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OCT 27
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Averbuch, Leroux score for FC Kansas City in 2-1 win over Portland Thorns FC
FCKC scored two goals in four minutes in the comeback win
FC Kansas City defender Yael Averbuch scored off a free kick in the second half vs. Portland Thorns FC. (Photo credit: Amy Kontras/isiphotos.com)
FC Kansas City defender Yael Averbuch scored off a free kick in the second half vs. Portland Thorns FC. (Photo credit: Amy Kontras/isiphotos.com)

FC Kansas City won their second straight game as they beat Portland Thorns FC 2-1 at home on a rainy night in Kansas City, Missouri. Kickoff was delayed by over two hours because of lightning in the area. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Thorns.

 

The Thorns took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute on a penalty kick goal, converted by Amandine Henry. Kansas City defender Becca Moros fouled Christine Sinclair in the box to set up the kick. Henry sent the ball to the lower left corner of the goal and past FCKC goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart for her second goal of the season.

Kansas City scored twice in four minutes in the second half to take the lead. The leveled the match in the 65th minute after Ashleigh Sykes fouled Moros on the left wing, just outside the top of the 18. Averbuch took the restart and sent a swerving ball to the near post and past Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch for the direct free kick score.

In the 69th minute, FC Kansas City made it 2-1 on a header by Sydney Leroux off an assist from Brittany Ratcliffe. Leroux’s fourth goal of the season was the eventual game-winner for the Blues.

Portland had a chance to equalize in the 89th minute when Lindsey Horan stepped up to take a free kick from about 30 yards out. Horan scored a late equalizer off a direct free kick earlier this season. This time, though, her attempt to place it in the upper left corner just missed, as it grazed the post and went out of bounds.

With the win, FC Kansas City improved to 5-8-5 with 20 points this season. With the loss, the Thorns failed to put distance between them and the Red Stars (who also lost Wednesday). The Thorns remain in second place with 31 points, just two ahead of the Red Stars for the second home semifinal spot in the NWSL playoffs.

 

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