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SKY BLUE FC DEFEAT FC KANSAS CITY 1-0
SBFC extend winning streak to four games

(May 25, 2013) – Sky Blue FC extended their winning streak to four games defeating FC Kansas City 1-0 on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. A 22nd minute red card to Kansas City defender Lauren Sesselmann handed Sky Blue FC a penalty and forced them to play the remainder of the game a player down. Midfielder Sophie Schmidt scored the lone goal for SBFC, converting a penalty kick past Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.

The game’s first half was characterized by a determined home team, which dominated early possession. FC Kansas City’s U.S. international Lauren Cheney had a goal called offside in the 10th minute. But as she has all season for Sky Blue FC, Australian stand-out Lisa De Vanna made the difference for her team in the first half. De Vanna made a run into the box, trailed by several FC Kansas City players, including Canadian international Lauren Sesselmann. Sesselmann clearly yanked the jersey of De Vanna, pulling her to the ground.

The referee awarded a PK. Sophie Schmidt took the shot, beating keeper Nicole Barnhardt with a goal to the lower right corner, notching her league-leading 5th goal of the season. Sesselmann was subsequently shown a red card, leaving FC Kansas City a player down from the 22nd minute.

In other first half drama, Sky Blue FC’s Kelley O’Hara came out of the game in the 26th minute with a right ankle injury which was wrapped in ice for the remainder of the game. She was replaced by Taylor Lytle. The first half concluded with one of many strong attempts, including a variety of weaving runs by defender Caitlin Foord, who almost doubled the score in the 40th with a 25-yard rocket saved by Barnhardt.

From the 50th minute, Sky Blue FC dictated the tempo and took over a greater portion of possession of the game. In the 55th minute, Schmidt had a cross near the goal that De Vanna nearly finished. In 79-degree temperatures and before a crowd of 4,186, the team held on. As Coach Jim Gabarra pointed out, "The team was fatigued from the cumulative effects of three road games over two weeks (which was coupled with a high pollen count in the FC Kansas City game). The players showed a lot of character. It was a gritty performance and a great team effort."

Toward the end of the game, the home team picked up its attempt to equalize. FC Kansas City substituted defenders and added speed up top. In the 79th minute, substitute forward Courtney Jones had a cross to Renae Cuellar that the Mexican international couldn’t quite put away. In the final minute, Sky Blue FC keeper Brittany Cameron snagged the ball in another close attempt by forward Cuellar, maintaining a clean sheet for her last four games. Cameron currently holds the best GK record in the NWSL.

 
 
 
GOALS
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC(6-1-1)
1
0
1
FC Kansas City(3-2-1)
0
0
0
 
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
Goal  Time    Team                          Goal Scorer                     Assists                               Note
   1       23        Sky Blue FC                Sophie Schmidt                PK

  
                               

 
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
 
Time
 
Team
##
 
Player
Card
Reason
22
FC Kansas City
14
Lauren Sesselmann
Red Card
Holding
 
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
 
Time       Team                                 OUT                                              IN
26           SkyBlueFC                #19 Kelley O’Hara                         #6 Taylor Lytle
60           FC Kansas City         #17 Sinead Farrelly                      #15 Erika Tymrak
69           FC Kansas City         #9 Merritt Mathias                        #8 Courtney Jones
83           SkyBlueFC                #11 Lisa De Vanna                       #13 Melanie Booth
87           FC Kansas City         #19 Kristie Mewis                         #20 Katie Kelly

 

 
 
SHOTS
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
5
5
10
FC Kansas City
4
9
13
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
2
3
5
FC Kansas City
2
5
7
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
2
5
7
FC Kansas City
1
3
4
 
 
 
CORNER KICKS
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
2
2
4
FC Kansas City
3
1
4
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
1
2
3
FC Kansas City
1
2
3
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Sky Blue FC
4
5
9
FC Kansas City
1
2
3
 
 

Officials: 
Referee:
John McCloskey
Asst.Referee: Ross Kleinstuber; Cory Richardson
FourthOfficial: Kyle Atkins
Attendance: 4186

 

 
Sky Blue FC Player Stats
 
##
3
Name(*forstarters)
Christie Rampone*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
0
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
0
FS
0
5
Kendall Johnson*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
9
Danesha Adams*
90
0
0
1
1
0
0
4
0
1
0
22
Manya Makoski*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
Brittany Cameron*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
23
Katy Freels-Frierson*
90
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
Courtney Goodson*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
Sophie Schmidt*
90
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
Caitlin Foord*
90
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
11
Lisa De Vanna*
83
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
3
2
1
6
Taylor Lytle
64
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
19
Kelley O’Hara*
26
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
13
Melanie Booth
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

TEAM TOTAL                       990         1         0           10           5        0             0       4        3          9      3
Sky Blue FC Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      Brittany Cameron*
90
0
11
5
5
W


 

TEAMTOTAL                                     90            0          11              5         5
 
 
 
 
FC Kansas City Player Stats
 

##
18
Name(*forstarters)
Nicole Barnhart*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
1
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
0
FS
0
4
Becky Sauerbrunn*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
6
Jen Buczkowski*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
13
Leigh Ann Robinson*
90
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
Renae Cuellar*
90
0
0
6
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
11
Desiree Scott*
90
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
12
Lauren Cheney*
90
0
0
3
1
0
0
2
1
0
1
19
Kristie Mewis*
87
0
0
1
1
0
0
2
0
0
1
9
Merritt Mathias*
69
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
17
Sinead Farrelly*
60
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
15
Erika Tymrak
30
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
Lauren Sesselmann*
22
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
8
Courtney Jones
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
20
Katie Kelly
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
TEAM TOTAL
922
0
0
13
7
0
1
4
3
3
9

 

FC Kansas City Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
18    Nicole Barnhart*
90
1
9
4
3
L

TEAM TOTAL                                    90           1             9             4          3