Just when it appeared that FC Kansas City would never catch a break, second-year midfielder Alexa Newfield was wide open to take a pass across the goal box from Sydney Leroux. She rocketed the ball into the left back corner of the net for the Blues’ only score in a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit on May 20.
It was FCKC’s second win in a season that’s seen the Blues go from scoring twice in the opener to only two more times over the next five games.
A goal like Newfield’s — her first professional one, coming in her fourth start of the year — is just the right kind of goal to inspire a team that’s only managed to stay afloat in the standings because of a stingy defense. FCKC has only allowed a league-low three goals.
“We haven’t really talked about it but I think that anybody who plays on the attack feels the pressure to score,” Newfield said. “By the time you’re a professional soccer player, you expect yourself to score and when you feel yourself not scoring, every game’s a frustration. You feel like you’ve failed at your job. … Rather than getting on each other and talking about pressure, it’s kind of like an unsaid thing that we all just try to keep ourselves away from (it) because it can eat away at you.”
The Blues will figure out if scoring can become contagious when they play the last-place Spirit (1-4-1) for the second week in a row on Saturday night, only this time in front of a home crowd at Swope Soccer Village at 7 p.m.
They’ll also see if they can string together a pair of wins for the first time since they won two straight in September last season. FCKC (2-2-2) has gone unbeaten in the three games since losing to Sky Blue FC on April 30.
“They are creating chances, and not even from the Sydney Lerouxs and Shea Grooms of the world,” coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a release.
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