Sarah Killion and Sky Blue FC will try to snap its winless streak in Portland. (Jeffrey Auger)
Winless in 11 games, Sky Blue FC again will attempt to win its first game of the National Women’s Soccer League season Wednesday night when it visits Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
The New Jersey side has but two points thanks to a 0-9-2 mark while Portland (19 points) has a 5-4-4 record.
The match-up kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET (Go90 and NWSLsoccer.com 0 international).
“We have played really well in large parts over the past few matches,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said. “We have consistently increased our chances, but now we must capitalize on those opportunities. As a team, we have been focused on improving our execution throughout all parts of the field, and doing it for the full 90 minutes.”
Sky Blue FC, which was off last weekend, most recently battled the Orlando Pride at Orlando City Stadium June 16.
The visitors fell behind 1-0 in the third minute before Imani Dorsey picked off a defender in the midfield and attacked the goal in the 16th minute. While an initial shot by was saved by goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, Savannah McCaskill buried the rebound for a 1-1 tie. Orlando regained the lead in the 31st minute, but Sky Blue FC equalized when Madison Tiernan put away a rebound of a shot by Katie Johnson six minutes later. The Pride claimed a 3-2 result when Rachel Hill scored an Alex Morgan feed in the 83rd minute.
Portland is on a two-game unbeaten streak, most recently defeating the Houston Dash Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, 3-1. New Jersey native Tobin Heath and Ana Crnogorcevic supplied first-half goals, while Christine Sinclair put the game on ice in the 83rd minute.
Sky Blue FC owns a 6-5-2 series lead, holding a 4-3-0 advantage at Providence Park.
Sky Blue FC will be without a few key players due to injury. Missing from action will be forward Katie Johnson (right knee tendinitis) and defenders Jen Hoy (right knee sprain), Amandine Pierre-Louis (right ankle sprain) and Rebekah Stott (back strain).
Following a road match at Utah Royals FC Saturday, Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field to host the Chicago Red Stars July 7.