PISCATAWAY, N.J.—Monica Ocampo’s 14th minute tally was enough to propel Sky Blue FC to its first win of the season as the club defeated the Boston Breakers, 1-0, Saturday at Yurcak Field in front of 1,492 fans.
Kelley O’Hara got down the left flank and put a hard, left-footed cross into the box that Ocampo finished one-time for her second goal of the season.
Australian forward Lisa De Vanna was sent off in the 89th minute after a collision with Aussie teammate Caitlin Foord. De Vanna was whistled for obstructing Foord, who retaliated by shoving the former Sky Blue FC forward to the ground. De Vanna disagreed with referee Mark Allatin not pulling out a caution for Foord’s challenge and appeared to be earning a yellow of her own before a second confrontation resulted in a straight red card.
The Breakers pressed for much of the second half but were unable to crack a shot past Brittany Cameron.
Former Sky Blue FC midfielder Heather O’Reilly had a good opportunity to get the visitors on the board early in the second half. Her point-blank shot was stopped by Cameron in the 50th minute and the follow up opportunity was blocked by a Sky Blue defender.
The home side had multiple chances to add an insurance goal throughout the second half, including rookie forward Maya Hayes getting a dangerous chance on goal in the 82nd minute. Hayes was played in and held off a Boston defender before a using a long touch to get past her defender. Her touch was too far, however, and Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher slid out and collided with Hayes to make the stop. Naeher stayed down momentarily before finishing the final 10 minutes of the match.
The combination of Taylor Lytle and Ocampo combined for several other dangerous opportunities that kept the Breakers on their heels for most of the first half.
Lytle found plenty of space on the left side in the 21st minute and put in a cross in that found Ocampo but the diving header was wide right. Eight minutes later, Lytle got free again, this time centrally and put Ocampo behind the Breakers backline but her right-footed shot went wide once again.
Japanese midfielder Nanase Kiryu created a third opportunity for Ocampo to add to her first-half total, again coming down the left flank. Kiryu’s cross was placed in dangerously for the Mexican forward but she overran the pass and it bounced harmlessly out of bounds.
The Breakers’ best first-half opportunities came off the feet of former Sky Blue FC midfielder Heather O’Reilly and English midfielder Lianne Sanderson.
Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, making her first appearance of the season, came out to play a ball with her feet from Lisa De Vanna in the 22nd minute. Cameron’s pass bounced off of a Sky Blue FC defender and fell to O’Reilly. The East Brunswick, New Jersey native had her shot roll just wide. Five minutes later, Sanderson hit a shot at the top of the box that barely missed the top of the crossbar and sailed out of bounds.
It was arguably the most complete performance for a Sky Blue FC squad that has struggled mightily to generate consistent offensive opportunities.
SBFC – Ocampo (2) – 14’
Boston: Alyssa Naeher, Jazmyne Avant (Courtney Jones 69), Julie King, Chelsea Stewart (Maddy Evans 46), Cat Whitehill, Ashley Grove, Johanna Lohman, Heather O’Reilly, Lianne Sanderson, Lisa DeVanna, Mollie Pathman (Bianca D’Agostino 58)
Sky Blue FC: Brittany Cameron, Coco Goodson, Christie Rampone, Caitlin Foord, Kelley O’Hara, Sophie Schmidt, Taylor Lytle, Ashley Nick, Jonelle Filigno (Kendall Johnson 53), Nanase Kiryu, Monica Ocampo (Maya Hayes 68)
BOS – De Vanna – 89’ – (Red Card)