Zambian Star Scores to End Kansas City’s Unbeaten Streak

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• Unbeaten streak finally comes to an end

• Zambia international Barbra Banda

• 60th minute much needed winning goal

• #UgSportsNow

In a thrilling match that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Kansas City Current’s unbeaten streak finally came to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride. The game showcased some standout performances and dramatic moments that will be remembered for a long time.

Zambian Star Scores opening goal

The turning point of the match came in the 37th minute when Zambia international Barbra Banda scored the opening goal for Orlando Pride. Banda’s composed one-on-one finish against goalkeeper AD Franch not only put Orlando ahead but also propelled her past KC’s Temwa Chawinga in the race for the Golden Boot, awarded to the NWSL’s leading scorer.

Quick response from Chawinga

However, Chawinga quickly responded for the Kansas City Current just ten minutes later. With a brilliant coast-to-coast run and finish, she scored her 12th goal of the season, leveling the score at 1-1 and reigniting the competition for the Golden Boot.

Carrie Lawrence’s booking

Orlando Pride faced a setback when Carrie Lawrence received her second yellow card in the 42nd minute, resulting in a red card and forcing her team to play with ten players for the remainder of the match. Despite being a player down, the Pride maintained their game plan, frustrating the Current in the midfield and capitalizing on opportunities as they arose.

The much needed winning goal

In the 60th minute, Orlando earned a penalty kick after Adriana was fouled by Franch following a shot attempt. Veteran player Marta confidently converted the penalty kick, giving Orlando a 2-1 lead. The Current pushed forward aggressively in search of an equalizer, but despite their efforts, they couldn’t find the back of the net, even during the extended ten minutes of stoppage time.

The loss marked the end of an impressive unbeaten streak for the Kansas City Current, who had gone 17 matches (15 this season) without a defeat before facing the Orlando Pride. The result served as a reminder of the competitive nature of the NWSL and the unpredictable outcomes that can occur in each match.

While the Current’s streak may have ended, the team’s strong performances throughout the season show their potential for future success in the league. As the race for the Golden Boot and playoff positions heats up, fans can expect more thrilling matches and standout moments as the NWSL season continues.

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