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Sky Blue FC wins a thriller in extra time

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This was one of the final images from Sky Blue FC's match vs. Seattle but you won't believe what led up to this.

It was a long week for many within the Sky Blue FC organization. Their coach leaving one day and then shortly after their "Captain America" announcing she will be out of commission the rest of the season. This could have easily been a game to have chalked up to a "L" based on those happenings. The game quickly went the way many thought and at half time Sky Blue FC was losing 3-0. The fans, lead by Cloud 9 were not about to give up on their team.

Great crowd. Little did they know what the game had in store for them.

Great crowd. Little did they know what the game had in store for them.

They have seen them fight through adversity before with late game drama and heroics. The team kept their composure and focused on one possession at a time. Then suddenly Sam Kerr strikes bringing the tally to 3-1. That brought extra life to fans and to the team. Before you know it another and then another goal from Sam Kerr evening the score at 3-3. But this was far from being done...much more drama to come. Maybe the effort getting the score even led to a brief let down. Just enough to allow Seattle to score the go ahead goal.

Newly appointed co-captain, Sam Kerr.

Newly appointed co-captain, Sam Kerr.

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4 minutes of extra time added to the match. Is that enough time to draw even once again? For this team, that was more than enough time. A minute into the extra time, Maya Hayes heads the ball into the back of the net. The crowd erupts knowing that they have somehow salvaged gaining a point in the standings.

Maya Hayes evens the score at 4-4 in the first minute of extra time.

Maya Hayes evens the score at 4-4 in the first minute of extra time.

But wait, there were 4 minutes added. Could they hold off the visitors from jumping in front once again? But Sky Blue was not playing for the tie, they wanted those three points! They continued to press and earned a penalty kick in what could be the final moments of the game. Kerr missed the shot but Sky Blue kept possession and now had Taylor Lytle set for a corner kick. She sends it across the middle and somehow a header is sent into the net. But who was it that rose above four defenders to head in the game winning goal? You guessed it...Sam Kerr!

Here are the moments that followed.

 

Congratulations to the entire Sky Blue FC team on a tremendous victory.