So I was at the game, and I remember thinking I loved everything about the goal, from the lead-up to Matheson’s shot.
SO, I rewatched it, and broke it down. Then I figured I’d put it on here to share my excitement with all of you to maybe get you excited with how I hope this season continues to go. It all started with a free kick for Kansas City in their half. Here’s how it shook out.
Game clock: 36:56
-Holiday launches the ball towards the Spirit penalty box
-Robin Gayle knocks the ball down and sends it to Christine Nairn’s feet.
-Nairn takes 2 touches then passes to Lori Lindsey on the right side of the field.
-Lindsey takes one touch then passes to Diana Matheson.
-Matheson takes a heavy touch, hits some KC traffic, and passes it back to Ali Krieger.
-Krieger one times it to Nairn.
-Nairn has space, settles the ball, then switches the field (AND USES THE WIDTH) with a long pass to Gayle on the left side of the field.
-Gayle takes 3 or 4 touches then passes to Crystal Dunn.
-Dunn is immediately swarmed by 4 KC players. While she manages to dribble through them, she takes a heavy touch on the ball.
-A wild Matheson appears and one times a right footed shot at goal.
GOAL! Game clock: 37:24
28 seconds, 7 passes (8 if you count Dunn’s touch that Matheson jumped on), 1 golazo.