A long-distance relationship has been brewing in New Jersey since the last home game. Over the past seven weeks, fans have relied on FOX Soccer Channel, WPS Fancorner, and the social media sphere to deliver up-to-minute news about Sky who?...Sky Blue!
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As the family reassembled yesterday for the long-awaited game-8 against the Boston Breakers, the stands began to fill with clubhouse jersey's, game-time goodies and loud cheer. The crowd of nearly 3,500 roared when the ladies of Sky Blue FC took the field; the debut match at Yurcak Field clearly underway.
Home turf and a spitfire start galvanized spirits on the field and in the stands, when Natasha Kai scored her second goal of the season, just four minutes into the match. A great assist from midfielder Meghan Schnur, the left side was covered and Breakers keeper Kristin Luckenbill defeated.
“If it’s my job to come off the bench and be that player for the team, then that’s my job and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. I’m here for my girls – my team, my family. I’ll do whatever it takes to help them win and lift their spirits up,” said Kai.
Kelly Smith answered back for the Breakers with a quick, keen goal, eight minutes after the play. Sky Blue FC keeper Jenni Branum mishandled a toss in, setting Smith up for an easy score just two yards out, thus tying the match. Unfretted by the slipup, Branum showcased a series of impressive saves keeping Sky Blue FC fired up.
"We had a great game but I feel that we have more to give,” said Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone, “This team is still on the up and up,” she said.
From a Schnur pass, Kacey White flicked one from the inside of her right foot. In play, the ball blew over Luckenbill and just made it under the cross bar, earning Sky Blue FC the 2-1 lead in the 29th minute. Defenses armed after a hard played first half, Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breaker s remained impenetrable for the remainder of the game.
“Today was a great turnout with great weather,” said White, “…we are lucky in this area to have a lot of committed fans that come see us day in and day out,” she said.
Join Sky Who? Sky Blue! on Saturday, June 13th at 7 PM on Yurcak Field as they welcome back contenders the Los Angeles Sol.
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