Three second-half goals by FC Kansas City led the Blues to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night over the Boston Breakers in front of 5,024 fans at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kansas. The win sends FC Kansas City (9-4-5) to the top of the table, while Boston (5-7-5) remains in sixth place.
Three second-half goals by FC Kansas City led the Blues to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night over the Boston Breakers in front of 5,024 fans at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kansas. The win sends FC Kansas City (9-4-5) to the top of the National Women’s Soccer League table, while Boston (5-7-5) remains in sixth place. With the win, FC Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to a league-best eight games.
The Breakers and FC Kansas City remained scorless for more than 70 minutes before an own goal in the 72nd minute by Boston’s Kia McNeill gave the Blues a 1-0 lead. FC Kansas City midfielder Merritt Mathias intended to cross the ball to the far post, but it redirected off McNeill and past Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips.
Carmelina Moscato in her Breakers debut Wednesday at FC Kansas City
In the 85th minute, a pair of former Breakers teamed up to put FC Kansas City up by two goals. Lauren Holiday swiftly crossed to Courtney Jones, who tapped it into goal for the 2-0 lead. In the 90th minute, Mathias made it a 3-0 game, taking a flick-on pass from Holiday, who had her back to goal, and chipping it over Phillips from 20 yards out.
In the first half, FC Kansas City controlled possession in the early going, but the Breakers gained momentum as the half continued. Lianne Sanderson had Boston’s first shot, a rising strike from distance in the 26th minute, which was followed up by Sydney Leroux’s attempt in the 30th minute, a shot that went just wide of the far post. The Breakers came out pressing in the second half, but FC Kansas City’s back line kept them at bay, preventing any significant scoring threat in front of keeper Nicole Barnhart, who registered her league-best ninth shutout.
Mariah Nogueira goes up for a header against FCKC
The Breakers return to the field Saturday in Boyds, Maryland to face last-place Washington Spirit (1-11-4) at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Earlier this season at the Plex, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw. Lori Lindsey equalized for Washington in the second half after Joanna Lohman put the Breakers ahead, 1-0, in the first half. This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Breakers beat the Spirit, 3-0, on May 25 at Dilboy Stadium and drew, 1-1, getting a goal from Sydney Leroux, on April 14 at home.
The Breakers return to Dilboy Stadium Aug. 3 to take on the Western New York Flash. They remain at home Aug. 7 vs. Portland and Aug. 10 vs. FC Kansas City before finishing the regular season Aug. 17 at Western New York, a match that will be televised live on Fox Soccer.
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