Sky Blue Stays Perfect at Home

Samantha Kerr, Maya Hayes, Mckenzie Meehan, Raquel Rodriguez

By EoS Staff

sky blue logoSky Blue (4-3-1, 13 points) remained unbeaten at home when Maya Hayes scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride (2-3-2, 8). Sky Blue has won all three of its home games in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season.

The goal by Hayes, in the 82nd minute, comes on the heels of two other late victories at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway via game-winners twice in the 82nd minute and once in the 85th minute. The unbeaten start to the home season is the best in club history.

“It is very exciting to see the evolution of this club, particularly when it comes to the change of mindset when we are in a tough position,” Sky Blue Coach Christy Holly said. “When you are faced with adversity, it brings out the best or worst in a person, and it shows their true colors.

Tonight, we got to see how we respond when we are down 1-0 to a very talented team. We stepped up our performance, and we backed each other up in every area of the field. At no point did we lose the belief that we could win this game. As a head coach, that is something that makes me both very proud and very excited, especially when we can back it up with the ability we have throughout the entire field.”

Camila gave the Pride a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 18th minute. Sky Blue drew even with two minutes left in the first half when the Costa Rica international Raquel Rodriguez won the ball in midfield and slipped a pass to Daphne Corboz. Corboz split three defenders and put a pass into the path of Sam Kerr who scored into the upper corner. It was Kerr’s 13th career goal for the club, tying her with Nadia Nadim for the Sky Blue record.

The game-winning goal started with a goal kick by Sky Blue’s Kailen Sheridan that Kerr headed into the path of Hayes. Hayes collected the pass and streaked into the Orlando penalty area before burying her shot for the victory.

The match completed a stretch of three games in the past week for Sky Blue, which is tied (on points) with Chicago for second place in the standings, two points behind North Carolina.