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Sky Blue to Face Off Against St. John’s, PSU, and North Carolina in Preseason Bouts

by Dave Schatz | Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

(Photo Credit: Howard C. Smith)

(Photo Credit: Howard C. Smith)

Sky Blue FC announced its complete 2014 preseason schedule Tuesday.

New Jersey’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) pro team will compete in three exhibition games against some of the top collegiate teams in the nation before starting the regular season against FC Kansas City on April 12.

“We are looking forward to our preseason camp in NJ,” Sky Blue technical director and head coach Jim Gabarra said in a statement. “Playing these three teams in three different areas in our market will not only be good preparation for the season but also be a chance to showcase our players and the quality of the NWSL product.”

Sky Blue will begin its preseason matchups against St. John’s University in Queens, New York on Saturday, March 15. Coming off one of the best seasons in the program’s history, the Red Storm qualified for the NCAA Division I tournament for only the second time and earned its first win before being eliminated in the second round by Arkansas.

Next, rookie Maya Hayes and Sky Blue will face off against her alma mater Penn State University on Sunday, March 23 at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. The Nittany Lions, led by Hayes, earned an at-large bid into the 2013 NCAA, Division I tournament, marking their 19th consecutive year in the competition. However, Penn State would not advance past the second round after falling 1-0 to Wake Forest.

On Saturday, March 29, Georgian Court University will, for the very first time, host Sky Blue – versus the University of North Carolina in the final preseason match. A continuing powerhouse in the NCAA tournament, UNC reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion UCLA, 1-0, in double overtime.

Here is the preseason schedule (all game times are ET):

Date

Opponent

Time

Location

Sat., March 15

@ St. John’s University

1:00 PM

Belson Stadium – Queens,   NY

Sun., March 23

Penn State

1:00 PM

Newark Academy –   Livingston, NJ

Sat., March 29

UNC

4:00 PM

Georgian Court University   – Lakewood Township, NJ

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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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