Sky Blue FC defeated FC Kansas City, 1-0, at its home opener at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Both teams were missing crucial players, including Christie Pearce (concussion) and Sam Kerr for Sky Blue and Shea Groom (broker rib) for FC Kansas City.
FC Kansas City’s Sydney Leroux had a look in the 7th minute when she found herself unmarked in the box but her shot didn’t have enough to beat Kailen Shreridan.
In the 36th minute, Brittany Ratcliffe made a run from midfield and collected a through ball from Maegan Kelly but Sheridan was quick off her line to make the save.
Sky Blue had a look after some tidy give-and-go play between Kelley O’Hara and Daphne Corboz in the 78th minute but Nicole Barnhart made the save and recovered the rebound.
The game-winner came in the 83rd minute. An O’Hara corner kick went loose in the box and bounced to Mandy Freeman, who sent it to Raquel Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s sliding reach was enough to slot the ball past Barnhart.