Utah Royals FC tied Sky Blue FC with the last kick of the game Saturday night at Yurcak field, reversing a 0-2 halftime deficit, and earning a critical point towards keeping their 2018 playoff hopes alive. After conceding an early goal in each half, Taylor Lyle provided URFC with a much needed spark, forcing a New Jersey own goal midway through the second half. Amy Rodriguez completed the comeback with a dramatic stoppage time goal.
Sky Blue FC opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a goal by Katie Johnson. After the break, Johnson extended New Jersey’s lead with her second goal of the game in the 48th minute.
After a half hour weather delay, URFC returned to the pitch with more intensity and urgency. Although Sky Blue remained dangerous throughout the rest of the half, URFC’s attacking pressure was relentless, causing a Sky Blue own goal in the 58th minute. URFC pushed on for the equalizer, which finally came in the 94th minute after a Gunny Jonsdottir cross into the box bounced off of two Sky Blue defenders and Katie Stengel poked the ball to Christen Press. After trying to lose her mark, Press left the ball for Amy Rodriguez, who hit a powerful, one-time strike into the top left corner of the goal.
URFC will be looking to keep their playoff aspirations alive when they face the Washington Spirit Wednesday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. MT. When the two teams met at Rio Tinto Stadium just last week, a Katie Stengel goal gave URFC all three points.
Match: Utah Royals FC vs Sky Blue FC
Date: August 18, 2018
Venue: Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Weather: Overcast, Lightning Delay, 78 F
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Utah Royals FC 0 2 2
Sky Blue FC 1 1 2
NJ: Johnson, 14’
NJ: Johnson, 48’
UTA: Richardson (OG), 58’
UTA: Rodriguez, 94’
Utah Royals FC (4-3-3): Nicole Barnhart, Rebecca Moros (Samantha Johnson 69’), Rachel Corsie, Becky Sauerbrunn, Katie Bowen, Gunny Jonsdottir, Lo’eau Labonta, Erika Tymrak (Taylor Lytle 57’), Diana Matheson (Katie Stengel 51’), Christen Press, Amy Rodriguez
Subs not used: Abby Smith, Katrina Gorry, Brittany Ratcliffe, Desiree Scott.
Sky Blue: (4-4-2): Kailen Sheridan, Amanda Frisbie, Sarah Killion, Dominique Richardson, Christina Gibbons, Imani Dorsey (85’ Jennifer Hoy), Carli Lloyd, Raquel Rodridguez, Estefania Tiernan, Katie Johnson (Mckenzie Meehan 66’),Savannah Mccaskill.
Subs not used: Caroline Kasey, Mandy Freeman, Amandine Pierre-Louis
Stats Summary: UTA / WASH
Shots: 18 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 14
NJ: Sarah Killion, 39’ Yellow
NJ: Carli Lloyd, 69’ Yellow
NJ: Madison Tiernan, 76’ Yellow
Center: Guido Gonzales Jr.
First Assistant: Brooke Mayo
Second Official: Dan Stupca
Fourth: Hamed Sadeghi