McCaskill Scores First Pro Goal as Sky Blue FC Earns Road Point in Chicago

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Sky Blue FC (0-2-1, 1 point) returned to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action tonight, showing great resolve to earn a tough road point against the Chicago Red Stars (2-1-2, 8 points) at Toyota Park, 1-1. The Red Stars struck first in the opening minute, but goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan and the Sky Blue FC defense was able to silence their attack the rest of the way. Forward Savannah McCaskill provided the equalizing tally for Sky Blue FC, scoring her first professional goal in the 78th minute.
 
“We did pretty well with our pressure towards the beginning of the game, and we also created some good opportunities,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “After the first 15 minutes or so, it felt like Chicago was able to gain control over the remainder of the first half. They were able to spread us out a bit and made us do a lot of unnecessary running defensively. When we came out in the second half, we definitely started to show more of who we are. We were on the front foot more, and we were able to put better pressure on the ball. Coming from behind a goal on the road and finding a way to get a point is definitely a positive takeaway that we will build upon as we head into training next week.”
 
Chicago quickly made it a 1-0 match in the 1st minute following a throw-in that landed at the feet of Alyssa Mautz. After collecting it, Mautz touched the ball for Sofia Huerta outside of the 18, and she lofted a drifting shot that sailed over the head of Sheridan.
 
In the 13th minute, Sky Blue FC appeared to have leveled this match up, as McCaskill collected deep on her end of the pitch before sending a ball up the right flank for a racing Shea Groom. The Sky Blue FC forward sped past a defender as she approached the 18 and two defenders collapsed on her. She then cut a ball to the far side of the area, where Janine Beckie quickly touched before striking it past Red Stars netminder Alyssa Naeher. However, the offside flag went up, and the potential equalizer was nullified.
 
Sky Blue FC saw a few different shots nearly find their mark throughout the remainder of the opening half. On the other side of the field, Sheridan and her back line continued to hold strong as well, and the 1-0 tally remained when the two teams broke for the halftime intermission.
 
Sky Blue FC brought that same fight into the second half of this contest, and the 62nd minute again nearly saw an equalizing score. Off a throw-in, Beckie played an overlapping Groom into the penalty area, where she looked to cut a ball to the center of the box. After Raquel Rodriguez was unable to stretch for it, Carli Lloyd put a nice touch on the ball that gave her enough space to fire on frame, but Naeher was able to deflect her attempt out of play.
 
Another near-tying situation occurred in the 73rd minute on a Sky Blue FC corner kick. After Groom earned the corner, Sarah Killion stepped over it and sent a ball to the far side, where Lloyd put a header on the service that whistled just beyond the post.
 
The resolve of Sky Blue FC finally paid off in the 78th minute. On the series, Katie Johnson gathered possession and lofted a ball to McCaskill, who was on top of the left side of the 18. McCaskill then touched a couple times to her right to create some space before striking a hard curler on frame that slipped under Naeher to make it a 1-1 contest. The finish by McCaskill officially opened her professional account and goes down as the first goal of her NWSL career.
 
After the McCaskill equalizer, Sky Blue FC was buzzing in pursuit of the game-winner, but the 1-1 count remained when the final whistle was blown.
 
Sky Blue FC will now return home to Yurcak Field on Saturday, May 5, hosting the Houston Dash for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars   
Date: April 21, 2018
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 2,413
Weather: 52 degrees, mostly sunny
 
Scoring Summary: 
NJ: 0 | 1 - 1
CHI: 1 | 0 - 1
 
1 CHI Sofia Huerta (Alyssa Mautz)
78 NJ Savannah McCaskill (Katie Johnson)
 
Lineups: 
NJ: Sheridan, Freeman (Johnson-66), Stott, Skroski, Gibbons, Rodriguez (Meehan-83), Killion, Lloyd, McCaskill (Tiernan-86), Beckie, Groom
Subs not usedCasey, Hoy, Leon, Abam
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
CHI: Naeher, Comeau, Naughton, Gilliland, Gorden, Huerta, Stanton, Colaprico (Kaskie-90), Vasconcelos (Green-83), Nagasato, Mautz
Subs Not Used: Boyd, Yenney
Head Coach: Rory Dames
 
