Kansas City Current secures first playoff berth with 3-0 win

Midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta blasted a pass from Kate Del Fava into the goal for a 1-0 Kansas City lead. The Current won the match 3-0, locking in a spot in the upcoming NWSL playoffs. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Kansas City Current locked down an NWSL playoff spot — the first in team history — with a 3-0 win over the Washington Spirit at Children’s Mercy Park Sunday afternoon. After early season disappointments left the team at the bottom of the standings, the Current still has the chance to finish on top.

Nearly ten thousand fans enjoyed the warm early fall weather and bright sunshine, and Lo’eau LaBonta, CeCe Kizer and Clair Lavogez each scored first-half goals to ensure the crowd enjoyed the outcome as well.

The Current pressed high in the early going and created some high-quality chances. CeCe Kizer was aggressive in taking on Spirit dribblers in their own end, and Claire Lavogez won possessions by anticipating and disrupting Washington’s passing lanes.

Kansas City had some great chances in the first few minutes, but was denied by three great saves from Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury.

LaBonta finally got the home side on the board in the 18th minute on a full-field build-up. After the ball crossed the midway line, Alex Loera played it up the right side to Kate Del Fava who beat a challenge from defender Julia Roddar and then lofted a cross to Lo’eau LaBonta centered just outside the 18-yard box.

LaBonta took a touch to settle the ball and then turned on it, blasting it high into the right corner of the goal.

The Current continued the offensive pressure, but mis-timed two opportunities in quick succession, leading to apparent goals waved off for offsides.

Kizer earned the second goal for the Current in the 38th minute, picking up the rebound of a corner kick from Loera and knocking it in from the 6-yard line.

Claire Lavogez wrapped the scoring action just 3 minutes later, picking up Kristen Hamilton’s pass from the endline and tapping it past Kingsbury from close range.

The Spirit made substitutions through the second half and continued to press for a goal, holding possession for long stretches but unable to create dangerous chances against Kansas City’s defense.

The Current will play its final regular season match next Sunday against Louisville FC. Kansas City holds third place in the standings, but final playoff seeding and scheduling will depend on the next week’s outcomes. The top six teams make the playoffs, and the top four will play host to at least one playoff match.

Defender Alex Loera signed a baby’s onesie after the match. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Forward CeCe Kizer stretched out to take a shot on goal but was denied by Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Fans celebrated in the south stands after CeCe Kizer’s goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Washington midfielder Bayley Feist knocked the ball away from defender Kate Del Fava. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Fans could get faces painted on the stadium plaza before the match. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Midfielder Claire Lavogez lined up a shot on goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Fans in the Blue Crew supporters’ section celebrated the win after the match. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Forward CeCe Kizer went high to head the ball away from Washington midfielder Andi Sullivan. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Rhythm and blues singer Carlton Rashad entertained the crowd on the stadium plaza before the game and performed the national anthem. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Forward CeCe Kizer smiled as her shot rolled into the corner of the Washington goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Fans enjoyed games and entertainment on the stadium plaza before the match. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta headed the ball near the Washington goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Families enjoyed the warm day together at Children’s Mercy Park. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Forward Kristen Hamilton fought for possession with Washington defender Amber Brooks. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

Today’s public meetings

UG Public Works and Safety Committee to meet

Monday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. – Unified Government Public Works and Safety Committee will meet in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 512, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting also will be on Zoom. The agenda includes an update on acceptance and a grant award from Cities and Counties for Fine and Fee Justice; an ordinance on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones); a resolution authorizing a survey for the improvement to the Leavenworth Road and Hutton Road intersection project; a resolution authorizing a survey for the Bridge 311 reconstruction project over Barber Creek; amendment to the code on open burning; findings of a study for potential composting operations; the public works quarterly report; and an appearance by Christen Fornal-Higbee to discuss KCK animal services. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84284722842?pwd=NEtab1NwazRzMGMzNHlxT1VhbVBTQT09. For more information, see https://www.wycokck.org/Departments/Clerks-Office/Agendas-Minutes.

UG Administration and Human Services Committee

Monday, Sept. 26, after the public works meeting – The Unified Government Administration and Human Services Committee will meet after the UG public works meeting. The meeting will be in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 512, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. It also will be virtually on Zoom. The agenda includes amending an ordinance related to emissions of odors; amending food establishment regulation and licensing; a proposal to support a regional electrical vehicle strategic plan; and participation in the Mid-America Regional Council grant to encourage the use of electric vehicles. The Zoom link is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84284722842?pwd=NEtab1NwazRzMGMzNHlxT1VhbVBTQT09.

Comfortable, windy weather ahead today

Breezy conditions are in the forecast for today, with north northwest winds gusting up to 21 mph. (National Weather Service graphic)
The extended outlook for Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today will see comfortable and fall-like weather, along with winds gusting up to 21 mph, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Dry conditions will continue through the upcoming work week, with most daytime highs in the 70s, the weather service said. The exception will be Tuesday, when the high could reach 80.

Next weekend will see dry weather with temperatures in the high 70s, according to the weather service.

For the next several weeks, the region will have above normal temperatures and below average precipitation, the weather service said. That does not mean there won’t be any rain in the future weeks, but it means there will not be a lot of drought relief.

Today, it will be sunny, with a high near 75 and a north northwest wind of 5 to 11 mph, gusting as high as 21 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be clear, with a low of 50 and a north northwest wind of 6 mph becoming calm in the evening, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it will be sunny, with a high near 80 and a calm wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, it will be clear, with a low of 48 and an east wind of 7 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny, with a high near 70 and an east wind of 5 to 9 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, it will be clear, with a low of 46, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be sunny, with a high near 72, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 50, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be sunny, with a high near 76, the weather service said.

Friday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 50, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny, with a high near 78, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 52, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be sunny, with a high near 79, the weather service said.