Sky Blue FC’s 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup is over, and as visibly difficult as that was to swallow for veteran McCall Zerboni postgame, it was a tournament which largely exceeded expectations and laid some foundations for the club’s future.
Was it perfect? No, of course not. Sky Blue’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago Red Stars in Wednesday’s semifinal was wild until the end, one which nearly saw the underdogs erase a three-goal deficit with a flurry of opportunities and a pair of goals in the final 20 minutes. There will be criticism of head coach Freya Coombe’s reluctance to make changes earlier in the match, having fallen behind 2-0 inside 11 minutes. Coombe admitted postgame that if Sky Blue had a little more time, there was probably an equalizer to be scored.
“It’s tricky to get that balance,” Coombe said postgame when asked about chasing the game but still looking for long-term trends.
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