Stats Summary: CHI / NJ
Shots: 20 / 11
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls:  3 / 8
Offside: 4 / 4
 
Misconduct Summary: 
N/A
 
Officials: 
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Gjovalin Bori
Fourth Official: Kyle Hannon

Sky Blue FC Falls to Seattle at Rain-Soaked Yurcak Field

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Sky Blue FC (0-2-0, 0 points) played its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) home opener tonight, hosting Seattle Reign FC (2-0-0, 6 points) at Yurcak Field. Both sides dealt with some incredibly difficult conditions throughout the match due to high winds and steady rain in the area. In the end, it was an early penalty kick conversion by Megan Rapinoe that provided Reign FC with an eventual 1-0 result.
 
“For both teams, the conditions from the wind and the rain made it very difficult for the style of soccer we like to play. We both like to possess, and it was not easy to do that tonight,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Seattle is a very good team that is extremely well-coached, so to limit their chances the way we did in this weather is definitely a positive takeaway from the match. What we have to do is be a little more efficient as a team in the final third to create better opportunities. That is the small detail we are missing right now.”
 
As mentioned, Seattle struck in this match-up in the 6th minute of play, as Sky Blue FC defender Erica Skroski was charged with a handball infraction just inside the box that gave Reign FC an early penalty kick attempt. Stepping over the ensuing try was Rapinoe, who converted to give her team a 1-0 advantage.
 
Both teams continued to battle through the harsh conditions, and Sky Blue FC nearly found its equalizer just before the halftime whistle. In the second minute of stoppage time, Savannah McCaskill fed a through-ball into the box that eventually arrived at the feet of Shea Groom, who then sent it across the area. McCaskill looked to run the ball down, but it was just beyond her reach.
 
Sky Blue FC again nearly hit an equalizer in the 73rd minute, as McCaskill gained possession in the midfield and began racing down the center of the park. She then delivered a ball to Groom as she entered the right side of the box, where Groom did a stepover before firing a shot that forced a diving save from Seattle netminder Michelle Betos.
 
In the 85th minute, Reign FC was given a second penalty attempt after Kiersten Dallstream played a ball for Jodie Taylor in the box, where the England international was taken down before it arrived at her feet.
 
Stepping to the spot following that call was Taylor, who struck a ball to her right side. Playing the kick perfectly was Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, who stretched-out to her left and made the diving save. The ball then rebounded right to the feet of Dallstream, who hammered a shot that Sheridan kick-saved to keep out of the net. Following the double-save, Sky Blue FC was able to turn possession the other way and head upfield.
 
Sky Blue FC continued to seek out the equalizer over the waning minutes of this contest, but the tally remained at 1-0 in favor of Seattle when the final whistle was blown.
 
Sky Blue FC now hits the road next weekend to play the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, April 21. The team will return to Yurcak Field on Saturday, May 5, hosting the Houston Dash for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Tickets for that match are available now onlineor by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
Group and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC

NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC  
Date: April 15, 2018
Venue: Yurcak Field; Piscataway, New Jersey
Attendance: 1,913
Weather: 39 degrees, rainy and windy
 
Scoring Summary: 
NJ: 0 | 0 - 0
SEA: 1 | 0 - 1
 
6 SEA Megan Rapinoe (Penalty Kick)
 
Lineups: 
NJ: Sheridan, Freeman, Stott, Skroski, Gibbons (Tiernan-82), Rodriguez (Johnson-64), Killion, Lloyd, McCaskill, Beckie, Groom (Leon-89)
Subs not usedCasey, Meehan, Hoy
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
SEA: Betos, Westphal, Barnes, Oyster, Nielsen, Long, Yanez (McNabb-90), Fishlock, Rapinoe (Dallstream-56), Taylor, Spencer (Andrews-79)
Subs Not Used: Addo, Averbuch, Gay
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
 
