Utah Royals FC won their first road match in club history as it downed Sky Blue FC 2-0 at Yurcak Field. An early goal from Forward Diana Matheson in the 3rd minute opened up the match early, while a late own-goal from Sky Blue FC handed the Utah side the victory.
Just three minutes into the match, Midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir received the ball on the far side of the attacking third and crossed the ball in to the diving feet of Diana Matheson within the six-yard box. Looking much like the Gunny goal in the club’s inaugural game at Orlando City Stadium, Matheson’s diving volley gave the Utah side their first goal in New Jersey.
The lead was short-lived however, with Blue FC forward Shea Groom finding the back of net in the 10th minute by getting on the end of a cross from Forward Katelyn Johnson. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart – who registered her first start on the season – read the shot, but was unable to get a handon it, making it 1-1 for a majority of the match. Though Barnhart did not register the desired clean-sheet, she did make two big saves in the box.
Near the end of the match, Jonsdottir again received the ball on the far-side wing, taking a touch before crossing a long ball into the box in the 85th minute. A set of streaking strikers – Forwards Katie Stengel and Elise Thorsnes – raced to meet the cross, but not before Blue FC defender Mandy Freeman deflected the ball into the net to solidify the scoreline.
URFC now gets a week-long break as the FIFA window begins, meaning the USWNT and international stars will each head out to represent “Club and Country.” You can catch some of the action at home, with Team USA playing against China PR at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. MT.
Following the FIFA play, Utah Royals FC will travel back to the east coast to take on the leading team in the NWSL table, N.C. Courage, at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, June 16. The match will be the second meeting between the clubs in URFC’s inaugural season.
Match: Utah Royals FC vs Sky Blue FC
Date: June 2, 2018
Venue: Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 62 degrees F
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Utah Royals FC 1 1 2
Sky Blue FC 1 0 1
UTA: Matheson (Jonsdottir), 3’
SBFC: Groom (Johnson), 10’
SBFC: Freeman (Own-Goal), 85’
Utah Royals FC (4-3-3): Nicole Barnhart, Brooke Elby, Rachel Corsie, Sydney Miramontez, Becca Moros, Desiree Scott, Gunny Jonsdottir, Katrina Gorry (Elise Thorsnes, 75’), Diana Matheson, Katie Stengel (Brittany Ratcliffe, 87’), Taylor Lytle (Lo’eau LaBonta, 66’)
Substitutes not used: EJ Proctor, Katie Bowen, Alexa Newfield, Erika Tymrak
Sky Blue FC (4-3-3): Kailen Sheridan, Amanda Frisbie (Dominique Richardson, 31), Rebekah Stott, Mandy Freeman, Christina Gibbons, Thaisa Moreno (Raquel Rodriguez, 62’), Janine Beckie, Sarah Killion, Shea Groom, Katie Johnson (Jennifer Hoy, 76’), Madison Tiernan
Substitutes not used: Micheala Abam, Imani Dorsey, Kaycee Gunion, McKenzie Meehan
Stats Summary: UTA / SBFC
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 3
Offside: 5 / 4
SBFC: Madison Tiernan – 92’ (Caution)
Referee: Lorant Varga
Assistant Referees: Walter Heatherly, Mathew Osterhouse
Fourth Official: Szczepan Dziewa