Kailen Sheridan save preserves draw for Sky Blue FC

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - JULY 08: Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan (1) during the first half of the National Womens Soccer League game between Sky Blue FC and FC Kansas City on July 08, 2017, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY (June 8, 2018) – Kailen Sheridan might not have been called into the recent camp for the Canadian Women’s National Team, but she continues to show her strength.

Sheridan, the second-year goalkeeper for Sky Blue FC, stretched out to make a penalty kick save against Andi Sullivan in the 79th minute.

Estefanía Banini earned the penalty after being taken down by Sky Blue FC midfielder Madison Tiernan.

Kailen Sheridan save preserves draw for Sky Blue FC

Sheridan’s save was one of three. Meanwhile, on the other end, Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe denied Sky Blue FC with seven saves.

After the match, Sky Blue FC Head Coach Denise Reddy said that while her team earned their second draw of the season, it was “frustrating” to not earn the first win.

“I am really proud of the way we played, and we did a great job of defending as a unit,” Reddy said.” Kailen [Sheridan] made an incredible save on the penalty kick, and I feel like that will be our tipping point. We got the shutout here tonight, and now we are poised to really get things going.”

Sky Blue now sits in last place with two points. The draw is only the second of the season. Sky Blue FC is still waiting on their first win of the NWSL season.

The New Jersey-based club featured in the match without Janine Beckie, Adrianna Leon, Carli Lloyd, Savannah McCaskill, Thaisa Moreno and Rebekah Stott, who are all featuring on international duty.

Meanwhile, Washington missed out on Rose Lavelle, Yanara Aedo, Francisca Ordega and Rebecca Quinn.

Word on Mallory Pugh

Washington also released new information on Mallory Pugh. The forward is out for 8-10 weeks with a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) strain. 

“This isn’t the greatest time to get an injury like this, but with the support of medical staffs from U.S. Soccer and the Spirit, as well as from my teammates and the fans, I’ll be back on the field as soon as possible,” Pugh said. “Now, my job is to rehab and I’m going to be really focused on that process.”

Pugh will miss a large chunk of time with Washington and with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She was left off of the recent roster for friendlies against China.

However, while Pugh is not expected to be fully fit in time for the Tournament of Nations, the U.S. Women’s National Team can expect her back for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The United States will host the qualifiers in October.

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