Stats Summary: NJ / SEA
Shots: 3 / 8
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls:  14 / 8
Offside: 1 / 3
 
Misconduct Summary: 
50 NJ Savannah McCaskill (Yellow Card)
82 SEA Kiersten Dallstream (Yellow Card)
 
Officials: 
Referee: Marco Vega
Assistant Referee 1: Ian McKay
Assistant Referee 2: Maggie Short
Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder

Sky Blue FC Hosts Seattle Reign FC on Sunday in 2018 Home Opener

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Sky Blue FC (0-1-0, 0 points) will play its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) home opener on Sunday, hosting Seattle Reign FC (1-0-0, 3 points) at Yurcak Field for a 5 p.m. kickoff. Tickets for the match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
“Playing in the home opener and in front of your home crowd is always exciting,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “With the help of Cloud 9 and the rest of our supporters, we can make Yurcak Field a place where it is tough to play, and that is the goal. For me personally, it is extra special to have my family and friends able to attend all of our home matches.”
 
Sunday marks the NWSL home debut for Reddy as Sky Blue FC head coach, with the New Jersey native returning to the organization she helped start as a USL W-League franchise in 2007. The game will also be a homecoming for two-time FIFA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, who was acquired by Sky Blue FC this past offseason.
 
This Sunday marks the first meeting of the 2018 campaign between Sky Blue FC and Seattle Reign FC. Sky Blue FC heads into the match-up after a heartbreaking defeat to the North Carolina Courage two weekends ago. The two teams battled in a hard-fought contest that was still scoreless when it entered the 92nd minute of play. It was then that Jaelene Hinkle found Jessica McDonald for what would become the game-winner in stoppage time.

Seattle had a bye before the FIFA break last weekend and will also be playing its second match-up of the regular season on Sunday. In its season opener, the team hosted the Washington Spirit at Memorial Stadium and won that meeting, 2-1. Megan Rapinoe struck first in the 7th minute before she set-up Jodie Taylor in the 35th minute to make it a two-goal advantage. Joanna Lohman did eventually put Washington on the board in the 68th minute, but the 2-1 tally would remain when the final whistle was blown.
 
Historically, Sky Blue FC leads the all-time series between these two clubs, owning an accumulative 6-3-3 record. Sky Blue FC is also unbeaten against Seattle at Yurcak Field, holding a 5-0-2 edge.
 
2018 Sky Blue FC season, half-season and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC

Courage Defeats Sky Blue FC with Stoppage Time Game-Winner

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Sky Blue FC opened its sixth National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season on Saturday, playing a road match with the North Carolina Courage in Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The New Jersey club held strong for more than 90 minutes into the contest, but a stoppage time goal from Courage forward Jessica McDonald ultimately provided a 1-0 result in favor of the hosts.
 
“I felt that we did really well in the first half. We were able to possess the ball for longer periods of time, and we prevented them from getting behind our back line,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “In the second half, we lost some of our rhythm and were unable to keep possession as long. We spent so much time defending that we started to get ourselves pinned back a bit.”
 
The opening half of play displayed some spirited competition between the two sides. Sky Blue FC saw the better of the possession, while North Carolina held the shot advantage. Using quick passes to move the ball upfield, Sky Blue FC did well in the middle of the park and created its share of opportunities, but the match remained scoreless when the action broke for the halftime intermission.
 
In the 54th minute, the Courage nearly split open the deadlock when Crystal Dunn sent a ball into space for a racing Kristen Hamilton, which played her into a 1v1 situation with Sky Blue FC netminder Kailen Sheridan. The Canada international came off her line to close down the available angles, and that forced Hamilton to slightly rush her shot. Her ensuing strike then hit the post, keeping the North Carolina account closed for the time-being.
 
The Courage continued to press on the offensive end, with Sheridan and the Sky Blue FC back line doing well to keep the net clean until the second minute of stoppage time arrived.
 
