Midge Purce scored in stoppage time to offer Sky Blue a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit on Saturday within the opening sport of the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League fall collection.

The autumn collection marks the NWSL’s return to native markets after the league grew to become the primary U.S. skilled group sport to play amid the coronavirus pandemic with its Problem Cup match in June and July.

The sport at Segra Subject was performed with out followers in attendance. The league’s 9 groups are separated into three regional teams for the autumn collection to chop down on journey.

Sky Blue took the lead when Ifeoma Onumonu scored from the precise aspect of the field within the 18th minute. The Spirit drew even within the 89th minute on Paige Nielsen’s penalty kick.

WATCH | Purce scores game-winner in stoppage time:

Sky Blue FC picked up their first victory of the NWSL Fall Collection 2-1 over Washington Spirit behind a late strike from Midge Purce. 1:01

Mallory Pugh had a very good probability for Sky Blue on a breakaway in stoppage time, however her shot hit the publish. Moments later, Purce broke by way of with the game-winner.

Pugh made her debut for Sky Blue when she subbed into the sport within the 61st minute. Pugh, who additionally missed the Problem Cup due to damage, was traded from the Spirit to Sky Blue in January.

Sky Blue was with out Carli Lloyd due to a left knee damage that additionally saved her out of the Problem Cup. Midfielder McCall Zerboni will miss the autumn collection after tearing her left meniscus within the match.

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