With a win on Wednesday night the FC Kansas City Blues moved to first place in the standings ahead of FC Skyblue by one point. The Boston Breakers traveled to Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. on Wednesday to face off against the third place FC Kansas City Blues. Wednesday’s game had been rescheduled from April 20th, because of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Lauren Holiday of the Blues and Sydney Leroux of the Breakers are tied for the league scoring lead at 10 goals each.
On Tuesday it was announced that Erika Tymrak of the Blues had been voted the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week for Week 15. Tymrak had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory of Kansas City of the Seattle Reign FC on Saturday July 20 at Verizon Wireless Field.
FCKC had several attempts at goal in the first 11 minutes of the competition. Most missed there mark by a high degree. Twice Ashley Phillips, the Breakers goal keeper had to make plays to prevent a score. In the first 14 minutes Boston had only one weak attempt in the goal area and it was broken up by Merritt Mathias who ran the ball 60 yards before it was knocked out of bounds by the Breakers.
In the 17th minute Melissa Henderson took a strong strike for the Breakers goal. Phillips again was able to block the ball and Henderson was called off sides. In the 19th minute Lauren Holiday had a serious look at goal but missed it to the right. The 20th minute brought another attempt by the Blues which was again blocked by Phillips.
The 26th minute brought the first legitimate attempt for goal by the breakers. Heather O’Reilly attempted a shot from distance that flew over the top of the goal. In the 28th minute O’Reilly was fouled and received a free kick, which went wide left.
In the 37th minute Sydney Leroux and O’Reilly set up an attempt at goal. Nicole Barnhart, FCKC goal keeper, made a diving catch to prevent the score.
In the first half the FCKC Blues were the aggressor in the game. The Blues took a total of eight shots compared to only two by the Breakers and they had five shots to goal compared to the Breakers zero. Corner shots also went to the Blues with six and none for Boston. Barnhart wasn’t challenged often in the first half, but the Breakers had two blocks three saves.
In the 50th minute of the game Katie Schoepfer had a shot from distance which flew wide and high left of the goal. In the next minute the Blues had two chances by Erika Tymrak for goal, the first missing high and the second to the left of goal. Phillips was tested a third time in the 53rd minute.
Phillips for the Breakers created controversy when she was in the penalty area and used her hands. The red card was missed by the referee and foul went undetected. In the 62nd minute the Blues and Breakers traded attempts at goal. Rhian Wilkinson came into the game for the Breakers in the 62nd minute, replacing Katie Schoepfer.
In the 65th minute Teresa Noyola charged to the field in substitution for Melissa Henderson. The Blues remained the more aggressive of the teams in the second half. In the 69th minute several Kansas City players had an attempt on the ball which finally flew wide left.
In the 72nd minute Tymrak fed the ball to Merritt Mathias on the right side of the field. Mathias drove the ball and was able to get a kick on goal that passed Phillips, giving the Blues a 1 to 0 lead.
In the 75th minute the Breakers substituted Carmelina Moscato in for Mariah Noguiera. The Blues made another substitution in the 79th minute sending Courtney Jones in for Erika Tymrak.
The Blues continued their dominance in the game and in the 85th minute Lauren Holiday on the right side of the field passed across to Courtney Jones who was able to re-direct the ball past Phillips for a 2 to 0 lead for the Blues. In the 90th minute Merritt Mathias received a pass for Holiday and directed it into the goal for a 3 to 0 lead. At the end of regulation the Blues had out played the Breakers 3 to 0 keeping their streak of eight games without a loss alive.
The win on Wednesday night the FC Kansas City Blues moved to first place in the standings ahead of FC Skyblue by one point.