Kaw Valley draws with FC Wichita 2-2
Despite holding 2-0 lead and a man advantage for the final 27 minutes, Kaw Valley FC were unable to defeat FC Wichita and drew 2-2 in a crucial matchup on the Cranes’ road to the playoffs.
Both teams came out with energy to spare as they looked for the upper hand, but it proved to be the Cranes who would strike first in an exciting 10-minute flurry. Jony Munoz opened up the scoring in the 21st minute with an excellent strike into the back of the net to put Kaw Valley up 1-0.
Just a few minutes later the Cranes struck again with Theo Klein firing home the second goal of the night off an assist from Stefano Campisi.
Wichita put themselves right back in the thick of things with their first goal of the night in the 29th minute as Caique Trivelato equalized to make it 2-1. The Cranes would continue to threaten the rest of the half with Campisi and Tiago Dias both producing golden opportunities to extend the lead, but neither could capitalize.
The two would head into halftime with the Cranes holding the 2-1 advantage and looked to close out with a strong second half.
Both teams struggled out of the gate, but the Cranes began to find opportunities after 10 minutes with shots from Klein and Munoz, but both went begging wide. Everything deteriorated in the 63rd minute though.
After a late tackle from Wichita that produced a yellow card, a scuffle broke out between the two that led to a yellow card for Ben Andoh and a red card to Wichita's Matheus Paes, leaving Wichita with 10 men for the remainder of the game. However, it wouldn’t hinder their success.
Despite playing a man down, Wichita found the equalizing goal in the 66th minute, leaving Kaw Valley to chase a winner. Despite multiple golden chances to fire home the winner, the Cranes were unsuccessful in their quest for a winner and dropped crucial points as the game ended 2-2.
The Cranes still sit in second place in the Heartland Division but will have two crucial games to end the season with both being at St. Louis on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 5 p.m.