Missing four starters who were called up for U.S. Women’s National Team duty, FC Kansas City turned to a pair of rookies Saturday to help extend its winning streak to four games.
Jenna Richmond stepped up with her first professional goal in the 66th minute, and Frances Silva sealed the 2-1 victory with a goal in stoppage time to defeat the Houston Dash. The victory at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston gave the Blues a 2-0-1 final season record against the Dash and a 7-4-3 overall ledger.
“It seems like everything is clicking,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “I was very happy to see not just Jenna and Silva who scored but all the other young players who stepped up when some of the key players were not here.”
After a scoreless first half, Richmond broke free in the 66th minute and fired a rocket from outside the box that slipped past Houston’s backup goalkeeper Bianca Henninger to put the Blues on top.
The Blues held that lead until the Dash lined up for corner kick in the 78th minute and the ball bounced around before being knocked in by Becky Edwards. The goal ended a streak of three consecutive shutouts for the Blues.
Silva, who entered the game in the 70th minute, headed in the game winner off a cross from Erika Tymrak in the 93rd minute.
The Blues were playing without Amy Rodriguez, Nicole Barnhart, Becky Sauerbrunn and Lauren Holiday, who were all present for the United States’ 1-0 victory against France. The Dash were also playing without a handful of starters, including Nina Burger, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Erin McLeod and Kaylyn Kyle, who were called up for national team duties.
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