Kailen Sheridan was good in goal, but could not stop every Orlando shot. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
ORLANDO, Fla. — The mini-winning streak is over — at two games.
Sky Blue FC dropped a 1-0 decision at the Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium after a 23rd-minute goal from rookie midfielder Marisa Viggiano in the Saturday night.
The New Jersey side fell to 2-8-2 and remained at eight points in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The aggressive Pride came out pressing high, earning a free kick in the third minute for their first chance. After the ball was sent in and cleared out by Sky Blue, defender Erin Greening sent a lofted ball into the left side of the box, that fell to forward Rachel Hill, who ripped a low shot just wide of the near post.
Orlando had a few more chances in the fifth minute, starting with defender Toni Pressley sending a long ball down the field to midfielder Chioma Ubogagu. Ubogagu crossed it over to Hill in the box. The ball was cleared out by Caprice Dydasco but just as far as the oncoming Mart, who hit a volley but was denied by Dydasco.
Sky Blue’s first chance came in the 13th minute as Paige Monaghan played the ball wide to Gina Lewandowski. The pass was deflected by Ubogagu but Lewandowski collected it and sent a pass through the box to Elizabeth Eddy. Eddy one-timed a shot it at goal but was blocked by Greening and then cleared by defender Alanna Kennedy.
Ubogagu continued to be an attacking threat as she almost found the back of the net in the 18th minute. She chested down a ball sent in by Viggiano and sent a shot just wide of the far-right post.
The final chance of the first half for Sky Blue started with a ball sent up by Julie James Doyle to Imani Dorsey, but Pressley cut off Dorsey in the box and cleared the ball.
Orlando went up 1-0 in the 23rd minute on Viggiano’s goal. With space on the left flank, Viggiano cut in towards goal and fired a shot off at the 18-yard line just passed diving goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.
The Sky Blue defense was called to action in the 49th minute. With a scramble in the box, midfielder Joanna Boyles had her shot blocked by Dydasco but the deflection fell to Pressley, who put another shot on frame. Sheridan tracked the saved the shot.
On the hour, Sheridan came up big again to keep the game at a one goal deficit. Marta played the ball into space on the right side of the field towards Hill, who ran towards goal. Hill sent the shot on frame but with a diving outstretched arm, Sheridan pushed it away and Monaghan cleared it.
The game finished out with one last chance by Orlando in the 94th minute by Emily van Egmond, who had a 1 v 1 chance in the six-yard box but sailed her shot wide.