Madison Tiernan and her Sky Blue FC will try again for their first win of the season. (Phil Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – For the 19th time this season, Sky Blue FC again will try to win its first game of the National Women’s Soccer League season Saturday night.
The New Jersey side enters its 6:30 p.m. ET game against Utah Royals FC (7-7-7, 28 points) at Yurcak Field with a 0-14-4 record.
It will be the third meeting of the season between these two clubs, with Utah Royals FC picking up two wins.
The first match occurred back in June at Yurcak Field, with the visiting side claiming a 2-1 victory. Utah struck in the third minute on a Gunnhildur Jonsdottir to Diana Matheson tally, but Sky Blue FC retaliated when Katie Johnson hooked up Shea Groom for an equalizer seven minutes later. An own goal in the 85th minute awarded the three points to Utah.
In the second fixture at Rio Tinto Stadium later that month, Royals FC used an early Christen Press goal and a first-half brace by Katie Stengel to carry a 3-0 advantage into halftime. Sky Blue FC pulled one back when Imani Dorsey set up Carli Lloyd in the 62nd minute, but Utah won, 3-1.
Sky Blue FC was in action last weekend, coming out on the wrong side of a 2-1 tally against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field. A Kealia Ohai to Rachel Daly connection in the seventh minute gave the Dash an early edge, but Madison Tiernan leveled in the 64th minute when she rebounded and scored off a Savannah McCaskill shot. Houston won after making good on a penalty kick opportunity in the 73rd minute following a handball infraction inside the box. Sky Blue FC received an extraordinary performance by goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, who recorded nine saves.
Utah Royals FC most rhosted Seattle Reign FC last Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, suffering a 1-0 loss.
Saturday will serve as Sky Blue FC’s 2018 Health and Wellness Night, which is being presented by Sportika Sports. Prior to kickoff, Sky Blue FC is also partnering with Grassroot Soccer and EDP Futures for a youth soccer event, and the team will be wearing co-branded shirts of the three groups during warm-ups. Those shirts will then be autographed and auctioned during the game to benefit Grassroot Soccer.