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Defensive improvements, steady goalkeeping push Sky Blue to uncharted territory

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Heading into the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup, there was anticipation surrounding Sky Blue FC’s new look attack after a number of high profile acquisitions by Freya Coombe, now officially the team’s head coach. However, in their quarterfinal against the Washington Spirit — and at many points throughout the tournament — it was the team’s defensive efforts that stood out for the New Jersey-based club. Sky Blue advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout after a scoreless draw in regulation.

Most notably, goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan showed up once again for her team, both continuing a trend of goalkeepers excelling in the tournament’s quarterfinals and making her case as one of the league’s best between the pipes.

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