In one of the final sequences of the match, Jaelene Hinkle raced through the midfield with possession before sending a ball to McDonald that split a pair of defenders as she ran into the box. Once McDonald collected, she touched the ball right and forced Sheridan off her line. As the Sky Blue FC defensive unit sped back to recover, McDonald found herself with enough space to cut a ball towards the target and into the goal. The late tally would prove to be the game-winner.
 
Following a FIFA break next weekend, Sky Blue FC will host Seattle Reign FC for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff in its home opener at Yurcak Field on Sunday, April 15. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
2018 Sky Blue FC season, half-season and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC

NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage  
Date: March 31, 2018
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Attendance: 4,078
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny
 
Scoring Summary: 
NJ: 0 | 0 - 0
NC: 0 | 1 - 1
 
90+2 NC Jessica McDonald (Jaelene Hinkle)
 
Lineups: 
NJ: Sheridan, Freeman, Stott, Skroski, Gibbons, Beckie (Meehan-69), Killion, Lloyd, McCaskill, Johnson (Leon-58), Groom (Abam-78)
Subs not usedCasey, Mills, Hoy
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
NC: D’Angelo, Hinkle, Erceg, Dahlkemper, Mathias, O’Sullivan (Speck-79), Zerboni, Hamilton (McDonald-55), Williams, Debinha (Jenkins-86), Dunn
Subs Not Used: Chapman, Rowland, Crouse, Kurtz
Head Coach: Paul Riley
 
Stats Summary: NC / NJ
Shots: 23 / 3
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls:  6 / 7
Offside: 3 / 2
 
Misconduct Summary: 
66 NJ Christina Gibbons
86 NJ Rebekah Stott
 
Officials: 
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Davis
Fourth Official: Forrest Ambrose

Sky Blue FC Heads to North Carolina for 2018 Season Opener

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After having a bye last weekend, Sky Blue FC will open its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) schedule on Saturday, traveling to the North Carolina Courage for a 3 p.m. kickoff in Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The season will be its sixth in the NWSL and ninth professional campaign overall, making Sky Blue FC the only club that has competed in each of the past nine consecutive seasons that professional women’s soccer has existed in the United States.
 
Fans can watch Saturday’s action live via NWSLsoccer.com and Go90. Sky Blue FC is currently unbeaten in its previous five NWSL season openers, going a collective 3-0-2.
 
“Having an extra week of training together has definitely created a good opportunity for us,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “It has helped us to find a little bit more gel between the players, whether it has been in the front, the back or together as an 11. At the end of the day, getting out there and playing games is why we do all of the training, so it will be exciting to see where we stand against one of the best teams in the league on Saturday.”
 
After a busy offseason, Sky Blue FC will have a number of new faces donning its crest this year. The lone returning forward to the team is McKenzie Meehan, who will be joined by Michaela Abam, Janine Beckie, Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon and Savannah McCaskill. Abam arrived at the club via the 2018 NWSL College Draft, while McCaskill came through the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. The remaining group came via a series of trades with other NWSL member clubs, where each player had a big offensive impact in 2017.
 
Groom finished second on FC Kansas City in 2017 with five goals and a team-leading five assists; Leon was second on the Boston Breakers with five goals and a team-leading six assists; Johnson recorded four goals and two assists (making five starts) for Seattle Reign FC; Hoy registered two goals and two assists over 13 appearances for the Chicago Red Stars; and Beckie scored two goals and an assist for the Houston Dash. Meehan made five starts over 17 games for Sky Blue FC in 2017, tallying an assist.

McCaskill was a two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year and ranks third at South Carolina with 114 points and 40 goals. Further, her 34 assists are the second-highest mark in school history, while her 17 game-winners are a program-best. She set another record during her junior campaign by scoring 17 goals, which is the highest number at the school in a single season. Abam completed her college career at West Virginia University with 100 points on 42 goals and 16 assists. The 42 goals stand as the third-highest mark in program history, and she led the Mountaineers in points over four consecutive seasons.
 
The Sky Blue FC midfield returns Sarah Killion, Raquel Rodriguez and Madison Tiernan, and that trio will be joined by U.S. Women’s National Team captain Carli Lloyd and Brazil international Thaisa Moreno.
 
