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KC Current remain unbeaten, win 5-2 vs. Bay FC

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After a road game in New Jersey against Gotham FC where the Current earned a point, remaining unbeaten and at the top of the table, Kansas City returned to CPKC Stadium to host Bay FC. The streak would be extended to five with the Current remaining unbeaten after a 5-2 win.

Starting XI

Hailie Mace returned to the starting lineup, and Bayley Feist earned her second start, filling in for Lo LaBonta, who missed another game with injury. The rest of the lineup remained pretty much the same with usual cast.

KC doing KC things

KC started the attack early, and super early, as in two goals by the seventh minute, taking a 2-0 lead.

  • Goal number 1: Bia Zaneratto with her third goal of the season.
  • Goal number 2: Bayley Feist with her first goal of the season, off a corner kick with a header. Assisted by Alexa Spaanstra.

According to OptaJack, Feist became the 10th different goalscorer for Kansas City this season. It is the most in NWSL history for a team in the first five games.

Bay FC was able to get on the board in the 17th minute, though. Kansas City once again conceded a goal off a set piece, a corner kick as Kayla Sharples connected with a header. It would be the only goal given up by Kansas City in the first half, keeping their 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

It’s the Chawinga & Bia Show!

We are just living in it. Really. If there were any worries with a 2-1 lead coming into the second half, Chawinga and Bia showed why there shouldn’t be as both helped extend the lead. Chawing with 2 goals, and Bia with another this game.

  • Goal number 3: Chawinga settled the ball so easily after receiving a pass and took into the box for a shot to the bottom right corner. Easy peasy. Goal.
  • Goal number 4: With a long ball from Vanessa DiBenardo to Chawinga, and goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx nearly basically out of the box, Chawinga lobs it in for her second goal of the game.
  • Goal number 5: Bia receives a pass from Chawinga. Briefly loses the ball, but recovers and puts it in for another goal.

Bay FC briefly spoiled the fun, adding a second goal, but it wouldn’t be enough or close enough to impact Kansas City’s lead, and the Current closed out the game with another win at home.

NWSL Match Report
Match: Kansas City Current vs. Bay FC
Date: April 20, 2024
Venue: CPKC Stadium, Kansas City, Mo
Kickoff: 6:30 CT/4:30 PT
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy
Attendance: 11,500

Discipline
23’ Bay FC – Sharples (Yellow)
87’ Bay FC – Princess (Yellow)

Scoring
2’ Kansas City – Bia
6’ Kansas City – Feist (Spaanstra)
17’ Bay FC – Sharples (Castellanos)
56’ Kansas City – Chawinga (DiBernardo)
62’ Kansas City – Chawinga (DiBernardo)
73’ Bia
78’ Bay FC – Tess Boade (Anderson)

Kansas City Current Lineup: Franch Β©, Mace (Steigleder 90’+1), Robinson, Ball, Wheeler, Feist, Hutton, Spaanstra (Cooper 65’), DiBernardo (Lavogez 65’), Chawinga (Ballisager 90’+1), Zaneratto (Pfeiffer 77’)

Unused Substitutes: Scott, Rodriguez, Hamilton, Silkowitz

Bay FC Lineup: Proulx, King (Moreau 81’), Sharples (Brewster 81’), Menges, Dydasco, Bailey (Conti 67’), Loera (31’ Anderson), Castellanos (Princess 67’), Kundananji, Oshoala, Boade
Unused Substitutes: Rowland, Malonson, Beattie, Shepherd

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