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Sky Blue FC Travels to Beantown Seeking First Win of the Season

by Dave Schatz | Posted on Saturday, April 26th, 2014
(Photo by Juan Martinez / DoubleGSports)

(Photo by Juan Martinez / DoubleGSports)

Sky Blue FC (0-0-2, 2 pts) will travel up to Boston for an away match against the Boston Breakers (0-2-0, 0 pts) on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. ET at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass.

Sky Blue FC is hoping to win its first match of the season after finishing with draws in both of its first two games (one was away, and the other was at home).

On April 19 Sky Blue tied the Portland Thorns FC (1-0-1, 4 pts) in a home game at Yurcak Field. Defender Christie Rampone scored her first professional club goal (in her career) giving Sky Blue FC an early lead over the Thorns. A Portland penalty kick by midfielder Allie Long late in the game equalized the score; and it stayed tied until the end of regulation. Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jill Loyden recorded three saves in the contest. She helped New Jersey earn another point for the draw.

“We played two of the toughest team’s right out of the gate,” Loyden said. “I think we have some confidence knowing we are good enough.”

Boston is also playing for its first win of the season. After falling to the Houston Dash by means of a late game penalty kick on April 20, the Breakers are the only team in the league without a point.

“It is going to be another challenge for us in the back,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra said. “They [Boston] have a lot of attacking pieces that have good pace and we must be prepared to play on a turf field.”

Last season, Sky Blue FC edged out the Boston Breakers with a 2-1-1 record in the series. The last time Sky Blue FC traveled to Boston was on June 30, 2013, and they lost 3-2. Sky Blue FC midfielder Sophie Schmidt and forward Monica Ocampo both recorded goals in the match.

Sky Blue FC has displayed strong defensive efforts in its first two games behind Christie Rampone, CoCo Goodson, Lindsi Cutshall, Kendall Johnson, and Kelley O’Hara. The experienced back line has been a key factor thus far, helping Sky Blue come away with two points in two games. Gabarra also feels confident about his offense moving forward.

“We will start to become more in sync in our attack,” Gabarra said following last Saturday’s game versus Portland. “I think we are going to grow and develop in the attacking half and we have players that, at some point, are going to contribute.”

Two former Sky Blue FC stars, Heather O’Reilly and Lisa De Vanna, lead the offensive charge for the Boston Breakers. O’Reilly is the team’s offensive statistics leader with one goal and one assist.

De Vanna was traded to Boston via Sky Blue FC on March 3, 2014. Last season with New Jersey, De Vanna recorded five goals and two assists, and was an integral part of the team’s success.

“She [DeVanna] is always tough,” Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jill Loyden said of her former teammate. “She is so fast. You can’t turn off for one second with her. We have a lot of respect for her.”

The game will be broadcast live on the NWSL’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czpyTtOR-_Y

Sky Blue FC returns to Yurcak Field on Wednesday, April 30, when the squad hosts Seattle Reign FC.

For tickets, visit tickets.skybluefc.com or call 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

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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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