FC Kansas City and the Portland Thorns drew 1-1 in front of 3,022 fans at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City on Saturday night.
Kansas City, looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Western New York in their season opener last weekend, were awarded a penalty kick in the 19th minute after Shea Groom was taken down in the penalty area. However, for the second week in a row, FCKC could not convert their PK attempt, as Thorns keeper Michelle Betos dove to her right to tip Groom’s shot off the post and out of the net.
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But Groom would not be denied in the 30th minute, when her diving header off of a cross from Heather O’Reilly beat Betos to hand FC Kansas City the lead.
The game got turned on its head when the goal scorer Groom received a second yellow card in the 47th minute — the first yellow coming just minutes before half-time — forcing her to leave the game, and Kansas City to play the remainder of the second half down a player.
Portland was able to equalize in the 78th minute, when Lindsey Horan headed in a corner kick from Tobin Heath for her second goal in a Thorns uniform this season. Heath has provided the assist on each of the Thorns’ three goals so far this season.
Despite a late free kick awarded to Portland in a dangerous position outside of Kansas City’s 18-yard-box, FCKC keeper Nicole Barnhart was able to collect the free kick attempt and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Next up for Kansas City is a trip to Memorial Stadium to play the Seattle Reign next Sunday, May 1st, while Portland will visit the Boston Breakers the same day.
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