Kerr, O’Hara lead Sky Blue FC to wild 4-3 win in Boston
Kerr broke the single season scoring record with her 17th goal on Saturday
Sam Kerr scored her 17th of the season, and a NWSL record. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/
Sam Kerr scored her 17th of the season, and a NWSL record. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/

Sam Kerr was chasing history, and in the final match of the 2017 NWSL season for Sky Blue FC, she caught it.

Kerr scored her 17th goal of the season during a wild night in Boston, as Sky Blue spoiled the Boston Breaker’s home closer with a 4-3 win. As was the prevailing theme of the night, it was a late goal that sealed it from Kelley O’Hara in the 87th minute.

During the first half, Natasha Dowie kicked things off with a brace in three minutes, finishing back-to-back chances in the 25th and 28th minutes.

Kerr was the first one on the scoreboard for Sky Blue, finding the back of the net in the 34th minute for the record breaker.

While there may have been some initial doubts, Kerr’s volley on the ball from Maya Hayes counted, and Kerr is now the sole holder of the record for most goals scored in a single NWSL season, as well as the leading all-time goalscorer in the NWSL.

The first half would end with Boston up 2-1, and it would stay that way for another 30 minutes. But Sky Blue got back-to-back goals of their own thanks to Madison Tiernan in the 76th minute and Erica Skroski in the 78th minute.

Boston got some help from Sky Blue to claw their way back into the game, after goalkeeper Caroline Casey contributed an own goal after failing to fully block a shot from rookie forward Ifeoma Onumonu.

Ultimately, it was Sky Blue co-captain Kelley O’Hara who finished things off in the 87th minute.

O’Hara finished the match with a goal and an assist, and helped Sky Blue FC to a sixth-place finish for the 2017 season.

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