Killion had five goals and two assists for Sky Blue FC in 2017; Rodriguez followed up her 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year campaign with four goals; and Tiernan recorded three goals and an assist in her first professional season. Lloyd returns home to New Jersey after the two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year registered two goals in eight NWSL contests last season for the Houston Dash, while Moreno begins her inaugural NWSL campaign in 2018.
 
On the back line, Sky Blue FC returns Mandy Freeman, Kayla Mills, Domi Richardson, Erin Simon and Erica Skroski. Joining them this season are Christina Gibbons, Canada international Amandine Pierre-Louis and New Zealand international Rebekah Stott.
 
Sky Blue FC returns the two goalkeepers who accounted for all 2,160 minutes that were played in net for the club last year, with Canada international Kailen Sheridan and Caroline Casey wearing the team crest once again in 2018.
 
Sky Blue FC and the Courage met three times during the 2017 NWSL season, with the teams splitting the series at 1-1-1. In their first encounter, North Carolina claimed a 2-0 result despite goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan recording 11 saves. The 11 stops were the most by a Sky Blue FC netminder since the NWSL was founded in 2013. Two months later, these clubs played as the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week, with an 84th minute game-winner giving Sky Blue FC the road win, 1-0. The final meeting came in the 2017 Sky Blue FC home finale at Yurcak Field, playing to a 1-1 draw.
 
Sky Blue FC returns to New Jersey on Sunday, April 15, hosting Seattle Reign FC for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff in its home opener at Yurcak Field. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
2018 Sky Blue FC season, half-season and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC

Sky Blue FC Renews Corporate Partnership with Provident Bank

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Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the team has renewed its corporate partnership with Provident Bank, as Provident Bank returns in 2018 as the official banking partner of the organization.
 
“We are very happy to have Provident Bank returning as a corporate partner this season,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “Provident Bank is community focused and also an avid supporter of women’s sports, which aligns directly with our vision at Sky Blue FC. As we enter our third year of working together, we look forward to expanding this relationship even further over the course of the season.”
 
All Provident Bank customers will receive discounted offers from Sky Blue FC throughout the NWSL season by using their Provident Bank debit cards. Sky Blue FC will also work directly with the Provident4Women program, which provides insights from women to women about family and home, career and business, life goals and investments.

“We are excited to kick-off another season as the Official Banking Partner of Sky Blue FC,” said Chris Martin, President and CEO of Provident Bank. “Sky Blue FC’s mission and commitment to advancing women’s soccer directly align with the core values and guiding principles of our Provident4Women program. We would like to extend our best wishes to Sky Blue FC players, coaches and staff for a successful season.”
 
Provident Bank is recognized for “Commitment You Can Count On” and provides the most convenient and modern community banking services through its network of 84 branches throughout northern and central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.  For more information about Provident Bank, visit their official website or join the conversation on Facebook (ProvidentNJ) and Twitter (@ProvidentNJ).
 
Sky Blue FC will open its 2018 NWSL Season when it travels to the North Carolina Courage for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff this Saturday, March 31. The team then returns to New Jersey on Sunday, April 15, hosting Seattle Reign FC for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff in its home opener at Yurcak Field. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
2018 Sky Blue FC season, half-season and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC

Sky Blue FC Announces Regular Season Roster

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With the 2018 Preseason Presented by Sportika Sports now in the books, Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced its regular season roster on Monday. The Sky Blue FC regular season roster consists of 20 players plus forwards Adriana Leon and Savannah McCaskill, who were acquired via the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft and do not count against the 20-player active limit.
 
At the goalkeeper position, Caroline Casey and Kailen Sheridan are the two options for Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy.
 
The Sky Blue FC defender corps consists of Mandy Freeman, Christina Gibbons, Kayla Mills, Amandine Pierre-Louis, Domi Richardson, Erica Skroski and Rebekah Stott. Additionally, Erin Simon has been placed on the 45-day disabled list, while Amanda Frisbie is currently out-of-market (acquired via NWSL Dispersal Draft).
 
