FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC Ends in a 1-1 Draw
The sign of a well balanced league – when games end in a draw after a fierce match on the field. Great soccer for fans, players and coaches alike. A real challenge materializes when leagues offer great competition. Thank you NWSL.
FC Kansas City played out a 1-1 draw versus Sky Blue FC over the weekend with two goals tallied in the first half. Shea Groom scoring in the 27th minute for Kansas City, while Sarah Killion equalized for Sky Blue three minutes later off a penalty kick to bring the score level.
The game’s two goals came just three minutes apart with Shea Groom scoring in the 27th minute and Sarah Killion equalizing for Sky Blue in the 30th. It was Groom’s second goal of the season, which ties her with Yael Averbuch to lead the Blues.
FC Kansas City got out to a quick start with a shot in the second minute from Heather O’Reilly, who just returned from U.S. Women’s National Team duty with Becky Sauerbrunn. Groom then jumped into the attack in the 23rd minute with her first shot that went high.
She made up for it moments later by firing a shot just over Caroline Stanley’s hands to give the Blues the lead.
Moments later, however, the Blues fouled in the box and Sky Blue FC was awarded a penalty kick. Killion buried it into the left side of the net for her second goal of the season. It is just the seventh that Barnhart has allowed in eight games. She entered the match with a league-best 29 saves.
Both teams had a host of other chances, including a Sky Blue shot that clipped the crossbar in the first half. It deflected downward toward the line and was not tallied for the home team.
With the draw, the two-time defending National Women’s Soccer League champions improved to 1-4-3. Sky Blue FC is 2-3-3.
The Blues continue their roadtrip at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday in Houston. FC Kansas City lost the previous matchup with the Houston Dash 2-1.
They will then return home to host Seattle Reign FC in an NWSL Championship rematch at 6 p.m. on June 25.
Source/Photo Credit: FC Kansas City