Match report: FC Kansas City ends season with a victory
Even though the two-time defending National Women’s Soccer League champions will not be advancing to the playoffs, they ended the season on a high note with victory to cap a four-game unbeaten streak.
The victory, which was their third in four games, came in a 2-1 contest against the Orlando Pride on Saturday night at Camping World Stadium. It also secured a series sweep for the Blues in the Pride’s first season.
Nicole Barnhart’s shutout streak against Orlando ended in the 16th minute when Jasmyne Spencer collected a deflected free kick and fired into the left side. That lead stood until the second half.
Tiffany McCarty provided the equalizer after the break and Heather O’Reilly scored the game winner in the 84th on a free kick earned by Brittany Taylor. It was O’Reilly’s first of the season to go with two assists. McCarty finishes with two goals and four assists.
The Blues end their fourth season with a 7-8-5 record and 26 points.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Orlando Pride vs. FC Kansas City
Date: September 24, 2016
Venue: Camping World Stadium
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Orlando Pride: Ashlyn Harris; Dani Weatherholt, Laura Alleway (Toni Pressley 69’), Monica, Cami Levin; Lisa De Vanna, Kaylyn Kyle (Sarah Hagen 78’), Kristen Edmonds, Becky Edwards (Maddy Evans 73’), Jasmyne Spencer; Alex Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: Kaitlyn Savage; McKenzie Berryhill; Sam Witteman; Jamia Fields
FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart; Lo’eau LaBonta, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Arlitt, Brittany Taylor, Katie Bowen (Frances Silva 60’), Desiree Scott, Tiffany McCarty (Caroline Kastor 87’), Yael Averbuch; Heather O’Reilly (Brianne Reed 93+’), Shea Groom
Substitutes Not Used: Cat Parkhill; Alexa Newfield
Stats Summary: ORL / KC
Shots: 8 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 1 / 3
KC – Alex Arlitt (Yellow – Reckless Foul) 80’
KC – Frances Silva (Yellow – Reckless Foul) 91+’
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez
Assistant Referee 2: Brooke Mayo
Fourth Official: Janessa Gunn
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