The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
On Wednesday night, SBFC hosted the Chicago Red Stars in their second home opener of the season. It was a relatively slow-paced match until the final ten minutes when both goals were scored.
The game was delayed about half an hour after a lightning storm passed through the NJ area, but that didn’t stop SBFC and CRS from coming out fighting. Minutes after kickoff, Chicago nearly scored when Cameron came out for a save and the slippery conditions caused her to drop the ball. In the fourth minute, Carmelina Moscato earned herself a yellow card for a hard tackle outside the Chicago penalty box. Erin McLeod had her work cut out for her, fighting off many shots from De Vanna and cutting off crosses from Danesha Adams.
Brittany Cameron came up big in the second half when Lori Chalupny broke free and fired a shot. Cameron came out and was able to get her hands on it and deflect it away.
The game picked up pace in the 80th minute when Caitlin Foord rifled a shot from the top of the penalty box off a deflection. McLeod was out of position but the ball hit the cross bar and bounced down in front of goal. The goalkeeper made it back in time to punch the ball out of danger.
About two minutes later, Kendall Johnson got her foot on a ball but sent it just wide. In the 88th minute, she made a short pass to Sophie Schmidt who sailed it past McLeod and into the goal to give SBFC the lead.
Chicago equalized in what seemed like seconds later, as Mautz got her foot on a deflected corner kick and slipped it past Cameron to make it 1-1. The celebration music was still playing in the background from the SBFC goal, that’s how quick it took to equalize. In the last minute of stoppage, Ella Masar was able to make a run and score on Cameron but was called offsides, ending the game with a draw.
USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni and US fitness coach Dawn Scott were in attendance at the match. The duo have been passing through many NWSL games in the recent weeks and showing their support for the league.
Sky Blue will next face Seattle Reign at home on Saturday, May 11th.