The underdogs Sky Blue FC came into their 1st WPS championship match off two convincing wins against the Washington Freedom and St. Louis Athletica to advance to the championship match against the Los Angeles Sol.
O’Reilly’s goal came when outside back Keeley Dowling served a ball into the 18-yard box from the right flank. Natasha Kai positioned near the penalty spot, leapt to flick it on to O’Reilly who was lurking at the back post. O’Reilly pushed her shot off Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc’s foot and into the right side of the goal for the 1-0 advantage. After the match, O’Reilly was named the Most Valuable Player of the WPS Championship.
Then in the 27th minute of the game, the star back for the Sol Allison Falk tripped up Natasha Kai and was credited with a red card.
In the 84th minute, Marta took a dangerous shot that Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jenni Branam parried just wide.Then the corner kick, fell to Boxx at the back post and her shot was bobbled by Branam. Substitute Lyndsey Patterson tried to get a foot to the ball, but Branam was able to fall on it.
The next time some of these women will be in action is in the game againts the Swedish Champions Umeå IK.
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