When FC Kansas City and the Houston Dash met for the first time earlier this season, the Blues little trouble.
However, on Sunday night the Dash came prepared and the Blues showed their fatigue in a 2-2 draw at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium. It was the second draw of the season for FC Kansas City which dropped to 3-4-2 but stayed undefeated at home with a 2-0-2 ledger.
Although the Blues were playing their seventh game in the last 23 days, they came out fresh and took less than a minute to cut to the Dash’s goal. Frances Silva’s shot missed, but Lauren Holiday converted one minute later on an assist from Erika Tymrak.
“It wasn’t just the first goal, but after that we didn’t stop,” coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “I don’t know how many opportunities we had, one-versus-one opportunities and point-blank shots, but again we didn’t score the goal we needed. We talk about how with how fatigued we are, we have to put games away early on otherwise we know we are going to be in trouble.”
Houston’s Jordan Jackson scored the equalizer in the 20th minute, but Tymrak put the Blues back on top with a crafty move in the 36th minute. She started on the left side where she went through a defender’s legs and fired a shot that hit the right goal post before bouncing past Houston goalkeeper Erin McLeod. It was the third goal of the season for Tymrak, the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year.
“I got it on the outside and tried to beat her on the line then cut it back and beat her down the middle,” Tymrak said. “I saw the far post was wide open and then just wound up and hit it as hard as I could.”
At halftime, the Blues had a 10-2 advantage in shots with five on target, but Andonovski said the effects of their schedule were apparent after the break. FC Kansas City dropped down to five shots with five fouls and gave up a goal to Tiffany McCarty, who broke free and tied the score in the 78th minute.
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