Sarah Killion scored Sky Blue’s lone goal. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – You’ve got to hand it to Sky Blue FC. The team keeps finding new ways to lose.
Gina Lewandowski scored an own goal in the 81st minute as Sky Blue FC remained winless this National Women’s Soccer League season with a 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride at Yurcak Field Saturday night.
Sky Blue FC (2 points) fell to 0-7-2.
Sky Blue came out pressing hard and on the front foot of the attack early in the game. The first chance in the fourth minute came from a cross in by Imani Dorsey that was miss-hit by the Orlando backline and fell to the feet of Raquel Rodriguez at the top of the box. Rodriguez fired off a shot that was deflected just wide of the right post.
Dorsey was active on the left flank, using her speed and control to beat the Orlando defense multiple times. In the ninth minute Dorsey received a throw-in and beat two defenders down the line to send a cross to Sarah Killion. As Orlando defender Carson Pickett stepped to Killion, she slipped the ball to Jen Hoy, who ripped off a shot, but Orlando goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made the save.
Orlando’s first chance came in the 14th minute as forward Chioma Ubogagu made a run down the left line and tested the backline with her speed. Ubogagu sent in a cross near the six-yard box that deflected off of Erica Skroski heading towards the Sky Blue goal. Didi Haracic tracked the ball to make a diving save from the deflection.
A handball in the box called on Elizabeth Eddy gave Orlando a penalty kick and its first goal in the 32nd minute. Ubogagu sent the shot to the low right corner, just under the hand of Haracic.
Sky Blue continued to push the attack as a few chances to level the game were just off the mark. In the 35th minute, a ball sent in by Hoy, found the head of Dorsey, who put it wide of the right post. A free kick in the 45th minute was the final chance for Sky Blue before halftime. Killion sent the kick towards Gina Lewandowski, who was running at the left post. Lewandowski connected with the cross, heading it off the crossbar.
In the second half, Rodriguez found herself wide open at the top of the box after receiving a pass by Hoy in the 60th minute. The low shot sent in on frame was kick-saved by Kopmeyer.
Killion leveled the game in the 67th minute after being awarded a penalty kick after a hand ball by defender Morgan Reid. Killion sent Kopmeyer the wrong way, as the ball hit the back of the net in low right-hand corner to tie it up at 1-1.
Orlando had the game-winner via an own goal in the 81st minute. Midfielder Marisa Viggiano sent in a ball that looked to have crossed over the end line, but the ball deflected off of Lewandowski and into the net.
Sky Blue FC heads to the Midwest to face the Chicago Red Stars at SeatGeek Stadium July 6 at 8 p.m. The Jersey side will return home July 12 against Utah Royals FC at 7:30 p.m. for Health & Wellness Night presented by RWJBarnabas.