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LOS ANGELES SOL AND SKY BLUE FC PLAY TO SCORELESS DRAW AT YURCAK FIELD
The rain clearly affected play from outset, as both teams struggled to complete passes on the soggy field. Sky Blue had the better of the play in the early, with Natasha Kai, Hosana and Heather O’Reilly all taking shots in the first five minutes. However, none of them troubled Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.
In the 11th minute, the Sol nearly went ahead when midfielder Aly Wagner served a long ball into the box that troubled Sky Blue ‘keeper Jenni Branham, who was able to push it out of harm’s way at the last possible instant. Four minutes later, Kai ran on to ball long ball from Kacey White and struck a low ball that beat LeBlanc but rattled the left post and the game remaining scoreless.
After the teams traded chances for the better part of 30 minutes, Sky Blue nearly jumped on top just before the interval when Hosana uncorked a right-footed blast that went just wide of LeBlanc’s and the teams headed to the locker rooms in a scoreless deadlock.
The second half belonged to the home team; Sky Blue outshot the Sol by a 7-2 margin, but was unable to get a shot past LeBlanc, who recorded her league-best eighth shutout.
The Los Angeles Sol hosts FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) on Sunday, June 21 at 3pm at The Home Depot Center on the Campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. For more information or to purchase tickets today, please call toll free at 1-877-4-SOL-TIX (476-5849) or visit www.LosAngelesSol.com.
Piscataway, New Jersey, – Yurcak Field
Los Angeles Sol – Sky Blue FC 0:0 (0:0)
1 2 F
Los Angeles 0 0 0
Sky Blue FC 0 0 0
Sky Blue FC: Jenni Branam; Keeley Dowling©, Anita Asante, Christie Rampone©, Meghan Schnur; Heather O’Reilly©, Yael Averbuch, Rosana (Collette McCallum: 60), Kelly Parker; Natasha Kai, Kacey White.
Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Keri Sanchez, Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox; Camille Abily, Shannon Boxx ©, Aly Wagner, Aya Miyama, Brittany Bock, Marta.
Sky Blue – Natasha Kai (caution) 51’
Sol – Brittany Bock (caution) 83’
Los Angeles Sky Blue FC
Shots 5 (3) 14 (7)
Shots on Goal 3 (2) 4 (3)
Saves 3 (2) 3 (2)
Fouls 4 (2) 7 (1)
Corners 1 (1) 2 (0)
Offside 0 (0) 3 (0)
Referee: Daniel Radford
SAR: Teresa Miguel
JAR: Brian Dunn
4th Official: Dario Urrutia
Weather: Rainy and 63 degrees