The first half of the game was pretty much dominated by the Dash, with a few good counterattacks from the Blues. The dash had several close calls in the first ten minutes of the game, the first ball shot over the crossbar and the second with a great clearance by defender Desiree Scott. The first half would end with the teams tied at 0-0.
The second half also started out being dominated by the Dash with a shot in front of the goal in the 51st minute and Allysha Chapman sending a ball bouncing off the crossbar in the 53rd minute. Forward Rachel Daly subbed in in the 60th minute and immediately made an impact on the field with a shot that was saved by the crossbar in the 67th minute. The competing crossbar couldn’t be outdone, sending a shot by FC Kansas City midfielder, Heather O’Reilly, ricocheting from it in the 73rd minute.
The magic happened in the 80th minute off of a corner kick from O’Reilly that found the head of star defender, Becky Sauerbrunn. It was only the second goal of Sauerbrunn’s NWSL career. Although the Dash fought hard to level the score in the last 10 minutes of the game, they were unable put a goal into the back of the net and the game ended in a 1-0 win for FCKC.
The Blue’s look like the finally are working out all of their kinks and getting into solid playing form. If they keep up the hard work that they’ve been putting in, they have a solid chance at rising up the ranks and making it to the playoffs this season.
The next FC Kansas City game will be at home on June 25th.