Katie Johnson recorded a brace against Utah. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
Sky Blue FC might not have a win this season, but the team has earned an honor.
Forward Katie Johnson was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association, it was announced Tuesday.
Johnson, 23, scored two goals – including her second brace of the season – to help Sky Blue secure a 2-2 draw with Utah Royals FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Saturday night. Riding the 2-1 advantage from Johnson, Sky Blue FC (0-14-5, 5 points) was just moments away from its first win of the season in stoppage time but a late goal by Utah forced the hosts to settle for their fifth tie of the year.
The Monrovia, Calif. native scored the opening goal of the match in the 14th minute as part of a sustained build up and attacking sequence. In the end, midfielder Raquel Rodriguez slipped a short pass in behind for Johnson, who blasted a right-footed shot in the far corner as she was being pulled down from behind to beat goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. (Watch highlight)
The Mexico international added her second goal in the 48th minute as her attempted pass to Imani Dorsey was deflected off a defender and right back in to her path. Johnson wasted no time bending a shot into the upper corner to give Sky Blue FC a 2-0 advantage.
The USC product played 66 minutes and finished with two of three shots on goal including one shot off the woodwork in the 50th minute, according to Opta.
It is the first time Johnson has been honored as the NWSL player of the week and the 10th time a member of the Sky Blue has won the award.
Sky Blue FC will return to action against Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.
The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis