The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
On Thursday night, SBFC faced the Portland Thorns in front of a crowd of 11,055 Portlandians. The game marked a match-up between the top two ranked teams in the NWSL. A hard-fought 80+ minutes paid off when Taylor Lytle scored the lone goal of the game and gave Sky Blue a win on the road.
The match was battle from the start. Portland seemed to hold most of the control for the first 20 minutes. Christine Sinclair took a dangerous shot in the first minute, but it never saw the back of the net. Portland was issued three corner kicks in the beginning of the half and was testing the SBFC defense. New Jersey began controlling the match in the 24th minute when Danesha Adams and Katy Freels both took shots on goal. Sky Blue earned their first corner of the match in the 43rd minute and continued to press the Thorns’ defense until the whistle.
In the second half, Portland and NJ continued to duel. Each taking their fair share of shots on goal. Christie Rampone did an excellent job of containing Alex Morgan, while Goodson, O’Hara, and Foord were able to hold back the rest of Portland’s attack.
Taylor Lytle came on for Kendall Johnson in the 79th minute as a super-sub. She was on the pitch for no more than 60 seconds before ripping a shot past Karina LeBlanc from 30 yards out. From then on, the Thorns led a desperate attack. Sky Blue’s defense easily kept them back and held on to the 1-0 lead until the final whistle.
The win gave New Jersey the three points it needed to tie Portland for first place with 13 points overall.
Sky Blue will next face the Seattle Reign on Sunday at 9pm EST. The game will mark the second of three away matches before SBFC returns home to Yurcak Stadium on June 1st.