PISCATAWAY, N.J.—Sky Blue FC fell for the fourth-straight match to the Houston Dash, 3-0, after the Dash jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of play.
McCarty got the visitors on the board early after dribbling down the left flank and cutting around Australian defender Caitlin Foord. McCarty curled a right-footed shot past Jill Loyden in the 10th minute for her third goal of the season.
The Dash didn’t let up and found themselves on the end of another opportunity 10 minutes later. Becky Edwards got on the end of a give and go with Arianna Romero at the right corner of the box. Edwards whipped in a cross that found Ella Masar in the center of the box where the forward placed a header past Loyden. It was Masar’s third goal of the season.
The home side was unable to find many chances during the first half and went into the lockerroom trailing 2-0 at the end of the opening 45.
Sky Blue came out firing early in the second half after bringing on forward Jonelle Filigno for Kendall Johnson. The substitution almost paid off immediately as Filigno had a pair of opportunities denied by Canadian teammate Erin McCleod.
Filigno got on the end of a pair of chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Her first chance came just three minutes into the second half when she fired a shot from the right corner of the box that forced McCleod into a diving stop to push the shot over the goal.
In the 58th minute, Filigno was denied a second time when she got on the end of a cross from Nanase Kiryu and her sliding shot was met with an athletic stop from McCleod to keep the clean sheet. Eight minutes later both Kelley O’Hara and Katy Freels had shots deflected from point blank range after a poor Dash clearance. McCleod and her backline were able to clear both shots away from danger to hold the clean sheet.
McCarty tacked on her second goal of the match in the 79th minute after Loyden was caught outside the box and was unable to clear the ball. The loose ball squirted out to McCarty who floated a shot into the empty net.
Tonight’s match featured the debut of United States defender Whitney Engen who spent the past two years at Liverpool Ladies FC and this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League runners up, Tyreso.
Houston won its second-straight match and jumps into a tie for eighth place with Sky Blue. The Dash will face the Western New York Flash Wednesday as the club begins a three-game homestand.
Sky Blue FC will take to the road as the club faces the Chicago Red Stars for the third and final time this season.
HOU– Tiffany McCarty (3)- 10′
HOU– Ella Masar (3)-20′
HOU– Tiffany McCarty (4)- 79′
HOU– Erin McLeod, Whitney Engen, Osinachi Ohale, Arianna Romero, Kaylyn Kyle, Becky Edwards, Kealia Ohai, Tiffany McCarty (Jordan Jackson, 81), Nina Burger (Rafaelle Souza, 64), Stephanie Ochs, Ella Masar (Teresa Noyola, 57′).
Sky Blue- Jill Loyden, Christie Rampone, Coco Goodson (Lindsi Cutshall, 45), Caitlin Foord, Kendall Johnson (Jonelle Filigno, 45), Katy Freels, Ashley Nick, Camille Levin, Kelley O’Hara, Sophie Schmidt, Nanase Kiryu (Maya Hayes, 82).
SBFC– Katy Freels- Caution- 86′
SBFC– Ashley Nick- Caution- 90′