FC Kansas City (7-4-3, 24 pts.) and the Washington Spirit (1-7-4, 12 pts.) played in their second and final regular season meeting on Wednesday in Maryland, ending in a 1-1 draw.
FC Kansas City struggled to break through the Spirit defense in the absence of Lauren Cheney despite controlling possession for much of the match. Forward Erika Tymrak gave the Blues the lead in the 55th minute on a shot from outside the box after a quick pass from Merritt Mathias.
Despite several chances for both teams, nothing found the net for the next half hour of play until, for the second time in three games, FCKC gave up the late equalizer. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn delivered a tackle in the box to Tiffany McCarty and was called for the questionable penalty. The Spirit’s Diana Matheson, back from an ankle injury, lined up at the spot and delivered an unusual chip shot to even the score at 1-1 in the 87th minute. The goal ended the Spirit’s scoreless streak at 543 minutes.
“I was really pleased with the performance, especially given our missed chances in the first half and going down in the second,” new Spirit head coach Mark Parsons said. “With how our confidence shot up after the equalizer, imagine if we’d gone up earlier.”
The Blues next face the WNY at Verizon Wireless Field on Sunday at 3:10pm CT. It will be the only time the Flash visit Kansas City this season and an important match in the jockeying for playoff positions. FCKC leads WNY in the standings by only two points, and could lose their third place position if WNY defeats Chicago this afternoon.
Washington travels to New Jersey to face Sky Blue FC on Saturday at 7:00pm ET. A win at Yurcak moves them back out of the basement and into 7th in the NWSL standings.