FC Kansas City

July 6, 2014

FC Kansas City offense excels during seventh straight victory

Newcomer Sarah Hagen leads women’s soccer team with two first-half goals against Sky Blue FC.

Although it was only her second game with FC Kansas City, Sarah Hagen quickly found a way to contribute to the Blues’ winning ways.

Hagen scored her first two goals of the season while leading FC Kansas City to a 5-0 rout of Sky Blue FC on Sunday night at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The victory extended the Blues’ win streak to seven games, and they are now undefeated in their last nine matches.

“They performed very well and every line worked,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “They were connected and worked extremely hard so the end result was no surprise.”

Erika Tymrak got the Blues off to a quick start when she scored on an assist from Leigh Ann Robinson in the second minute for her third goal of the season. Then, Lauren Holiday bent in a corner kick from the right side in the ninth minute for a 2-0 lead.

Hagen, who had previously been playing for Bayern Muchen in Germany, added to the attack with her first National Women’s Soccer League goal in the 20th minute on an assist from Tymrak. She also headed in a rebound after Holiday’s shot hit the post in the 42nd minute, extending the lead to 4-0 before the break.

“She has been a great acquisition for the team,” Andonovski said. “Her presence and goal scoring ability has definitely been something we have welcomed especially the way we play and possess the ball.”

It was the Blues’ highest scoring half of the season and matched their highest game total dating back to a 4-0 victory against the Houston Dash on May 3.

Amy Rodriguez added one more goal in stoppage time and Army National Guard Player of the Month Nicole Barnhart recorded her sixth consecutive shutout, sealing the victory. Barnhart leads the NWSL with eight shutouts on the season.

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

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