FC Kansas City held on after a late Washington Spirit rally to win, 3-2, and improve to 3-2-2 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, Missouri. The loss drops Washington to 1-5-1 and last in the league table.
It started out positive for the Spirit after scoring in the 4th minute. Kristie Mewis scored on a left-footed shot inside the box after Kansas City was unable to clear a corner kick. Mewis’ shot took a deflection off a Kansas City player and past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
Sydney Leroux equalized minutes later on a solo effort aided by Brittany Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe picked off a bad pass by Washington’s Line Sigvardsen Jensen and headed to goal. Leroux overlapped to the left and took Ratcliffe’s pass and out ran and out muscled the Spirit defense to put a sliding shot past Stephanie Labbé to the far post.
Leroux added another in the 27th minute after Shea Groom stripped the ball off of defender Whitney Church at the top of the box. The ball was up for grabs and Leroux pounced, shooting with her right foot to put the ball past Labbé.
Alexa Newfield was sent off in the 70th minute after receiving her second yellow card of the game for a challenge on goalkeeper Labbé. Labbé was down for several minutes but finished out the game.
It was Washington’s turn to have a goal called back in the 75th minute. Francisca Ordega took the rebound off a shot at the endline and sent in a left-footed shot that deflected off of the goalkeeper and into the net. However, the official waived the goal off after determining the ball had crossed the endline before Ordega got the shot off.
Washington cut the lead to one in the 82nd minute. Havana Solaun’s shot roughly 20 yards out took a deflection and into the back of the net.