Kansas City NWSL went on the road for the last time in their inaugural season to face the Chicago Red Stars, looking for their first road win. Kansas City had their chances and played well for the most part but they came up on the short end of a 2-1 score line.
Chicago came out dominating the match, creating the better chances, including hitting the woodwork twice. Despite Chicago’s chances, the first goal came courtesy of Kansas City.
The Red Stars Mallory Pugh sent a corner into the box where Tierna Davidson headed the ball towards goal. Kansas City’s Kristen Edmonds clearance attempt unfortunately redirected into her own goal in the 34th minute.
Kansas City struck back quickly when Hailie Mace put Katie Bowen’s corner inside the back post to beat Chicago keeper Cassie Miller in the 37th minute. Kansas City started to gain some momentum before the half.
Chicago took the lead back in the 50th minute when Kealia Watt slid the ball across the box to Makenzy Doniak who popped into the roof of the goal to make the score 2-1. There was some question if there should have been an offside call in the buildup but the officials did not see it so the goal stood.
Kansas City worked hard in the second half, outshooting Chicago 12-10, out possessing the Red Stars 57% - 43% and generally dominated play trying to get at least an equalizer. Despite the pressure, Kansas City could not find the net.
Huw Williams squad returns home for their final two matches where they are undefeated in their last six matches.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Kansas City NWSL vs Chicago Red Stars
Date: October 16, 2021
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Illinois
Kickoff: 7:08 p.m. CT, 8:08 p.m. ET
Weather: 55 degrees, calm
88’ KC - Ball (Yellow)
34’ CHI – Edmonds (OG)
37’ KC - Mace (Bowen)
50’ CHI - Doniak (Watt)
Kansas City: Franch, Corsie©, Ball, Nolf (67’ Silva), Mace (90+3’ Larroquette), Scott, Edmonds, Bowen (57’ McCain), LaBonta, Jenkins, Hamilton
Substitutes Not Used: Rowland, Leach, Maemone, Johnson, Leach, Miramontez, Del Fava
Chicago: Miller, Krueger, Wright, Gorden, Davidson, Woldmoe, Gautrat©, Doniak (79’ Mautz), Johnson (68’ DiBernardo), Pugh (90+4’ Hill), Watt
Substitutes Not Used: Boyd, Colaprico, Milazzo, Sharples, Stanton, Stevens