Sky Blue FC NJ

7‑7‑2 , 4‑2‑1 Home

3
Final
Sat, Jul 8

FC Kansas CityKC

3‑7‑4 , 1‑6‑1 Away

2

Yurcak Field

Piscataway, New Jersey

Attendance: 2,091

Sam Kerr hat trick leads Sky Blue FC to a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over FC Kansas City

Kerr is now the NWSL's all-time leading scorer

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Sam Kerr notched a hat trick in the game’s final 12 minutes as Sky Blue FC stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at home over an FC Kansas City side playing with 10 after Shea Groom was red carded at the end of the first half.

Kerr’s hat trick pulled her into a tie with Megan Rapinoe for the league lead with nine goals this season. It also gave her 35 career goals, moving her two ahead of Jess McDonald for the most goals in NWSL history.

The win came in Sky Blue FC’s historic 100th NWSL game, in front of a home crowd of 2,091, as the Jersey side became the first team to reach the mark.

It’s the 11th all-time hat trick in NWSL history and the latest start to an NWSL hat trick, with Kerr’s first goal coming in the 78th minute.

With FC Kansas City up 2-0, Groom was ejected in the final minute of first half stoppage time after an incident involving Erica Skroski. The play started with Skroski pulling Groom’s left arm from behind. Groom then turned and raised both arms, appearing to make contact above the shoulders on Skroski.

After blowing the whistle, referee Amber O’Connor conferred with both assistant referees, Benjamin Wooten and Amilcar Sicaju. O’Connor then issued a yellow card to Skorski and a red card to Groom. The red card means Groom will also be suspended for Kansas City’s next match.

Sky Blue FC came out strong in the second half, pressing for the win, which they would get thanks to Kerr’s performance.

Her first goal came in the 78th minute, a brilliant diving header after a perfect cross into the box from Sky Blue FC defender Kelley O’Hara. Kerr snuck past defender Becky Sauerbrunn to get on the end of the pass from O’Hara, sending her header to the near post and past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.

Her second goal came just three minutes later, a right-footed shot from about 15 yards out to tie the game. Daphne Corboz threaded it through the KC defense, to the feet of Kerr, who one-timed it past Barnhart to make it 2-2.

But Sam Kerr was not done, not on Saturday night at Yurcak Field. In the 90th minute, with Sauerbrunn marking her tightly, Kerr took a pass from second half sub Taylor Lytle, and calmly slotted a right-footed shot past Barnhart to the lower left corner of the goal for the game-winner

Sky Blue FC’s win on Saturday night was also a comeback win for the NWSL record books. It’s only the second time in NWSL regular season history that a team has erased a two goal deficit to win a game. The first was September 25, 2016, as Seattle came back from 2-0 to win 3-2 on the road over Houston (though the Reign’s comeback started earlier than Sky Blue’s). It’s also the eighth time in NWSL history that a team came back for a win after trailing with 15 minutes or less to go in the game. The seventh time happened a week and a half ago, also at Yurcak Field, when Orlando scored two late goals in a 3-2 win over Sky Blue.

FCKC was also on the losing end in the 2013 playoffs as Portland erased a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in extra time.

FC Kansas City started the match off strong, with goals from Katie Bowen in the 29th minute and Christina Gibbons in the 42nd, before Groom was sent off. But in the second half, the Blues just could not compete with Sky Blue’s sustained attack. Kansas City’s last shot came in the 53rd minute, followed by 18 unanswered offensive attempts — including Kerr’s three goals — from Sky Blue FC.

Sky Blue FC are now 7-6-1 with 22 points. FC Kansas City are now 3-6-4 with 13 points.

