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Sky Blue FC Ties Washington Spirit 3-3 in Road Game

by Dave Schatz | Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Katy Freels handles the ball during the match. (Image via SkyBlueFC.com)

Katy Freels handles the ball during the match. (Image via SkyBlueFC.com)

BOYDS, Md — Sky Blue FC and the Washington Spirit finished with a 3-3 draw Wednesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex with the Spirit netting a stoppage time penalty kick to equalize.

Rain preceding the game created a slick surface at the Soccerplex. The first half consisted of several missed scoring opportunities for both clubs and was fairly even except for the 39th minute Spirit goal by Robyn Gayle (assisted by Crystal Dunn) after breaking through two Sky Blue defenders to beat Sky Blue keeper Jill Loyden on the left post side (However, Loyden recorded four saves during the match).

Still searching for their second win of the year, Sky Blue came out of the locker room flying in the second half. Jonelle Filigno scored two minutes into the second half to tie up the game, tallying her first goal of the season (Filigno did not play at all in the first half, coming in at halftime).

A total of five goals were scored in the second half.

Sky Blue then took the lead in 52nd minute: Dunn committed a foul just outside the 18 yard box; Katy Freels sent the free kick toward the back post and it went through traffic untouched to beat Harris.

A counterattack gave Sky Blue its last goal in the 65th minute resulting in a deflection goal off Kelley O’Hara for her first National Women’s Soccer League career goal.

Washington continued pressing Sky Blue and scored again in the 74th minute, with a goal by midfielder Lori Lindsey. The final goal of the game — Spirit’s equalizer — took place in the second minute of added time when a handball was called on Sky Blue inside the 18 yard box awarding the Spirit a penalty kick which Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson successfully placed into the net. The score remained 3-3 until the end of the game.

Washington outshot New Jersey 16-15, and Sky Blue recorded 10 shots on goal while the Spirit recorded 7.

Sky Blue’s next match is on Saturday, May 24 on the road against the Portland Thorns FC. In their first meeting this season, the two clubs battled to a 1-1 draw at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. on April 19.

Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC May 21, 2014 – Maryland SoccerPlex

Scoring Summary:
1 2 F
Washington Spirit       1 2 3
Sky Blue FC                   0 3 3

WAS – Gayle (Dunn) 39′
SBFC – Filigno (O’Hara) 47′
SBFC – Freels 52′
SBFC – O’Hara (Rampone) 65′
WAS – Lindsey 74′
WAS – Matheson 92+ (PK)

Lineups:

WAS – Harris, Gayle, Huster, Krieger, Dunn; Perez (Angeli 75), Nairn (Cuellar 65), Averbuch, Lindsey, Matheson; Taylor

Substitutes Not Used: Jones, Sierra, Adams

SBFC – Loyden; Johnson, Goodson, Rampone, Levin; Nick, Freels, Schmidt; O’Hara, Ocampo (Cutshall 89), Hayes (Filigno 46)

Substitutes Not Used: Cameron, Thompson, Morris, Stanton

Misconduct Summary:
SBFC – Filigno 55 (yellow)

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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
About the Author

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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