CARY, N.C. – Sky Blue FC could find itself atop the National Women’s Soccer League Wednesday night.
It has to defeat the fist-place North Carolina Courage at WakeMed Soccer Park in a game that kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
The club enters the encounter in second place with a 3-2-1 mark and 10 points. Carolina (4-2-0, 12) leads the league.
“Wednesday evening’s match should be a very entertaining game,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly. “Even with the quick turnaround, we feel that we have adequately prepared our team, and we look forward to squaring off against one of the very best clubs in the league. We feel that if we meet our potential, it will be a positive outcome for Sky Blue FC.”
Sky Blue FC has recorded back-to-back wins against the Houston Dash. Most recently, the New Jersey club used a dramatic finish on Saturday to defeat the Dash, 2-1. After midfielder Sarah Killion registered her NWSL-leading fifth goal of the season by converting a penalty kick in the 20th minute, Andressinha scored her own rebound in the 40th minute to equalize for Houston, 1-1.
With the score 1-1, forward Leah Galton earned a free kick opportunity from the left flank in the 84th minute. Midfielder Daphne Corboz then lofted a feed into the penalty area, where Costa Rica international Raquel Rodriguez stepped around a defender before touching the ball into space and firing the game-winner into the back of the net. The winning tally was the second of the season for Rodriguez, who also finished an 82nd minute strike against FC Kansas City in the Sky Blue FC home opener at Yurcak Field.
After winning its first four games of the season, North Carolina has fallen in its past two outings, most recently at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars last weekend, 3-1.
Wednesday night marks the first meeting between Sky Blue FC and the Courage, which relocated to North Carolina this past offseason after playing its first four NWSL campaigns as the Western New York Flash. As the WNY Flash, the Courage captured the 2016 NWSL title.
Sky Blue FC returns home to Yurcak Field, where it hosts Orlando Pride Saturday at 7 p.m.