Kansas City NWSL Finds Equalizer in Added Time NWSL KC

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Kansas City NWSL Finds Equalizer in Added Time

Defender Taylor Leach ties the game in the final minutes

HOUSTON (May 23, 2021) – Kansas City NWSL opened all scoring in today’s match with forward Mallory Weber threading a pass to forward Amy Rodriguez, giving KC a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Houston Dash found two goals in the second half, including one from Kansas City native Shea Groom. 

Despite playing much of the second half with 10 players due to defender Elizabeth Ball being sent off with two yellow cards, defender Taylor Leach rose over Houston’s defense and scored the equalizer two minutes into added time. With Leach’s goal, Kansas City earns a point in the standings and heads home with a 2-2 draw.

The first half belonged to Kansas City with a beautiful goal in the 13th minute. It started with an over-the-top ball from Gaby Vincent that was perfectly placed onto Weber’s foot, who then took one touch and crossed it. Forward Rodriguez slid into position and tapped the ball to the back of the net. 

Houston had their best chance of the half at the 32nd minute from outside the box on a shot from midfielder Sophie Schmidt who sailed it slightly over the net. Houston put pressure on Kansas City‘s backline in the last five minutes of the half with some dangerous attacks but was unable to find the back of the net. 

As the second half opened, Houston took charge, finally responding in the 60th minute. Defender Allysha Chapman jumped into the offense and chipped a ball over the top of the Kansas City backline where Dash Captain Rachel Daly clipped it with her head over Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. 

Only six minutes later, Houston added a second goal off a corner kick from Kristie Mewis to Shea Groom who headed it to the ground in the left corner of the net. Things continued to not go to Kansas City’s way as Ball received her second yellow card of the match in the 69th minute, forcing her team to play down a player for the rest of the match. 

As the clock wound down, lightning struck two minutes into added time for Kansas City as forward Mariana Larroquette placed a perfectly crossed ball to Leach who hit an incredible header off the post and into the back of the net. The score was Leach’s first NWSL goal. 

Commenting after the game Leach said, “I'm just very excited to be able to come away with a point on the road in a difficult situation. Here we go down a man and to be able to pull this one off - I think it's good going back home to Kansas City and playing Chicago on Wednesday - I was super excited for that.”

In his post-game press conference Head Coach Huw Williams stated that the goal scored in the final minutes, “showed the character, showed the personality, showed the guts, showed the effort, showed the heart of this group. Sometimes it's about tactics. Sometimes it's about skill. Sometimes it's about determination and finding a way, and Leach’s goal today, how she rose up, great header, couldn’t wish for a better header than that. That's the type of moment, that can elevate and certainly boost the morale of a team and elevate the team to another level. That's what we'll use for right now, we'll use this as a stepping stone for us to get better as a team.”

Kansas City now sets its sight to the team’s return home. A new chapter in Kansas City professional sports begins Wednesday as Kansas City NWSL opens its regular season home schedule at Legends Field against the Chicago Red Stars. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT with parking lots opening at 4 p.m. CT. Kathleen and the One Nite Stand Band will play outside the stadium for fans pregame, while The Voice Season 16 winner Maelyn Jarmon will perform the National Anthem and the famous Marching Cobras will perform at halftime.

NWSL Match Report 

Match: Houston Dash vs. Kansas City 

Date: May 23, 2021

Venue: BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas

Kickoff: 6:07 p.m. CT

Weather: 82 degrees, windy


53’ KC – Ball (Yellow)

58’ HOU – Schmidt (Yellow)

61’ KC – Leach (Yellow)

69’ KC – Ball (Red/Second Yellow)

87’ KC – Listro (Yellow)


13’ KC – Rodriguez (Weber)

60’ HOU – Daly (Chapman)

66’ HOU – Groom (Mewis)

90’+2 KC – Leach (Larroquette) 

Scoring Summary 





Houston Dash 




Kansas City 





Houston Dash: Houston: Campbell, Chapman, Naughton, Oyster, Hanson, Schmidt, Groom (67’ Ogle), Mewis (90’ Nairn), Seiler (67’ Latsko), Prince (88’ Fields), Daly.                                            

Substitutes Not Used: Harris, Prisock, Marshall, Rosa, Visalli. 

Kansas City: Barnhart, Edmonds (22’ Bowen), Corsie, Leach, Ball, Vincent (78’ Listro), Vasconcelos (55’ Scott), Pickett, Rodriguez, Weber (78’ Del Fava), Jenkins (78’ Larroquette).

Substitutes Not Used: McCain, Johnson, Maemone, Smith.




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