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FCKC and Houston play to a draw

The first score of the game came from Kansas City.
The first score of the game came from Kansas City.
Photo by Steve Wilson

FC Kansas City hosted the 2014 expansion team the Houston Dash on Sunday May 18 at the Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium. Blues player Amy Rodriguez was named player of the week and leads the National Women’s Soccer League with six goals. Kansas City enters the game in a three-way tie for third in the league and Houston in last place.

In the second minute, Lauren Holiday scored from the right side of the goal with an assist by Erika Tymrak to give FCKC a 1-0 lead. In the 14th minute Tymrak had a shot to goal that Erin McLeod goalkeeper for the Dash was able to get her fingertips on to send it over the top of the goal. In the 20th minute, the Dash tied the score with a goal by Jordan Jackson and an assist from Nina Burger.

In the 36th minute Tymrak scored from the left side after a razzle-dazzle on the Dash to give her, a shot that struck the cross bar landing inside the goal. The goal was unassisted giving the Blues a 2-1 lead. In the 41st minute, Amy Rodriguez had a shot for goal from the 18 that McLeod was able to force high over the goal. At the end of the first half Kansas City led 2 to 1.

In the first half FCKC made 10 shots compared to 2 shots by Houston and had five shots on goal, three more than the Dash. The Dash made two saves against one save by the Blues. No cards were issued by Kansas City received one foul and Houston had four.

In the 62nd minute, Liz Bogus took the field for Francis Silva of FCKC. The Dash substituted Tiffany McCarty for Jordan Jackson at the same time. The 65th minute of the match brought the first yellow card as Nina Burger was issued a caution card for a reckless foul. In the 67th minute, the Dash made two additional substitutions with Rafelle Souza for Nina Burger and Ella Masar for Teresa Noyola.

The 78th minute brought the first score of the second half as Tiffany McCarty of the Dash sent the ball down the right side past Barnhart. Ella Masar who had only entered the contest 11 minutes earlier assisted her on the play. In the 80th minute FCKC player, Nikki Phillips received a yellow card for a reckless foul. Morgan Marlborough substituted for Phillips in the 82nd minute of the game. In the 84th minute Amy Rodriguez, the leading scorer for FCKC made a shot on goal that was blocked by McLeod. The 90th minute brought a yellow card against Osinachi Ohale of Houston for a reckless foul.

Two minutes of stoppage was added to the regulation play. At the end of the extra time, both team were unable to score and the contest ended in a draw at 2-2.