Once again, it was Raquel Rodriguez to the rescue for Sky Blue FC at home. Three weeks after she won the game in the 83rd minute, she was back at it again, scoring the game-winner in the 85th minute as Sky Blue topped the Houston Dash 2-1 in front of 2,476 fans at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.
It’s their second straight win over Houston, who they beat 3-1 last week, and the first time Sky Blue FC has won back-to-back games this season
“It’s really important for our team, especially because we’re trying to work on consistency,” Rodriguez told Kate Markgraf on Lifetime after the game. “This only highers our standards and keeps us hungry for more.”
Rodriguez’s goal came off a free kick from midfielder Daphne Corboz. With the scored tie 1-1 in the 84th minute, Houston defender Cami Privett was issued a yellow card for a foul on forward Leah Galton about 30 yards from goal. Corboz sent the ensuing free kick into the box where Rodriguez toe-poked it past Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams after a missed clearance by the Houston defense.
“All I remember is the ball got loose. There were many bodies in the box,” Rodriguez said. “We talked about how we just had to place it, in the first half we had many opportunities — but this time we were able to finish it.”
Sky Blue FC got on the board first in the 20th minute after another penalty kick scored by Sarah Killion, her fourth of the season and eighth of her NWSL career. She know leads the league with five goals. Killion’s PK came after forward Sam Kerr earned a foul in the box.
Houston came back though and Andressa scored in the 40th minute to make it 1-1 before halftime.
“We started really well and then we dropped off after the goal. I think we’re still building,” Kerr said on Lifetime after the game. “Obviously, a win’s a win, and we’re happy, but yeah, we’ve still got a lot to grown on.”