Alexa Newfield’s first-half goal gave FC Kansas City a 1-0 victory over the Washington Spirit on Saturday in Boyds, Md.
It was the Blues’ first road win of the season.
Newfield, who started for the second straight game, got open on the back side of the Spirit box in the 39th minute.
As the cross came in, FCKC’s Sydney Leroux made an acrobatic shot attempt. Leroux couldn’t get it on net, but she pushed it wide to where Newfield was waiting. Newfield rocketed a shot into the far side of the goal for her first professional goal.
The goal also snapped a 135-minute goalless streak for the Blues.
FC Kansas City put on offensive pressure from the start Saturday night. Brittany Ratcliffe forced a Washington defender into a poor pass to goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe in the 13th minute. Leroux nearly forced a turnover from Labbe, but the goalkeeper was able to clear the ball from danger.
The defense even got in on the action. Blues defender Becky Sauerbrunn headed the ball on a corner kick from Newfield in the 30th minute, but the ball just missed the goal.
As the Spirit tried to get the game-tying goal in the second half, Sauerbrunn and Yael Averbuch cleared away any chances Washington had inside FCKC’s penalty box.
FCKC goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart corralled anything that came her way, extending her NWSL record with her 35th shutout.
The Blues will face the Spirit again at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Swope Soccer Village.