Sam Kerr pulled off a familiar accomplishment at Yurcak Field, she recorded a hat-trick, only it wasn’t for Sky Blue FC. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In some respects, it seemed like old times at Yurcak Field Saturday night as the amazing Sam Kerr put on another one-woman show.
The problem was it wasn’t for the home side, but rather for the Chicago Red Stars.
The Australian international recorded a hat-trick to power Chicago to a 3-1 victory over Sky Blue FC in a National Women’s Soccer League match.
Sky Blue continued to dig a home for itself at the bottom of the league table with a 0-11-3 mark and only three points. Chicago (25) improved to 6-4-7.
Kerr was the league MVP last season while setting scoring records before she was traded to the Red Stars.
One of the few bright spots for the hosts came off the foot of Imani Dorsey, who recorded her first professional goal one week after registering her first professional assist.
“We put ourselves in a difficult situation by allowing a goal late in the first half and then early in the second half,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said. “As a team, we have to work more consistently throughout the game. We have to stay committed to our formation and how we play. That is what we will take away from tonight as we start building upon next week.”
The Red Stars broke through in the 40th minute. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher booted a ball to Alyssa Mautz on the right flank. Mautz found Kerr on top of the 18. Kerr touched right before finishing to the left side of the goal.
A minute into the second half, Kerr doubled the score for Chicago following a giveaway in the midfield that was collected by Yuki Nagasato. She delivered a feed to Kerr as she approached the penalty area. After chesting the ball down, Kerr powered a right-footed strike into the goal.
In the 63rd minute, Nagasato sent a ball over the top from the midfield that found Kerr running into a 1 v 1 situation with Sheridan. Kerr slotted that feed into the left-side netting for a 3-0 advantage.
The New Jersey side pulled one back in the 73rd minute. The sequence started in the back when Domi Richardson played Madison Tiernan, who ran upfield before cutting two defenders with a pass for Savannah McCaskill. After a quick give-and-go with Lloyd, McCaskill one-timed a feed that split two defenders and found Dorsey as she entered the penalty area. Dorsey poked a right-footed shot past Naeher for her first professional goal.
Sky Blue FC hosts the North Carolina Courage at Yurcak Field next Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m.