Sky Blue FC advances to NWSL semis on penalties over Washington Spirit

Sky Blue FC advances to NWSL semis on penalties over Washington Spirit

HERRIMAN, Utah — Kailen Sheridan stopped Bayley Feist’s penalty kick and Sky Blue superior to the Problem Cup semifinals 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with the Washington Spirit on Saturday.

Sky Blue will play the Chicago Purple Stars, who additionally superior 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with OL Reign in Saturday’s late match.

Three of the quarterfinal matches on the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League event went to penalty shootouts. On Friday evening, the Houston Sprint superior on penalties after a scoreless draw towards the Utah Royals.

Below event guidelines, tie video games went straight to a shootout quite than further durations. The final sport to go to penalties earlier than Friday evening was the 2016 league championship.

Sheridan had eight saves in regulation earlier than arising large towards Feist to finish the shootout.

Taking part in the event with out Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh due to accidents, Sky Blue was seeded sixth after a pair of losses within the group stage.

The Spirit had secured the second seed with a 1-Zero victory over the Sprint final Sunday, however it was expensive. Midfielder Andi Sullivan suffered a knee damage and is predicted to overlook three to 6 months.

U.S. nationwide team midfielder Rose Lavelle, who scored within the World Cup remaining final summer season in France, began on the bench for the Spirit. She got here in as a sub within the second half.

Sheridan made a surprising save late within the first half when she dove to get a hand on a strike by Spirit rookie Ashely Sanchez.

The Spirit’s Kumi Yokoyama hit the crossbar with a shot from distance within the 54th minute.

Ifeoma Onumonu’s try at a header for Sky Blue within the 71st minute hit the bottom too exhausting and sailed over the purpose.

The eighth-seeded Portland Thorns, winners over two-time defending champion North Carolina on Friday, will play the Sprint within the first semifinal on Wednesday morning.

Thorns goalkeeper Bella Bixby, who began within the group stage, introduced on Saturday morning that she had injured her ACL and was headed dwelling for remedy.

Purple Stars win 4-3 on penalties after 0-Zero draw with the Reign

The Chicago Purple Stars superior to the semifinals of the Problem Cup by prevailing 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with OL Reign on Saturday evening.

Lauren Barnes’ try for the Reign hit the put up to seal it for Chicago.

The Reign’s Jessica Fishlock acquired her first begin since tearing her ACL in a sport final July. She had the most effective makes an attempt within the first half, however was thwarted by Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who was strong all through the sport.

Naeher, who was in purpose final summer season for the U.S. team that received the World Cup, punched away a header from a large open Sofia Huerta within the 59th minute. Later within the half, she tipped Kristen McNabb’s shot from some 30 yards out.

Kealia Watt had a great probability for Chicago out in entrance of the purpose within the 67th minute however it went simply vast.

Goalkeeping has been highlighted within the quarterfinals, with only one purpose scored — by Portland’s Morgan Weaver — within the three different video games.

The Reign had been enjoying with out U.S. nationwide team star Megan Rapinoe, who opted out of the event.

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