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Sky Blue FC Midfielder Taylor Lytle Out For Rest of Season

by Dave Schatz | Posted on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Suffers left tibia fracture and lateral meniscus tear during match against the Western NY Flash last Sunday

Sky Blue FC midfielder Taylor Lytle is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a tibia fracture and lateral meniscus tear in her left leg on May 11; she underwent surgery on Thursday and will likely be out 4-6 months.

“We all feel terrible for Taylor,” Sky Blue FC coach Jim Gabarra said. “She was one of our most important players and performing very well. We trust she is getting the best care and will be back on the field next season.”

During the match last Sunday at Sahlen Stadium in Rochester, New York, Lytle collided hard with Flash forward Sonia Bermudez in the 59th minute of play. She was immediately carried off the field by athletic trainers and didn’t return to the pitch.

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Taylor Lytle (center) defends Breakers’ Lisa de Vanna                      Photo Credit: Mike Gridley

 

“Unfortunately injuries happen,” Lytle said. “I wish it hadn’t happened because I was playing good soccer and I wanted to help out my team as much as possible, but I’m dealing with it.”

According to a Sky Blue News Release: “Lytle underwent surgery yesterday at Toms River Surgery Center and has chosen to stay in New Jersey with the team as she begins her road to recovery, which is estimated to take 4-6 months.”

Lytle, 25, is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and played for Texas Tech, where she served as captain in 2010 and 2011. Sky Blue acquired her as a discovery player for last year’s inaugural National Women’s Soccer League season, and this season she has started in five of Sky Blue’s seven matches for a total of 481 minutes.

Lytle has one assist this season; during the match against Boston at Harvard Stadium on April 27th, she set up forward Monica Ocampo, who scored her first goal of the season.

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“I’m ready to take on my recovery and come back stronger,” Lytle said. “Right now, my mindset is on rehab, to get stronger and to be there for my teammates on and off the field for the remainder of the season.”

 

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Dave has a degree in business from Boston University where he graduated from the School of Management. He studies journalism on his own and writes about sports whenever time permits. Dave covers: ultra-running, trail running, road racing, tennis, swimming, professional billiards, and Sky Blue FC -- NJ's only National Women's Professional Soccer League Team, for DoubleGSports. dschatz5@gmail.com -Dave will be covering a few events at the New Jersey Special Olympics in June, 2014
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Dave has a degree in business from Boston University where he graduated from the School of Management. He studies journalism on his own and writes about sports whenever time permits. Dave covers: ultra-running, trail running, road racing, tennis, swimming, professional billiards, and Sky Blue FC -- NJ's only National Women's Professional Soccer League Team, for DoubleGSports. dschatz5@gmail.com -Dave will be covering a few events at the New Jersey Special Olympics in June, 2014

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