Options at the midfielder position are Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd, Raquel Rodriguez, Thaisa Moreno and Madison Tiernan, with Daphne Corboz currently playing on loan with FC Fleury 91 in France.
 
Michaela Abam, Janine Beckie, Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon, Savannah McCaskill and McKenzie Meehan comprise the group of forwards available to Reddy.
 
Transactions that occurred prior to today’s roster announcement include the release of defenders Cassidy Benintente, Mary Fiebernitz, Monica Flores and midfielder Kelly Conheeney.
 
Additionally, Sky Blue FC retains the NWSL rights to its 2018 College Draft picks. Among those players are goalkeeper Casey Murphy, who is playing in France for Montpellier Hérault; midfielder Kiana Palacios and forward Imani Dorsey, who is finishing up her education at Duke University.
 

2018 SKY BLUE FC REGULAR SEASON ROSTER (22 of 20 spots filled)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Caroline Casey, Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN)
 
DEFENDERS (8): Mandy Freeman, Amanda Frisbie (PEN), Christina Gibbons, Kayla Mills, Amandine Pierre-Louis (INTL-CAN), Domi Richardson, Erin Simon (D45), Erica Skroski, Rebekah Stott (INTL-NZL)
 
MIDFIELDERS (6): Daphne Corboz (LOA), Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd (FED-USA), Raquel Rodriguez (INTL-CRC), Thaisa Moreno (INTL-BRA), Madison Tiernan
 
FORWARDS (8): Michaela Abam, Janine Beckie (FED-CAN), Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon (FED-CAN, DD), Savannah McCaskill (DD), McKenzie Meehan
 
Federation Players (FED): 4
International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 4
 
Key:

ACTIVE ROSTER:
FED - Federation Player
INTL – International Roster Spot
 
ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE LIMIT:
D45 (45-Day Disabled List): Player on the 45-Day disabled list
LOA (Loan): Player is loaned out to another club
PEN (Pending): Player will join club on a future date
DD (Dispersal Draft): Contracted players acquired via the Dispersal Draft

Sky Blue FC Offense Hits Full Stride Against St. John's University

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Sky Blue FC concluded its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) preseason schedule on Sunday, playing St. John’s University at Sportika Sports in Manalapan, N.J. The Sky Blue FC attack found great rhythm in the contest, with five different goal-scorers leading the club to a 6-0 victory.

“It was great to finally have everyone back with the team. Even though we had some players in new positions, we were able to stay true to how we want to play, both with and without the ball,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We were continually substituting throughout the second half, and I was excited to see that we never lost our identity. Whether we were defending or in the attack, we did not lost sight of what we were trying to do. Overall, I am really happy with how we performed today.”
 
Sky Blue FC was clicking cohesively throughout the field and jumped out to an early lead in the 11th minute. On that go-ahead tally, forward Janine Beckie received the ball beyond the 18-yard box and blasted a hard shot that squeezed over St. John’s goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro, who made a number of tough saves in the match-up.
 
Sky Blue FC extended its advantage to 2-0 on an offensive series in the 34th minute. Beckie first baited the goalkeeper to come off her post before playing midfielder Carli Lloyd on a run to the left flank, where the two-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year delivered a hard roller to the middle of the box. Receiving it was forward Katie Johnson, who fired a shot that hit the post. Collecting the rebound was Shea Groom, and the Sky Blue FC forward struck a ball towards the frame that was kick-saved by Tammaro. Midfielder Raquel Rodriguez was there to gather, first seeing a right-footed shot blocked by a defender before sending a ball into the back of the net with her left foot.
 
Following the start of the second half, Sky Blue FC needed just a bit more than 30 seconds before Beckie scored the second goal of a brace, finishing off a feed from Groom.
 
Sky Blue FC remained on the attack following that third tally of the afternoon, extending the lead to 4-0 in the 56th minute. On that sequence, forward Savannah McCaskill traveled down the end line with possession and centered for forward Adriana Leon, who put away a one-timer.
 
