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FC Kansas City opens the season at home with a draw

FC Kansas City faced Sky Blue FC on Saturday night.
FC Kansas City faced Sky Blue FC on Saturday night.Photo by Steve Wilson

The FC Kansas City Blues hosted Sky Blue FC Saturday April 12 at the Blues new home at Durwood Stadium located on the Campus at UMKC. The 2013 season ended with FC Kansas City tied for the second best home record in the National Women’s Soccer League and Sky Blue with the second best road record.

At 27:35 in the first half Caitlin Foord and collided with Nikki Phillips who was helped from the field for the injury that resulted. Phillips was able to return to the game at 29:58. At 37:15, Sky Blue received a free kick that was knocked over the top of the goal. In the 42nd minute, the Blues drew first blood with a goal from a pass by Kassey Kallman and a score by Amy Rodriguez. At about 45 minutes, Rodriguez has a second shot on goal, but the shot went wide right. After aggressive defensive stands by both teams, the first half ended with Kansas City leading the Sky Blue 1-0.

In the first half, FC Kansas City had taken seven shots to one shot taken by Sky Blue. The Blues had five shots on goal to Sky Blues one and the Blues had to make only one save compared to four by Sky Blue. The Blues had three fouls and Sky Blue had four.

Sky Blue answered quickly in the second half with a goal by Katy Freels unassisted in the 48th minute to tie the score at 1-1. In the 61st minute, Rodriguez had another shot on goal that went wide after being blocked by the goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

The first substitution of the game came in the 63rd minute for Sky Blue with Nanase Kiryu replacing Taylor Lytle. FC Kansas City made their first substitution in the 68th minute with Morgan Marlborough replacing Liz Bogus. In the 75th minute Sky Blue made their second substitution with Ashley Nick replacing Camille Levin. The third substitution for Sky Blue came in the 76th minute with Monica Ocampo replacing Lindsi Cutshall. The second FC Kansas City came at the 79th minute with Jenna Richmond making her Kansas City debut replacing Merritt Mathias.

A minimum of one-minute stoppage time was added to the end of the second half. Neither team was able to take advantage of the minute nor the game ended in a tie of 1-1.