KC Current vs. San Diego Wave NWSL Football Game Score 04/06/22

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Current KC defender Kate Del Fava (8) drives the ball past San Diego wave defender Naomi Girma (4) during their teams game played Saturday June 4, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas

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Kansas City Current looked like they were on their way to victory against the expansion San Diego Wave on Saturday night thanks to goals from Elyse Bennett and Kristen Hamilton.

But San Diego star Alex Morgan appeared at the far post in the final minutes to tie the game, giving each team a point in the National Women’s Soccer League standings.

Morgan scored both goals for San Diego in front of the largest crowd in KC Current history with a reported attendance of 7,954 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

“The atmosphere was fantastic,” current coach Matt Potter said. “We gave them a reason to stand up and cheer, and a great San Diego team is leading the league for a reason. In the end we leave disappointed, but what an atmosphere.

The Current (1-4-2) conceded on set pieces on Saturday night, scoring both goals from corner kicks. Potter praised assistant coach Lloyd Yaxley, who handles set pieces for the current and coached the team during Potter’s recent absence due to COVID.

“I’ll be the first to say Lloyd did a great job,” Potter said. “And the players did an incredible job of execution.”

Kristen Hamilton’s first-half header was canceled out by a Morgan penalty. Bennett scored his second goal of the season, and it could have been the winner for the Current.

Even with the draw, Bennett said Saturday night’s performance was one of the Current’s best because they got off to a quick start.

“The moment we can get out on the pitch from the first minute and start to have an impact, I feel like it’s a lasting effect throughout the game,” Bennett said. “So we were able to start the game quickly and on the front foot and then I think that carried us through the game.”

Current created chances through open play to win set pieces that resulted in goals. Hamilton said the Current should have put away some of those chances, but she was happy to see them develop.

“I think just creating like this gives us a momentum that gives us the confidence to push forward and keep pushing,” she said. “I think you could feel everyone’s energy.”

The Current thinks they are gaining momentum.

“I think tonight everyone is going to be a little disappointed with the game,” Hamilton said. “I think we all think we could have won and should have won that one.”

“So it’s a bit disappointing. But I think it fuels us and keeps us going.

The Current are back at home next Saturday against Gotham FC at 7:30 p.m.

This story was originally published June 4, 2022 9:45 p.m.

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