For Pennington, NJ native, Nicole Baxter, her mantra has always been team first. However, this Saturday it was her teammates that would help get her name on the score sheet.
"It was cool for me to get on the score sheet, but ultimately it was a result of great team defending and I am just really proud of how we got better and better on our defensive press throughout the game" said Baxter.
Ice water running through her veins, she came charging out of the locker room ready to make a difference in the second half and quickly did just that. In the 59th minute, she charged the keeper as she was preparing to send the ball up field. Trapping the ball with her core, she was quickly able to chase it down and volley it into the back of the net for her first goal in a Sky Blue uniform.
Nicole Baxter wouldn't be the only goal scorer of the day as she joined teammates Ifeoma Onumonu, Mandy Freeman, and Elizabeth Eddy in what would turn out to be a 4-0 rout of the Cavaliers.
What's Next for Nicole Baxter and Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC will have one more preseason match-up before the NWSL Challenge Cup as they travel to Washington D. C. next Sunday for a closed door scrimmage against NWSL rival, the Washington Spirit.