WPS: Sky Blue notches playoff victory
BOYDS, Md. -- It may have taken four tries, but Sky Blue FC finally got their first win Saturday over the Washington Freedom.
And now, buoyed by their 2-1 win, Sky Blue will get to take on another team they're 0-3 against -- this time in Wednesday's Women's Professional Soccer Super Semifinal, where they take on Saint Louis.
At game time, the temperature was hovering around 92 degrees. Although neither team found the net in the first half, it didn't take long for things to heat up in the second half.
In the 55th minute,
"I knew I needed to come in and help the team out and give that extra fire, that spark," Kai said. "I don't know if Kacey was trying to shoot it or if it was more like a half cross. It had a weird spin to it and I knew Cat (Whitehill) had no idea I was behind her. I knew that if I beat her to the ball, it was an easy goal for me."
In the 78th minute, Washington Freedom forward
In the 84th minute, Francielle, also a second-half substitute, beat one defender and fired a shot into the net for a 2-1 lead.
"After our goal, I really felt like the team settled in and even though they scored, I still felt pretty confident in the team," Sky Blue interim head coach
Wednesday's semifinal starts at 7 p.m. Saint Louis finished the regular season in second place.
The Super Semifinal winner will advance to face the regular-season champion Los Angeles Sol in the WPS Championship Sat., Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. ET.