Seattle Reign fell to FC Kansas City Sunday night for the third time in as many meetings in front of 1,377 fans at Starfire Stadium in Washington.
The match up proved to be a tough battle between strong possession oriented midfields, with both teams doing well to hold the ball and generate dangerous attacking chances.
The best chance of the half came to Kansas in the 42nd minute when Kristie Mewis sent a searching ball to her U.S National Team member Lauren Cheney near the top of the box. Hope Solo came off her line to try to clear the ball away but couldn’t get there in time as Cheney tipped it just over Solo’s head, resulting in the ball bouncing towards an open Seattle net. The Reign’s Lauren Barnes took off after the run-away ball reaching it just before it crossed the goal line, with a diving tackle into the netting she managed to tip the ball over the crossbar and out of harms way, with what was probably the save of the week.
As halftime rolled around both teams remained scoreless.
The second half started much the same way with both teams battling in midfield and taking their chances when they could gain breakaway opportunities.
Seattle’s best shot came around the 68th minute when Jessica Fishlock and Christine Nairn traded passes heading towards Kansas City’s goal. Fishlock took a shot that bounced off the post but only went as far as Keelin Winters who sent in another shot only to have it cleared away on the goal line by Blues defender Becky Sauerbrunn.
Erika Tymrak received the start Sunday to replace Kansas’s leading scorer Renae Culler, who was out with an injury following Thursday’s game against the Portland Thorns, and the switch paid off. In the 63rd minute FC Kansas City netted the first and only goal of the game thanks to Tymrak. It started when Cheney sent a lofting cross to Tymrak who brought the ball down and under her control, moving the ball past the byline towards a waiting Solo. Tymrak ripped the ball at the near post, with much confusion the ball bounced between the post and Solo before rolling across the goal line. The goal was originally stated to be an own goal to Solo, but upon further review Tymrak was credited with the point, leaving her with two goals in two games.
Both teams continued to generate chances through the rest of the match but nothing ever came of it ending the game 1-0 in favor of FC Kansas City.
The win boosts FC Kansas City (4-3-1) into fourth place in the NWSL league standings, beating out the Breakers who lost yesterday to the Chicago Red Stars. The Reign remain at the bottom of the rankings with (0-8-1).
Seattle heads to Portland on Sunday at 5 pm EST to play at JELD-WEN field. The Thorns sit at the top of NWSL rankings tied with Sky Blue with 22 points.
FC Kansas City will meet with Chicago Red Stars Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 pm in Lisle, Illinois.