game once — that being a 2-1 win over Seattle on opening night. Maya Hayes has  two goals and no one else has more than one. In last week’s 1-0 win over Boston, the game-winner was an own goal on a defection of a Kelley O’Hara shot.

The 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist registered 122 points while at Hofstra, a program record. Her 48 goals were second most in school history, and the 26 assists on her college resume are tied for most ever in the Pride record books. A native of Harrogate, England, Galton earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year accolades for the past three consecutive years, the only player in CAA history to do so.

Prior to her injury, Schulmann played in three matches for Sky Blue FC, registering 42 minutes of action and one shot on goal.  The Saddle River native was originally acquired by Sky Blue FC by coming through the team’s open tryouts in March. She was one of three trialists who were in the opening day starting 11 in a 2-1 win over Seattle

Sky Blue FC is now on the road for its next two contests, beginning against the Western New York Flash at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester Saturday night.  Sky Blue is unbeaten in its last five road matches.

  • redjet23

    Go Hofstra! Hope she can bag some goals and make an impact.