Seattle’s Merritt Mathias will not face disciplinary action from the National Women’s Soccer League after getting tangled up with FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom on Saturday.
Groom went up for a header in the first half against Reign FC and ended up on the ground. Mathias, who played for FCKC from 2013-14, seemingly pushed Groom’s face into the turf. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Disciplinary Committee completed a review of the incident between the two players, according to a league spokesman, but declined to punish Mathias. Mathias did not receive discipline from the match’s referees, either.
“She (Mathias) was right on top of her, and it was pretty obvious what happened,” FCKC head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “She pushed (Shea’s) face down with her hand. ... There’s no question there should have been discipline.
“The majority of our fans at our stadium are young soccer players, and that doesn’t set any kind of example for them. They don’t need to see anything like that, and I just hope that kind of thing doesn’t happen again in the future.”
The history between Reign FC and FCKC isn’t exactly a sweet one: The Blues have beaten Seattle for the last two NWSL championships.
Groom, a Liberty native, is in her second year in the league and has become an offensive weapon for the Blues. She’s sixth in the NWSL with 22 shots this season and seventh with 10 shots on goal.