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Monaghan, Kawasumi lift Sky Blue FC past Houston

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Sky Blue FC scored their first goals of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup in a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dash on Wednesday.

Paige Monaghan opened the scoring for Sky Blue in the 17th minute, when she ran on to a through ball from Ifeoma Onumonu and touched the ball around Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell.

Seventeen minutes later, Campbell came off her line to clear a through ball, but her clearance went right to Nahomi Kawasumi, who had a go at an empty net from about 40 yards away. Kawasumi found the back of the net to double Sky Blue’s lead.

The result means the North Carolina Courage clinched the No. 1 seed in the knockout round of the Challenge Cup. Sky Blue joins four other teams behind them tied on 4 points.

Further analysis to follow.

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