The match against NJ / NY Gotham FC was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. CT. This was not the case as thunderstorms delayed the kick-off by 3 hours and 20 minutes, but the match did not disappoint as the match progressed towards midnight in the central time zone and through to Saturday. on the East coast.
KC NWSL again had to adjust his starting XI as there were major injuries (Elizabeth Ball, Taylor Leach, Abby Smith) and national team duties (Desiree Scott, Chloe Logarzo).
Unfortunately, in the 11th minute, Darian Jenkins left the game with a left thigh injury. Michele Vasconcelos replaced her to join Jéssica Silva and Amy Rodriguez in the attack.
But it would be NJ / NY Gotham FC that would strike first despite the pressure from KC. Ifeoma Onumonu took the ball into the penalty area and sent it down to the left, passing two defenders along its path to the net, giving the home side the advantage in the 31st minute.
Facing her seventh potential loss of the season, KC made some changes in the 77th minute, including bringing in Marianna Larroquette, who worked tirelessly to break through Gotham’s defense.
In the 83rd minute, Larroquette caught a pass from the Gotham defense, passing the ball into free space, and determined to beat the last defender, caught the ball. Noticing Gotham’s goalkeeper out of her line, she sent a sharp shot towards the goal, tying the game at 1-1.
Gotham FC were looking to win the game and put pressure on the KC defense with 4 shots on target in the dying minutes. But veteran goaltender Nicole Barnhart made two saves, one of which she just managed to tip the goal, keeping Kansas City in the dying moments of the game to a 1-1 draw.
Kansas City will stay on the road, going to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington against OL reign Sunday July 11. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. CT, except weather delays, of course.