FC Kansas City’s flickering playoff hopes dimmed even further Sunday night with a 2-0 loss to the Boston Breakers in front of 2,206 at Swope Soccer Village. It was Boston’s third win of the season and its second over FCKC this year.
All it took were goals by Katie Schoepfer and former FCKC player Kristie Mewis to give the Blues, 4-8-4, perhaps their worst loss of the year. The 2-0 disappointment comes after a month-long break for the Olympics.
“I don’t think (the break) was a factor in the result of the game, but I think that it almost at times looked like a preseason game,” said FCKC general manager Huw Williams, coaching in place of Vlatko Andonovski, who is out of the country. “It was hot out there and players were going down cramping from both teams. I definitely think it was a factor, but not a factor in the final result.”
Mewis’ goal, which came in the 81st minute, was the one to seal the deal for Boston, which has scored multiple goals only one other time this season and is now 3-11-1.
Mewis sent in a shot that deflected off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play. After some tussling, Mewis gained control again and sent in a second attempt, this time beating goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
As for Schoepfer, her first-half goal came off another rebound. Lo’eau LaBonta blocked her original shot, but Schoepfer gathered the rebound, turned quickly at the top of the box and sent the ball into the top corner of the net in the 38th minute. Boston, which has been in last place in the National Women’s Soccer League virtually all season, took a 1-0 lead into halftime against FCKC.
The first half was littered with missed chances for the Blues, specifically between Heather O’Reilly and Frances Silva. In the 19th minute, O’Reilly found herself in a one-on-one down the right flank and lofted a cross into the box to Silva. But the header that Silva whipped forward went wide.
The two players missed each other again in the 24th minute, O’Reilly sending in a cross that landed inches too far for Silva to get a touch on. Ten minutes later, O’Reilly again sprinted down the right flank solo, again sent in a cross directed at Silva; Silva again couldn’t finish in the box.
“We were just a little bit off in the box,” O’Reilly said. “With that, we’re disappointed, but we did create a lot. ... We’re incredibly disappointed in the result as a team because we knew we had a lot of opportunities. We would have loved to get the win, especially with Vlatko being away from us.”