Women Football Banda on target as Orlando Pride end Kansas City’s unbeaten streak

The Kansas City Current’s unbeaten streak has ended following a 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride.

Zambia international Barbra Banda put Orlando on the board first in the 37th minute. She passed KC’s Temwa Chawinga in the race for the Golden Boot (NWSL leading scorer) with a composed one-on-one finish against goalkeeper AD Franch.

Ten minutes later, the KC Current star had an answer. Chawinga scored her 12th goal of the season with a coast-to-cost run and finish. The score was tied 1-1, as was the race for the Golden Boot.

The Current (10-1-5) played the entire second half up a player after Orlando’s Carrie Lawrence was given her second yellow card — and thus a red card — in the 42nd minute. But the Pride didn’t deviate too much from their game plan, even with 10 players.

Orlando frustrated the Current in the middle of the field and looked for chances here and there. The Pride eventually earned a penalty kick in the 60th minute after Adriana was cleaned out by Franch after a shot attempt.

Marta buried the penalty kick. Orlando went up 2-1. The Current threw everything forward for the remainder of the game but couldn’t find the equalizer — even with 10 minutes of stoppage time.

Before Saturday, the Current had gone 17 matches (15 this season) without a defeat.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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