In the 63rd minute, McCaskill added a goal to the stat sheet to make it 5-0, hammering a thunderous strike from inside the 18. The final 6-0 count was then placed on the board in the 65th minute, as Tammaro deflected a hard shot from Leon into the air, where Groom climbed the ladder to finish off the series with a goal-scoring header.
 
With its 2018 Preseason Presented by Sportika Sports now officially in the books, Sky Blue FC shifts its focus to the regular season. First up, the team travels to the North Carolina Courage for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, March 31. Sky Blue FC then returns to New Jersey on Sunday, April 15, hosting Seattle Reign FC for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff in its home opener at Yurcak Field. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
 
2018 Sky Blue FC season, half-season and individual game tickets are all on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849). For all of the latest news on Sky Blue FC, visit the team online and follow us on social media: @SkyBlueFC
 

NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. St. John’s University
Date: March 18, 2018
Venue: Sportika Sports; Manalapan, New Jersey
Weather: Indoors
 
Scoring Summary: 
NJ: 2 | 4 - 6
SJU: 0 | 0 - 0
 
11 NJ Janine Beckie
34 NJ Raquel Rodriguez
46 NJ Janine Beckie (Shea Groom)
56 NJ Adriana Leon (Savannah McCaskill)
63 NJ Savannah McCaskill
65 NJ Shea Groom
 
Lineup: 
Starting XI: Sheridan, Hoy, Freeman, Skroski, Gibbons, Moreno, Rodriguez, Lloyd, Beckie, Johnson, Groom
SubstitutesCasey, McCaskill, Leon, Meehan, Mills, Richardson, Conheeney, Flores, Abam, Palacios, Stott
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
Misconduct Summary: 
N/A
 

Rodriguez Game-Winner Leads Sky Blue FC Past West Virginia

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Sky Blue FC continued its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) preseason schedule on Saturday, playing West Virginia University at Sportika Sports in Manalapan, N.J. The game-winner of this contest came in the 29th minute, with Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez converting a penalty kick opportunity.

“West Virginia was a really good team for us to meet. They were well organized, and they are extremely physical,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Going against a team that switches from high-press to low-press and can play out of the back or go direct gives us a good picture of how an NWSL team will play.”
 
Sky Blue FC almost grabbed an early advantage in the 7th minute of this fixture, as McKenzie Meehan and Katie Johnson worked a give-and-go that resulted in a Meehan blast going just high of the crossbar. Shea Groom was also a constant creator for the Sky Blue FC attack, and she nearly set up the go-ahead tally in the 25th minute after shaking a defender and delivering a ball across the mouth of the frame. On the receiving end of that distribution was Jen Hoy, who saw her header go just wide of the near post.
 
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 29th minute when Meehan sent a ball into the area for Rodriguez, who was taken down inside the box for a Sky Blue FC penalty kick. Rodriguez handled the ensuing responsibility herself, and the Costa Rica international scored the penalty try to give her team a 1-0 advantage.
 
Another addition to the Sky Blue FC lineup today was Brazil international Thaisa Moreno, who maintained an active presence in the middle of the field for her new club. She had a particularly strong connection with Rodriguez, as the duo orchestrated some dangerous runs that nearly saw Sky Blue FC stretch its lead before halftime.

Sky Blue FC continued to threaten offensively in the second half, but a solid performance by West Virginia netminder Rylee Foster kept the score line at 1-0 throughout the second portion of play. When the final whistle was blown, that 1-0 tally in favor of Sky Blue FC became the final result.
 
Recording the clean slate this afternoon for Sky Blue FC was goalkeeper Caroline Casey, who played the full 90 minutes of action.
 
“We did a good job today of finding the seams, and there were a bunch of times that we went into the attack with numbers,” said Reddy. “Now, we just need to put the final pieces together on making the right decisions and making the proper run at the proper time. We did well defensively, both in our high-press and low-press, and I was happy overall with our performance.”
 
Sky Blue FC will conclude its preseason schedule when it welcomes St. John’s University into Sportika Sports for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff next Sunday, March 18. All Sky Blue FC preseason matches are open to the public, and admission to attend is free. Sportika Sports, which is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Sky Blue FC Preseason, is located at 150 Woodward Road in Manalapan, N.J.
 
