After draws in the last two games, FC Kansas City travelled to Boston on Sunday with a chance to extend a two-game undefeated streak and return to .500 before taking a week and a half off.
Although this was the last in an exhausting stretch of nine games in 30 days, the Blues were able to accomplish both goals in a 2-0 victory against the Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium. They evened their record at 4-4-3.
“It was very important for us to get back on track with a win,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we found a way to win, and after these nine games, with how fatigued we were and how tired we were, I have to say that I am very proud of the girls for the character and hard work they put in.”
Boston came close to scoring in the 27th minute, but FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was able to get a hand up and tip Katie Schoepfer’s shot out and over the crossbar. It was one of four saves for Barnhart, who recorded her third shutout of the season. Boston scored on the ensuing corner kick, but it was called off because the ball went out of bounds.
After a scoreless first half, Nikki Phillips gave the Blues the lead off a corner kick from Lauren Holiday. The ball bounced off a defender before landing in front of Phillips, who tapped it past Boston goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for her first goal of the season.
“It’s something that we’ve done before and have been working on, and I’m glad it worked well for us for the first time this season,” Andonovski said.
Amy Rodriugez, who is tied to lead the National Women’s Soccer League in scoring, added her eighth goal of the year in the 82nd minute off a curling cross from Jen Buczkowski.