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PHOTO ESSAY: Sky Blue FC v Orlando Pride, Midweek 11

PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J.—Against a backdrop of blue skies and warm sunshine, Sky Blue FC took to their home turf on Wednesday night to once again face off against the Orlando Pride. The rematch came almost a month to the day from their first meeting, a May 27th match that saw Sky Blue emerge victorious on a late goal by Maya Hayes. Last night though, the home side would not be as lucky: Orlando struck first and struck last, scoring three goals to Sky Blue’s two. Although the results were disappointing for home crowd, the 3,065 fans in attendance no doubt left talking about what was no doubt one of the most exciting matches of the season thus far.

Kayla Mills defends against Orlando's Chioma Ubogagu early in the game. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Kayla Mills defends against Orlando’s Chioma Ubogagu early in the game. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Five-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta and 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year Raquel Rodriguez battle for possession. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Five-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta and 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year Raquel Rodriguez battle for possession. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Dani Weatherholt and Jamia Fields hug Chioma Ubogagu after her goal in the 11th minute. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Score goals, get hugs. Dani Weatherholt and Jamia Fields congratulate Chioma Ubogagu. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

With her teammates looking on from the sidelines, Ali Krieger plays the ball in for the Pride. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

With her teammates looking on from the sidelines, Ali Krieger plays the ball in for the Pride. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Former Nittany Lions Ali Krieger and Maya Hayes go up for a header. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Former Nittany Lions Ali Krieger and Maya Hayes compete for a header. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Alanna Kennedy stretches out to block Sarah Killion from the ball. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Alanna Kennedy wears a rainbow sweatband in honor of Pride Night. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Daphne Corboz sends a ball in from the touchline as Kristen Edmonds attempts to catch up on defense. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Daphne Corboz sends a ball in from the touchline as Kristen Edmonds attempts to catch up on defense. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Two Matildas (Steph Catley and Sam Kerr) take to the air in attempts of winning the header. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

One Matilda out hops the other. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Kayla Mills gets wrapped up with Jamia Fields as she attempts to slow the Pride attack. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Kayla Mills gets wrapped up with Jamia Fields as she attempts to slow the Pride attack. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Steph Catley gets a fistful of jersey as she fouls Sam Kerr inside the box. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Steph Catley gets a fistful of jersey, and Sky Blue gets a penalty kick. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Kelley O'Hara blasts a rocket from the spot, leveling the score at the end of the first half. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Kelley O’Hara blasts a rocket from the spot, leveling the score at the end of the first half. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr looses control of the ball as Ali Krieger applies the pressure. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr loses control of the ball as Ali Krieger applies pressure. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr puts her hands on her head in frustration. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr puts her hands on her head in frustration. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Toni Pressley moves the ball out of the corner of the field as Maya Hayes attempts to regain possession. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Toni Pressley moves the ball out of the corner of the field as Maya Hayes attempts to regain possession. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr and Steph Catley shake it out after a collision. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

No hard feelings between Sam Kerr and Steph Catley after colliding while vying for a 50/50 ball. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Leah Galton tries to fight off Steph Catley. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Leah Galton tries to fight off Steph Catley. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Marta holds off Daphne Corboz. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Marta holds off Daphne Corboz. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Marta smiles towards the end of the game. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Three points and a smile. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

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