Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride
Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET | Yurcak Field | Piscataway, N.J.
Tiernan scored the first goal of her NWSL career for Sky Blue three minutes into their Week 10 match against the Chicago Red Stars, but Sky Blue were unable to make the early lead hold up. After giving up a pair of goals in the span of four minutes in the second half, they ultimately fell to a 2-1 road loss.
Regardless, head coach Christy Holly will be pleased with what he’s seen from Tiernan – Sky Blue’s No. 24 overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. The goal for the Rutgers product comes on the heels of notching her first professional assist in the previous match. Tiernan’s start in Week 10 is her third of the season, with nine appearances so far in 2017.
Sky Blue has now traded wins and losses in each of their last six matches ahead of what is an important week for the club. They host Orlando on Wednesday before they go on the road to face the league leading North Carolina Courage on Saturday.
The New Jersey side has yet to lose to the Pride in their three previous meetings – including both encounters at Yurcak Field in 2016 – and have 2-0-1 record all-time against their opponents Wednesday.
The midweek match against Orlando will begin a stretch for Sky Blue that will see them play three of their next four – as well as six of their next nine – in front of their own fans. Good news for a club that ranks No. 3 at home this season with a 3-1-0 record.
In contrast, the Pride have struggled on their travels this year, posting a 1-3-2 record away from home. They have to settle for the seventh-ranked road record in the NWSL so far this season, with five points from six away games.
Krieger and her fellow defenders will be looking to help change that trend when they take the field Wednesday. Orlando will also hope to improve their performance at the back – having conceded 15 times in 10 matches so far this year, including allowing two goals in each of the last two games.
The Pride will come in to the contest aiming to bounce back from a 2-0 home loss against the Houston Dash in Week 10. Orlando was shutout for the first time in nine games.
It was also just the second time in the last seven games that Marta failed to get her name on the scoresheet with either a goal or an assist – although the Brazil international nearly notched her sixth goal of the year with a first-half header against the Dash that forced a fantastic save from Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell.
The Pride have scored in each of their last five road games, but will be looking for just the second shutout away from home in club history.
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