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OCT 27
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Sam Kerr creates late magic again as Sky Blue and Red Stars draw 2-2
Huerta, Press score early for Chicago, but late drama rules again at Yurcak
Sam Kerr scored her tenth goal of the season to help Sky Blue FC claw back for a late 2-2 draw vs. the Chicago Red Stars. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for isiphotos.com)
Sam Kerr scored her tenth goal of the season to help Sky Blue FC claw back for a late 2-2 draw vs. the Chicago Red Stars. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for isiphotos.com)

The Chicago Red Stars looked ready to leave New Jersey with all three points, but the back-to-back NWSL Player of Month Samantha Kerr thought otherwise. Kerr scored her 10th goal of the season to equalize in the 90th minute for Sky Blue FC, and earn the point at Yurcak Field in a 2-2 draw.

The Chicago Red Stars kicked off the scoring, with an early goal from forward Sofia Huerta in the 4th minute. Christen Press provided the assist after beating Sky Blue defender Christie Pearce to a ball in the midfield.

Press would score her own in the 26th minute to put the Red Stars up by two on the road.  Chicago defender Casey Short faced pressure from Sky Blue’s Kelley O’Hara, and pushed the ball back to Vanessa DiBernardo outside the box. DiBernardo sent the ball in with her right foot, where Press split her defenders and chested the ball down for a finish past goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

Sky Blue FC didn’t need to wait too long to start on their comeback. Forward Maya Hayes got a second-chance opportunity right in front of goal as Chicago’s Alyssa Naeher came out to block her shot but couldn’t fully control the ball.

Both Naeher and Sheridan were busy on Saturday night at Yurcak. While both conceded two goals, Sheridan came up with seven saves, Naeher with six. Sheridan in particular was crucial during the second half, as she came up with stops against both of Chicago’s goal scorers Huerta and Press to keep Sky Blue FC in the hunt.

But who else could it be for the equalizer but Sam Kerr? This time, midfielder Sarah Killion provided the aerial service from the right wing as Kerr drifted a step behind Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz. And once again, with her team needing a huge goal, Kerr provided the finish with her head.

Just some more late game dramatics on the pitch in Piscataway this season:

Chicago, after four games on the road, finally returns home to Toyota Park next Saturday. They host the Orlando Pride, who will be brimming with confidence after a big 4-1 win over FC Kansas City this Saturday night. Sky Blue FC heads to the West Coast for a late game against Seattle Reign FC at 10:00 p.m. ET next Saturday, with the top of the table almost in their sights.

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