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
8

Erica Skroski

Defender
  45 + 4'   67'
3

Christie Pearce

Defender
22

Mandy Freeman

Defender
  27'
19

Kelley O'Hara

Defender
73

Madison Tiernan

Midfielder
  47'
5

Maya Hayes

Midfielder
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
11

Raquel Rodriguez

Midfielder
10

Daphne Corboz

Midfielder
20

Samantha Kerr

Forward
  78', 81', 90'

substitutes

2

McKenzie Meehan

Substitute
6

Taylor Lytle

Substitute
  47'
7

Nikki Stanton

Substitute
12

Kim DeCesare

Substitute
15

Kayla Mills

Substitute
  27'
21

Leah Galton

Substitute
  67'
27

Caroline Casey

Substitute

manager

 

Christy Holly

Manager

FC Kansas City

18

Nicole Barnhart

Goalkeeper
3

Becca Moros

Defender
10

Yael Averbuch

Defender
4

Becky Sauerbrunn

Defender
13

Brittany Taylor

Defender
25

Brittany Ratcliffe

Midfielder
  57'
31

Christina Gibbons

Midfielder
  42'
11

Desiree Scott

Midfielder
6

Katie Bowen

Midfielder
  73'   29'
14

Sydney Leroux

Forward
  83'
2

Shea Groom

Forward
  45 + 4'

substitutes

15

Erika Tymrak

Substitute
19

Catherine Parkhill

Substitute
21

Caroline Flynn

Substitute
  57'
44

Maegan Kelly

Substitute
  73'
88

Alexa Newfield

Substitute
  83'

manager

 

Vlatko Andonovski

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Sky Blue 3, FC Kansas City 2.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, Sky Blue 3, FC Kansas City 2.

90'

GOAL

Goal! Sky Blue 3, FC Kansas City 2. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

89'

MISS

Attempt missed. Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

88'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

88'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara with a cross.

88'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue).

87'

FREE KICK WON

Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kayla Mills.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, FC Kansas City. Alexa Newfield replaces Sydney Leroux.

81'

GOAL

Goal! Sky Blue 2, FC Kansas City 2. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daphne Corboz.

78'

GOAL

Goal! Sky Blue 1, FC Kansas City 2. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara with a cross.

74'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Taylor Lytle (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daphne Corboz with a through ball.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, FC Kansas City. Maegan Kelly replaces Katie Bowen.

71'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raquel Rodríguez.

69'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Katie Bowen.

67'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Leah Galton replaces Erica Skroski.

67'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Taylor Lytle (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

66'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

66'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City).

65'

MISS

Attempt missed. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raquel Rodríguez.

63'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

63'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Nicole Barnhart.

63'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

62'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

62'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Rebecca Moros.

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara with a cross.

57'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, FC Kansas City. Caroline Flynn replaces Brittany Ratcliffe.

57'

FREE KICK WON

Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City).

55'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Daphne Corboz tries a through ball, but Kelley O'Hara is caught offside.

53'

MISS

Attempt missed. Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

52'

MISS

Attempt missed. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Maya Hayes.

51'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daphne Corboz.

50'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Becky Sauerbrunn.

49'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

48'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Desiree Scott.

48'

MISS

Attempt missed. Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Taylor Lytle replaces Madison Tiernan.

START

Second Half begins Sky Blue 0, FC Kansas City 2.

45'+6'

END 1

First Half ends, Sky Blue 0, FC Kansas City 2.

45'+4'

RED CARD

Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

45'+4'

YELLOW CARD

Erica Skroski (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Erica Skroski (Sky Blue).

45'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45'+1'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara with a cross.

45'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Rebecca Moros.

45'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42'

GOAL

Goal! Sky Blue 0, FC Kansas City 2. Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Desiree Scott.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sydney Leroux.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35'

MISS

Attempt missed. Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christina Gibbons.

35'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Rebecca Moros (FC Kansas City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

34'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

33'

CORNER

Corner, FC Kansas City. Conceded by Christie Pearce.

30'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue).

30'

FREE KICK WON

Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29'

GOAL

Goal! Sky Blue 0, FC Kansas City 1. Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christina Gibbons.

27'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Kayla Mills replaces Mandy Freeman because of an injury.

26'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24'

START DELAY

Delay in match Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue) because of an injury.

23'

FREE KICK WON

Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Shea Groom (FC Kansas City).

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Maya Hayes (Sky Blue).

21'

MISS

Attempt missed. Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

20'

OFFSIDE

Offside, FC Kansas City. Christina Gibbons tries a through ball, but Sydney Leroux is caught offside.

18'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Brittany Taylor (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christina Gibbons.

