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Sky Blue tie the Houston Dash 1-1...again

The NJ Blues give up another late lead as they tie the Dash 1-1 at home.

Sky Blue remains winless after 7 games with another 1-1 tie. In what was a hot day at Yurcak field, Sky Blue went ahead early and once again gave up a late equalizer. Sky Blue FC has yet to score more than one goal in a game this season as their offensive struggles continue.

The game kicked off with a threat of thunder and storms on the horizon but the weather held out for the game. The Houston Dash came out in their usual 4-3-3, while Head Coach Jim Gabarra tinkered with formation to search of their second win of the season. Abandoning his 4-3-3 Gabarra went with a 4-3-1-2 playing Kim DeCesare high along Nadia Nadim.

Defensive midfielder Hayley Haagsma continued her great run of form for another game. Heading Sky Blue ahead in the 12th minute. She scored off a set piece play where center back Kristin Grubka headed the ball back across the face of goal. This was Haagsma's first pro goal, and the first goal scored by a Sky Blue player not named Katy Freels or Nadia Nadim.

Today looked like the day that Sky Blue was finally going to hold on to their lead and see out the game. In the 23rd minute Brittney Cameron came up with a big save as a free kick drifted to the back post. It seemed like fate was on Sky Blue's side after a 75th minute penalty was called against Sky Blue. Halftime substitute Meg Morris gave up the penalty but Cameron came to her rescue saving the McDonald attempt.

However about 10 minutes later Sky Blue conceded. In the 87th minute a ball was played over Cammie Levin's head. Keali Ohai ran onto the ball and sent in a dangerous ball. While Cameron came up with the initial save, she was unable to stop the rebound and Allie Bailey equalized for the Dash.

While Sky Blue came alive and threatened after the equalizer, they were unable to pull themselves ahead once again and settled for another disappointing tie. Sky Blue saw the return of Sarah Killion from injury as she came on late in the 2nd half as Sky Blue tried to settle down the game.

Next week Sky Blue will head to Seattle to take on the Reign. This will be Sky Blue's last game before the NWSL takes a break for the World Cup.