Maya Hayes scored a dramatic late goal in a win last week. (Courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sky Blue FC will aim to win its fourth consecutive home match for the first time in franchise history Saturday.
On the opposite side of the pitch will be Portland Thorns FC (3-1-3, 12 points), which has a five-game unbeaten streak, with kickoff slated at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field here.
“After a good week of preparation, we are very eager to get back on home soil tomorrow in front of our fantastic fans,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly siad. “We know going into the game that we have to meet our potential to ensure we have a positive outcome against a very talented team. We expect to have another exciting match here in New Jersey.”
Sky Blue FC (4-3-1, 10 points) is off to its best home start in club history, and the New Jersey club looks to keep its home form as the National Women’s Soccer League approaches its first international break of the season.
The team has produced three dramatic home wins, with game-winning goals coming in the 82nd, 85th and 82nd minute, respectively.
Most recently, the team overcame a 1-0 deficit against the Orlando Pride last weekend, as forward Sam Kerr countered a Jasmyne Spencer tally just before halftime for a 1-1 deadlock. In the second half, Kerr flicked a header at midfield towards a racing Maya Hayes in the 82nd minute. The New Jersey native then put away the game-winner to give Sky Blue FC a thrilling 2-1 victory.
Sky Blue FC finished off May with three wins over its final four contests, as Kerr led the way with two goals and two assists. Her outstanding performances were recognized by the NWSL Media Association earlier this week, as the Australia international was named the NWSL player of the month. Kerr was joined by goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan and midfielder Sarah Killion on the NWSL Team of the Month for May.
Portland enters Saturday night on the heels of a 2-0 win over the Boston Breakers last Friday night at Providence Park.
Sky Blue FC leads the all-time series with Portland, 5-4-2, including a 2-1-2 edge in New Jersey. The Thorns swept the 2016 season series over two matches, including a win during the final weekend of the 2016 season at Yurcak Field, 3-1.