17'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raquel Rodríguez.

17'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Rebecca Moros.

14'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City).

13'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

11'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Rebecca Moros (FC Kansas City).

11'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Becky Sauerbrunn.

11'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Brittany Ratcliffe (FC Kansas City).

10'

MISS

Attempt missed. Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

9'

CORNER

Corner, FC Kansas City. Conceded by Erica Skroski.

9'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Katie Bowen.

7'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maya Hayes.

6'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City).

6'

FREE KICK WON

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4'

CORNER

Corner, FC Kansas City. Conceded by Kailen Sheridan.

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

3'

FREE KICK WON

Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3'

MISS

Attempt missed. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara with a cross.

1'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NJ
KO HT FT 90+
27
Kayla Mills 15
Mandy Freeman 22
47
Taylor Lytle 6
Madison Tiernan 73
57
Caroline Flynn 21
Brittany Ratcliffe 25
67
Leah Galton 21
Erica Skroski 8
73
Maegan Kelly 44
Katie Bowen 6
83
Alexa Newfield 88
Sydney Leroux 14
29
goal

Katie Bowen 6

Assisted by: Christina Gibbons 31

42
goal

Christina Gibbons 31

Assisted by: Desiree Scott 11

78
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Kelley O'Hara 19

81
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Daphne Corboz 10

90
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Taylor Lytle 6

45 +4
yellow card

Erica Skroski 8

45 +4
red card

Shea Groom 2

KC

Goals & Assists

29′ FC Kansas City
Katie Bowen
Assisted by: Christina Gibbons
42′ FC Kansas City
Christina Gibbons
Assisted by: Desiree Scott
78′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Kelley O'Hara
81′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Daphne Corboz
90′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Taylor Lytle

Disciplinary

45 + 4′ Sky Blue FC
Erica Skroski
45 + 4′ FC Kansas City
Shea Groom

Substitutions

27′ Sky Blue FC
  Kayla Mills
  Mandy Freeman
47′ Sky Blue FC
  Taylor Lytle
  Madison Tiernan
57′ FC Kansas City
  Caroline Flynn
  Brittany Ratcliffe
67′ Sky Blue FC
  Leah Galton
  Erica Skroski
73′ FC Kansas City
  Maegan Kelly
  Katie Bowen
83′ FC Kansas City
  Alexa Newfield
  Sydney Leroux


NJ

Match Statistics


KC

28
Shots
16
10
Shots On Goal
5
9
Shots Blocked
7
8
Corners
3
32
Crosses
12
1
Offsides
1
5
Fouls
4
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
1
583
Total Passes
346
84%
Passing Accuracy
73.4%
62.9%
Possession
37.1%
44
Duels Won
52
13
Tackles Won
17
3
Saves
6
15
Clearances
38

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
8 D Erica Skroski 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 D Christie Pearce 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 D Mandy Freeman 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
19 D Kelley O'Hara 90 0 1 3 3 2 1 0 1
73 M Madison Tiernan 47 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5 M Maya Hayes 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 1 0
16 M Sarah Killion 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1
11 M Raquel Rodriguez 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1
10 M Daphne Corboz 90 0 1 4 4 6 0 0 0
20 F Samantha Kerr 90 3 0 9 9 0 0 1 1
2 S McKenzie Meehan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 S Taylor Lytle 43 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
7 S Nikki Stanton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Kim DeCesare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Kayla Mills 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S Leah Galton 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 2 16 3 0 0 0 0
3 D Becca Moros 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
10 D Yael Averbuch 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Becky Sauerbrunn 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
13 D Brittany Taylor 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
25 M Brittany Ratcliffe 57 0 0 4 4 0 0 2 0
31 M Christina Gibbons 90 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 0
11 M Desiree Scott 90 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 1
6 M Katie Bowen 73 1 0 2 2 3 0 1 0
14 F Sydney Leroux 83 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
2 F Shea Groom 45 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 2
15 S Erika Tymrak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Catherine Parkhill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S Caroline Flynn 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 S Maegan Kelly 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 S Alexa Newfield 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
18 G Nicole Barnhart 90 3 28 6 0 0 0 0