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Breakers earn first win of season, beat Kansas City 1-0

FC Kansas City visited the Boston Breakers on Sunday evening in a matchup of the only winless teams in the NWSL. Kansas City came into the match with only two points through five games, while Boston had zero and had not recorded a goal on the season.

The Breakers finally broke through in the 19th minute as center back Whitney Engen headed in a Kristie Mewis corner kick to give Boston the lead and its first goal of the 2016 season. Engen made a run to the far post and got on the end of Mewis’ service to break Boston’s 561-minute goal drought.

Following Engen’s goal, Kansas City found some chances going forward, but could not convert. Late in the first half, Kansas City thought they had equalized after putting the ball in the back of the net off a corner kick, but the play was called back because of a foul.

In the second half, the Breakers put pressure on Kansas City as they looked to double the advantage. Nicole Barnhart had to sprint off her line to save a Katie Schoepfer shot. Later on, Kyah Simon found herself in a dangerous position in the box, but fired a shot just wide of the goal.

Kansas City struggled to create concrete scoring chances and in the end could not find a goal.

With the win, the Breakers jump Kansas City in the standings with three points. Kansas City now sits at the bottom of the table with two points.

Next up for the Breakers is an away game against the Western New York Flash on Friday, May 27. Kansas City will return home to play the Orlando Pride on Saturday, May 28.

 

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