Sam Kerr scored four goals last week in a performance for the ages. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Sky Blue FC hopes for another win as it continues its playoff push Saturday night.
The New Jersey squad (8-9-2, 23 points) will host the Boston Breakers (3-9-7, 16) at Yurcak Field at 7 p.m.
This match marks the second and final meeting between these two clubs this season. In their first outing in Boston in April, the Breakers claimed a 1-0 result behind a Natasha Dowie to Rose Lavelle tally in the 37th minute. Sky Blue FC leads the series with a 6-3-3 record, and the Jersey side has never lost a home match to Boston since the National Women’s Soccer League was founded in 2013 (4-0-2).
Sky Blue FC is coming off the greatest comeback in NWSL history last weekend, a 5-4 win over Seattle Reign FC. In that contest, Sky Blue FC trailed 3-0 at halftime before Sam Kerr scored a second-half hat trick that leveled the match at three apiece. After Kiersten Dallstream reclaimed the lead for Seattle in the 85th minute, Sky Blue FC soon found itself trailing 4-3 as the game entered the 90th minute, but the fun was just getting started. First, a Domi Richardson to Maya Hayes connection in the 91st minute equalized the count, and then a Taylor Lytle to Kerr corner kick conversion as time expired hung the final 5-4 tally.
Kerr became the first NWSL player to score two hat tricks in one season and also the first NWSL player to record four goals in a match. Sky Blue FC also became the first NWSL club to win a game that it trailed by three goals, as well as the New Jersey outfit becoming the first NWSL team to win a game that is was losing in the 90th minute.
Sky Blue FC has headed into the 75th minute this season with a tie score on six occasions, going on to win five to,es (5-0-1).
Kerr has 15 goals, just one shy of Kim Little’s 2014 league record.
Boston enters the game amid a seven-match winless streak, with its last victory coming July 1 against the Washington Spirit, 1-0.