The second place FC Kansas City Blues hosted the third place Chicago Red Stars Saturday June 21 at the Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium. Kansas City has only allowed five goals on their home field; Chicago has not scored a goal against the Blues this season. Saturday’s match marked the first game that Chicago’s Julianne Sitch has been available for since receiving a two game suspension.
FC Kansas City came to the field with and aggressive offense, causing Karina LeBlanc the goalkeeper for the Red Stars to make several saves. As aggressive as the offense was the Kansas City defense came out stronger and more determined than the Red Stars counterpart did. It was not until the 44th minute of play before Barnhart was called on to make back-to-back saves.
In the first half Kansas City had seven shots, compared to three by the Red Stars. Chicago had two shots on goal in the last few minutes and Kansas City had four shots on goal. The Red Stars were called for five penalties, while the Blues played a foul-free first half.
Kansas City began the second half just as they finished the first, aggressive offense and defense. In the 64th minute, Katrina Gorry for the Blues took the field replacing Lauren Holiday. In the 67th minute, Vanessa DiBernardo replaced Melissa Tancredi for the Red Stars. In the 71st minute, Elizabeth Bogus took the field to replace Erika Tymrak for FCKC. The Red Stars sent in Taryn Hemmings to replace Rachel Quon in the 73rd minute.
In the 76th minute, Jen Buczkowski scored the first point of the game off a pass from Merritt Mathias, giving Kansas City a 1-0 lead. In the 77th minute, the Red Stars sent Jennifer Hoy to the field to replace Adriana Leon. In the 83rd minute, a yellow card was issued to Emily Van Egmond of the Red Stars for a reckless foul. In the 87th minute, Amy LePeilbet replaced Jenna Richmond for the Blues.
After one minute of stoppage the FC Kansas City Blues were able to hold on to the 1-0 score, increasing their win streak to five games and seven games without a loss.