Although Lauren Holiday was quick to admit that she was not pleased with her performance on Saturday night, it was exactly what FC Kansas City needed.
Holiday said she felt her touch and decision making were a little off, but she was able to knock in a pair of penalty kicks in the first half and help lift FC Kansas City to a 2-0 victory against the Boston Breakers on Saturday night at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium.
It was the third consecutive shutout for the Blues who are unbeaten in their last five games and have a 6-4-3 record. It also helped the Blues jump the Washington Spirit for second place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings.
“I guess it’s a streak now,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy. Boston came out and played a very good game, but we took advantage of our opportunities and managed to score those two early goals.”
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Although Amy Rodriguez had a three-game scoring streak snapped, she still found a way to make her mark in the game. In the 13th minute she cut to the right side of the box and drew a foul which led to Holiday’s first penalty kick.
Erika Tymrak split a pair of defenders in the 34th minute while dribbling down the left side and got tripped up in the box. Holiday sent the penalty kick sailing past Boston’s Alyssa Naeher and into the left side of the net for her fifth goal of the season.
“I don’t think that I played very well, but ARod and Erika had some great runs in the box and got two PKs and I was able to put them away,” Holiday said.
FC Kansas City held Boston to seven shots in the match while Nicole Barnhart recorded three saves. Barnhart, who was the 2013 NWSL goal keeper of the year, has five shutouts this season.
“I don’t think we got a rythym and I don’t think this was our best game by any means, but we have to build from there and we have to build on our attack, but our defenders were phenomenal,” Holiday said.