After an undefeated streak that lasted nearly two months and helped FC Kansas City rise to second place in the National Women’s Soccer League, the Blues finally met their match against the defending champions.
The streak started with two draws and included seven consecutive victories, but came to a nightmarish end with a 7-1 loss to the Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park on Sunday night. It was the first time this season the Blues had given up more than three goals.
“There is no one thing that I can point to as for why we lost the game or played so poorly,” Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “I can probably go down the list and name 15 or 20 and when you add those together bad things are going to happen.”
Portland struck quickly with a goal by Veronica Boquete in the third minute, which also ended a streak of six straight shutouts for Kansas City goalkeeper and Army National Guard Player of the Month Nicole Barnhart who leads the league with eight shutouts.
Alex Morgan added to the lead with a shot from the left side in the 16th minute before Kansas City found an answer.
With U.S. national team player Lauren Holiday out with an undisclosed illness, her replacement Katrina Gorry stepped up to cut the deficit with a goal in the 30th minute. It was the first NWSL goal for Gorry who joined the team in June after playing in World Cup Qualifiers for the Australian national team.
After Gorry’s goal however, Portland would go on to score five unanswered goals to end the match starting with one in the 43rd minute by Allie Long. That goal pushed the lead back to two before the break. She also started the attack in the second half with a goal in the 63rd minute.
Boquete added her second goal of the match with a penalty kick and then assisted on Christine Sinclair’s goal later in the half. Amber Brooks ended the game with a header in the 87th minute.
The only real downside for the Thorns was that they were forced to finish the match without Morgan who was carted off in the 77th minute with an apparent ankle injury. Portland won the regular season series 2-1.
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