RECAP: FC Kansas City plays to a draw in final Swope match
KANSAS CITY (September 11, 2016) – Veteran goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and the FC Kansas City backline defended their home field for the final time this season with a 0-0 draw on Sunday night.
The Blues fielded just three shots in the match and went on to earn their league-leading sixth clean sheet to tie with Chicago’s Alyssa Naeher.
After scoring three goals on Wednesday to defeat the Red Stars, FC Kansas City was limited to just eight shots in this meeting. Defender Brittany Taylor had one of the closest shots with a turning kick into the bottom left corner of the goal. Naeher responded quickly with the first of her four saves.
The Blues finish with a 2-4-4 record at Swope Soccer Village and Children’s Mercy Park. They are 6-8-5 overall. FC Kansas City and the Chicago Red Stars are tied 1-1-2 in the season series.
With the draw, the Chicago Red Stars earned the third spot in the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs. Portland and regular season champion Washington, have secured playoff berths and Western New York can with a win or draw in its next two games. The Blues will miss the playoffs for the first time in the club’s four-year history.
The Blues will end the season against the Orlando Pride on Saturday at Camping World Stadium. It is FC Kansas City’s first trip to Orlando to take on the expansion Pride. The Blues won the first meeting 2-0 at Swope Soccer Village in May.
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NWSL Match Report
Match: FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars
Date: September 11, 2016
Venue: Swope Soccer Village
1 2 F
KC 0 0 0
CHI 0 0 0
KC: Barnhart; Arlitt, Kastor (LaBonta 55’), Sauerbrunn, Averbuch, Taylor, Laddish, Scott, O’Reilly, McCarty (Silva 65’), Groom.
Subs not used: Silva, Parkhill, Bowen, Reed, Newfield.
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski.
CHI: Naeher; Gilliland (Gorden 9’), Johnston, Naughton, Short, Colaprico, DiBernardo, Huerta, Walls (Comeau 81’), Press, McCaffrey (Mautz 26’).
Subs not used: Comeau, DaCosta, Raetzman, Dalton, Luba.
Coach: Rory Dames.
REFEREE: Ekaterina Koroleva
ASSISTANT REFEREE 1: Benjamin Wooten
ASSISTANT REFEREE 2: Maggie Short
4TH OFFICIAL: Jon Freemon
REFEREE ASSESSOR: Bryan Roslund