MANALAPAN, N.J. — Sky Blue FC played defending Big 12 champions West Virginia University to a scoreless draw in its second preseason game at Sportika Sports Saturday afternoon.

“We’ve been working on our defensive organization all week, so I think we did a really good job finding our lines, communicating and it was a huge step in the right direction from the firstgame,” Sky Blue head coach Denise Reddy said. “West Virginia is a really good team who put us under pressure and made it very hard for us to build out.”

Reddy made three changes to her starting lineup from last week’s 6-0 victory over St. John’s University, including Erica Skroski at left back, Naho Kawasumi on the right wing and Savannah McCaskill in for Carli Lloyd up top.

The match saw Kaylan Marckese play her first minutes in a Sky Blue FC jersey since being drafted 19th overall in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

Sky Blue plays its third preseason match when it hosts Rutgers University at Sportika Sports Friday at 7 p.m. For entrance into the game RSVP online at

The club’s first National Women’s Soccer League match will be played against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex April 13 and the home opener be vs. the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m.