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Match Preview: Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Sky Blue FC hosts final home match of the 2017 season

Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr goes for her record-breaking 17th goal of the season in the club's home finale.
Photo by Jeffrey Auger

Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Yurcak Field; Piscataway, New Jersey

September 24, 2017

6:00 p.m. ET

Watch: go90 or NWSLsoccer.com

Sky Blue FC (9-11-2, 29 points) returns to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Sunday as the New Jersey club hosts the North Carolina Courage (15-6-0, 45 points) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey. The match is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. ET, and fans can watch the match on go90.com, the go90 app or on NWSLsoccer.com.

Sky Blue FC’s Sam Kerr is still chasing history as she looks to break the NWSL single-season scoring record on Sunday evening. Kerr scored her 16th goal of the season on August 26 in the club’s 1-0 win over Boston, tying former Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little’s mark she set back in 2014. Kerr has been scoreless since, a streak stretching over two games.

In Sky Blue FC’s last outing, the club lost 2-1 to the Washington Spirit, and the New Jersey side was eliminated from playoff contention.

North Carolina comes into the match looking to clinch the NWSL shield for the first time since 2013 (Western New York Flash was the shield winner during the inaugural season). The club has already qualified for playoffs and clinched home-field advantage for the semi-finals after a 1-0 victory on September 9 against the Houston Dash.

The clean sheet marked the 11th shutout of the season for the Courage, tying the NWSL single-season record set by FC Kansas City in 2013. The club has three more contests to break the record.

This weekend marks the third meeting of the 2017 campaign between Sky Blue FC and the Courage. The two sides have split a pair of matches in North Carolina, and Sunday will be the first showdown in New Jersey.

In the first match-up, Carolina claimed a 2-0 result in May, with Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan recording 11 saves. Her performance set a new benchmark for Sky Blue FC goalkeepers as she recorded the most saves for a netminder since the NWSL was founded in 2013.

The second meeting occurred in July as the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week, and Sam Kerr scored the game-winner in the 84th minute to lift Sky Blue FC to a 1-0 road win.

Although Sky Blue FC has been eliminated from playoff contention, the club will look to end its home season finale on a high note.

Injury Report:

SBFC –

OUT: Leah Galton (back strain), Tasha Kai (right calf strain), Christie Pearce (SEI – accumulative injuries), Erin Simon (D45 – left foot fracture)

NCC –

OUT: Liz Eddy (left hamstring strain), Darian Jenkins (D45 – left ankle dislocation/fracture), Yuri Kawamura (SEI – right knee ACL and meniscus tear)

QUESTIONABLE: Jessica McDonald (right hamstring strain)