NWSL Match Report
Match: Sky Blue FC vs. West Virginia University
Date: March 10, 2018
Venue: Sportika Sports; Manalapan, New Jersey
Weather: Indoors
 
Scoring Summary: 
NJ: 1 | 0 - 1
WVU: 0 | 0 - 0
 
29 NJ Raquel Rodriguez (Penalty Kick)
 
Lineup: 
Starting XI: Casey, Flores, Fiebernitz, Freeman, Gibbons, Thaisa, Meehan, Rodriguez, Hoy, Johnson, Groom
SubstitutesGunion, Mills, Simon, Conheeney, Skroski, Benintente, Richardson, Pierre-Louis, Palacios, Abam
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
Misconduct Summary: 
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Sky Blue FC Reduces Preseason Roster

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Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) reduced its roster on Monday as the team enters its third week of the 2018 Preseason Presented by Sportika Sports. The active roster has been cut down to 25 players, with five additional players who are contracted but currently out-of-market.
 
At the goalkeeper position, Caroline Casey and Kailen Sheridan will be the two options for Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy. Preseason camp invitees Tori Corsaro, Kaycee Gunion and Christiana Ogunsami are no longer on the roster, while the NWSL rights to 2018 College Draft pick Casey Murphy remain with Sky Blue FC while she is playing in France for Montpellier Hérault.
 
The Sky Blue FC defender corps now consists of Cassidy Benintente, Mary Fiebernitz, Monica Flores, Mandy Freeman, Christina Gibbons, Kayla Mills, Amandine Pierre-Louis, Domi Richardson, Erin Simon, Erica Skroski and Rebekah Stott, while Amanda Frisbee is currently out-of-market. Preseason camp invitees Christa Neary and Jessica Vigna are no longer on the roster.
 
Options at the midfielder position are Kelly Conheeney, Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd, Kiana Palacios, Raquel Rodriguez, Thaisa Moreno and Madison Tiernan, with Daphne Corboz remaining an out-of-market contracted player while she is competing with FC Fleury 91 in France. Preseason camp invitees Nicole Baxter, Alli Magaletta and Ani Sarkisian are no longer on the roster.
 
Michaela Abam, Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Savannah McCaskill and McKenzie Meehan comprise the group of forwards available to Reddy, while Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon are currently out-of-market with the Canada Women’s National Team. The NWSL rights to 2018 College Draft pick Imani Dorsey remain with Sky Blue FC as she finishes up her education at Duke University.

2018 SKY BLUE FC PRESEASON ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Casey, Casey Murphy (CDP), Kailen Sheridan (OOM)
 
DEFENDERS (12): Cassidy Benintente, Mary Fiebernitz, Monica Flores, Mandy Freeman, Amanda Frisbie (OOM), Christina Gibbons, Kayla Mills, Amandine Pierre-Louis (CDP), Domi Richardson, Erin Simon, Erica Skroski, Rebekah Stott (NYR)
 
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kelly Conheeney, Daphne Corboz (OOM), Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd, Kiana Palacios (CDP), Raquel Rodriguez, Thaisa Moreno (NYR), Madison Tiernan
 
FORWARDS (9): Michaela Abam (CDP), Janine Beckie (OOM), Imani Dorsey (CDP), Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon (OOM), Savannah McCaskill, McKenzie Meehan
 
Key:
NYR – Not Yet Reported
OOM – Out-of-Market Contracted Player
CDP – College Draft Pick

Sky Blue FC Looking for Another Preseason Win

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Next on the preseason slate for Sky Blue FC is a 1:00 p.m. contest against West Virginia University this Saturday, March 10. Sky Blue FC will then conclude its NWSL preseason docket when it welcomes St. John’s University into Sportika Sports for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, March 18.

All Sky Blue FC preseason matches are open to the public, and admission to attend is free. Sportika Sports, which is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Sky Blue FC Preseason, is located at 150 Woodward Road in Manalapan, N.J.