After getting a game-winning goal in the final 15 minutes a week ago against Kansas City, Seattle saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Kansas City.
While there were three goals in the opening half last weekend in Seattle, tonight’s first half was quiet until the final three minutes of the opening 45.
Seattle controlled possession the opening 10 minutes of the game trying to find the opening goal and quiet the crowd gathered at Durwood Stadium. Despite not having the ball often, the first scoring chance came from Kansas City as defender Merritt Mathias beat a mixture of midfielders and defenders before Hope Solo slid in for the save.
Minutes later on a turnover by Lauren Holiday, Jessica Fishlock nutmegged defender Nikki Phillips to set up a shot by Sydney Leroux whose shot sailed over the goal.
As the clock ticked toward halftime, each club made a costly error that led to a goal.
Leroux was dispossessed by Liz Bogus and the ensuring ball was picked up by Amy Rodriguez. With a move to her left on the edge of the 18-yard box, Rodriguez fired a laser inside the right goal post in the 42nd minute to give Kansas City the 1-0 lead.
But the Blues’ lead, along with Rodriguez’s spot atop the league’s scoring leaders, was short lived. Elli Reed was fouled in the box by Phillips in the 44th minute and and the referee called for the penalty kick. Kim Little scored her seventh goal of the season as she went for lower left corner to beat Nicole Barnhart to tie the game and Rodriguez.
The second half yielded no goals, but both teams saw potential game winners slip away. Kansas City had a chance to take the lead in the 68th minute with two chances off a corner kick by Holiday but a shot by Rodriguez went wide in the box.
Looking to duplicate last week’s match, Seattle searched for a goal in the final 15 minutes and also had it. With the ball at Fishlock’s feet outside the box, the midfielder’s cross connected with a streaking Beverly Goebel but her header was wide of the far post.
The draw keeps Kansas City unbeaten at Durwood Stadium with a record of 2-0-3. Kansas City will leave the friendly confines for a Sunday matchup in Boston while Seattle heads home to face Western New York for the first time this year.
FCKC -Amy Rodriguez (7) 42′
SEA- Kim Little (7) 45′ (PK)
Seattle – Hope Solo, Elli Reed, Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Kiersten Dallstream (Stephanie Cox, 80), Jessica Fishlock, Kate Deines, Keelin Winters, Kim Little, Sydney Leroux (Mariah Nogueira, 71), Beverly Goebel.
Kansas City -Nicole Barnhart, Leigh Ann Robinson, Becky Sauerbrunn, Nikki Phillips, Merritt Mathias, Jenna Richmond, Jen Buczkowski, Erika Tymrak, Lauren Holiday, Liz Bogus (Frances Silva, 74), Amy Rodriguez.
FCKC -Jenna Richmond (1) – caution
SEA -Keelin Winters (3) – caution