FC Kansas City looking for fifth straight women’s soccer victory

06/20/2014 7:30 PM

06/20/2014 8:03 PM

Since falling to 3-4-1 early in the season, FC Kansas City appears to have found its groove.

The Blues are undefeated in their last six games with four consecutive victories and have taken over second place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings while outscoring opponents 10-4.

FC Kansas City returns home Saturday nightlooking to create some distance between itself and the third-place Chicago Red Stars. The game will start at 7 p.m. at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium where FC Kansas City is still undefeated with a 4-0-2 record.

“We are happy to get on a little streak and are going to do whatever we can on our side to continue that,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

The Blues are coming off a last-minute 2-1 victory against the Houston Dash without U.S. Women’s National Team members Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Nicole Barnhart. In their absence FC Kansas City turned to rookies Jenna Richmond, who scored her first professional goal, and Frances Silva, who scored the game-winner in stoppage time. Sara Keane also made her first professional start as goal keeper.

FC Kansas City will be back to full strength this match with all four national team members returning and the addition of Sarah Hagen, who was signed in March and recently finished her contract with FC Bayern Munich of the German Frauen-Bundesliga.

Saturday night’s game will also be the home-opener for Australian international Katrina Gorry, who joined FCKC in Houston and played 78 minutes.

“Katrina is a very talented, technical player who is very busy in the middle, and she is going to do very well for us,” Andonovski said. “In Houston she was good, but I don’t think she is near her best game yet.”

The Blues and Red Stars have already played once this season with FC Kansas City winning 1-0 on April 30 at Durwood Stadium. Rodriguez, who ranks second in the NWSL with nine goals in 14 games, scored in the 9th minute on an assist from Jen Buczkowski. The Blues then held on for one of Barnhart’s five shutouts which is a league best.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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