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FC Kansas City faced off with the Boston Breakers to a
2-0 win in front of 2,622 fans at Harvard Stadium in Boston. This was
the first matchup between the two clubs; the win moves Kansas City to
4-4-3 and third place in the National Women's Soccer League standings.
Tonight's goals came from team and league leading scorer, Amy Rodriguez,
while Nikki Phillips scored her first professional goal.
The Blues started the game by stopping a few attacks from Boston. Once
rewarded a corner, Kansas City's captain Becky Sauerbrunn headed it just
wide of the goal. Kansas City kept the traditional 4-2-3-1 formation
with familiar faces such as Tymrak, Holiday and Rodriguez in the
Possession transferred between teams, but both defenses held strong.
There was a close call from Boston in the 28th minute when Lianne
Sanderson sent a bouncing corner to the other side of the box. A Boston
player got a hold of it just beyond the byline and sent it to Julie
King. The ball was headed in to the net, but the cross was ruled out of
bounds and the goal was not counted. The referee's decision left both
sides at zero 30 minutes in to the match.
Right before the dangerous corner, Liz Bogus went down and sat out the
play. Kansas City made an injury substitution and brought on impact
rookie, Frances Silva to replace Bogus. Late in the first half, Silva
found a running Holiday but Boston's goalkeeper came out for a sliding
save, the game stayed scoreless at the whistle for halftime.
Kansas City would capitalize on a corner kick in the 62nd minute.
Holiday set up for the corner and sent it soaring in to the box.
Phillips got the ball on the far post and tapped it in for the first
goal of the match and her professional career.
The second goal would start with Holiday finding Buczkowski running up
the right side, open. Holiday sent it over to Buczkowski who saw
Rodriguez up the middle and on side. Buczkowski crossed the ball over
and Rodriguez sent it right past Boston's goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead in
the 82nd minute. There would not be much action in the last 8 minutes,
giving Kansas City 3 road points and ending a grueling 9 game streak
FC Kansas City is back in action at home on June 4th to host the Western New York Flash. Kick off is set for 7:00 PM Central Time on that Wednesday. For tickets to this or any home match, call 855.4KC.GOAL