After waiting out a two-hour lightning delay, FC Kansas City exorcised a few demons with a 1-0 victory Sunday against Sky Blue FC at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
FC Kansas City, which coughed up two late goals in a disappointing draw June 26 in its previous match at Sky Blue FC, had nothing to show for a dominant first half, but coach Vlatko Andonovski pushed the right buttons late to secure a win.
With the victory, FC Kansas City, 10-4-5, extended its grip on first place atop the National Women’s Soccer League table. Andonoski’s squad, which is unbeaten in the last nine (5-0-4), leads both Sky Blue and the Portland Thorns FC by four points.
Two minutes after subbing on for Melissa Henderson, who was shaken up in a collision with Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, reserve forward Courtney Jones redirected a Lauren Holiday corner kick over the goal line for the game’s lone tally.
It was Holiday’s league-leading ninth assist and the third goal of the season for Jones, who started but was yanked before halftime during the last meeting with Sky Blue, 9-5-4.
“That was a hard game, but every athlete has those games,” Jones said. “Right now, coming off the bench all I do is sprint like crazy and try to give my team a lift. Hopefully, I did that today.”
With stoppage time approaching, Sinead Farrelly had a chance to ice the game in front of a wide-open Sky Blue net. She dribbled around Cameron and had a seemingly easy putaway, but didn’t get much behind her left-footed shot.
That allowed Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall to making a sliding save at the goal line, which kept the remaining extra minutes interesting but didn’t impact the final outcome.