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Sky Blue draws with Chicago in matinee match

Both teams score in the first half but neither can pull ahead

Sky Blue Photo/Robyn McNeil

After 90 minutes of play in a game where both teams had their chances, Sky Blue FC and Chicago drew 1-1 in a matinee performance in Chicago.

The result was a fair one and prevented both sides from moving up in the standings. For Chicago, they could have pulled even with Seattle with a victory but settled for its league-record seventh draw on the season. Chicago is now 7-2-7 for 27 points. Sky Blue is 4-7-6 for 18 points.

Both goals were scored in the first half.

Chicago applied early pressure and came up with the first goal. With the ball end in Sky Blue's end for long periods at a time, Jen Hoy  moved up in the midfield and chipped a nifty ball to Arin Gilliand on the left side. She took two touches to the endline and sent a ground pass in the middle to an unmarked Adrian Leon. Leon one-touched the ball in the net for a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.

Sky Blue FC settled into the game about midway through the half and got the equalizer in the 36th minute. After beginning to apply pressure with midfielders Katy Freels and Kelley O'Hara sending balls out of the center of the field, Sky Blue began to create more chances. Sam Kerr picked the pocket of Julie Johnston and went in on goal against two defenders and midfielder Danielle Colaprico. All four met inside the penalty area before Kerr slotted a low shot into the right corner for her fourth goal of the season.- long range that Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron had to swat away early on in the game. Vanessa DiBernardo headed the rebound but it went off the crossbar and out of bounds.

When Sky Blue started finding rhythm, they, too, had their chances. Striker Nadia Nadim got her head on a service from Freels but it went over the top.

Both sides had their chances in the second half. Sky Blue FC had the better chances late including an apparent goal that was disallowed. Freels sent in a cross into a crowded box and the ball was flicked into the net but a handball was called on Jonelle Foligno.

Kerr also had a chance going 1 v 1 with goalkeeper Michelle Dalton but fired the ball right at the goalkeeper.