For 68 minutes it looked as if Seattle Reign FC was ready to avenge last week’s 2-0 loss to FC Kansas City and earn at least a point during their home opener, then the play of the match happened.
“I got the ball and dribbled out of a bit of pressure and realized the whole right side was pretty open, so I just went for it,” FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn said of her run that lead to the match winning goal. “It was one of those plays you imagine in your mind but never actually think would happen. Everything clicked for that one play and it felt amazing.”
The play that Sauerbrunn was referring to was one where she first touched the ball outside of her goal box, laid it off to Desiree Scott, made a run down the line, got the ball back about 35 yards outside Seattle’s box, laid it off to Lauren Cheney, continued her run, got the ball back and streaked to the goal. Tired yet? Neither was Sauerbrunn. She feed the ball between three Reign FC defenders and found Renae Cuellar who one-timed it by a diving Michelle Betos to give FCKC at 1-0 lead and ultimately the win.
It was Cuellar’s third goal of the season and she has scored in every match this season. Only Sydney Leroux, who scored the first hat-trick in NWSL history Saturday night, has more goals (4) than Cuellar.
With the win, FC Kansas City moved into a tie for second place with the Boston Breakers and are one of only three undefeated teams remaining in the league. Next up for FC Kansas City is the Western New York Flash this Saturday at 7:35pm EDT.
Seattle’s loss moved them into a tie with the Chicago Red Stars for seventh place and it doesn’t get any easier for them as they hit the road and take on fourth place Sky Blue FC this Saturday at 7:00pm EDT.
We’ve also found a few more recaps of Saturday’s match that we wanted to share with you …
FC Kansas City remains unbeaten with 1-0 win at Seattle at KansasCity.com
FC Kansas City stayed unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Reign late Saturday night in front of 2,618 at Starfire Stadium.
The Seattle Reign did just about enough to earn a win against FC Kansas City in a tight match. Neither team allowed the opponents any time on the ball, and Seattle’s narrow victory came from the few times they were able to be aggressive.
Flat home opener for Reign FC in 1-0 loss to FC Kansas City at The Seattle Times
“I would’ve liked to cap the night with a win, for sure, but it was gratifying to see people out here having fun,” said owner Bill Predmore. “We wanted to give people a great soccer experience, and I think women’s soccer can be just as exciting and just as much fun as going to watch the Sounders or any men’s soccer.”
Goals by Half 1 2 F
SEA 0 0 0
FCKC 0 1 1
FCKC – Cuellar (Sauerbrunn) 69