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KC Current take top spot in NWSL standings with win over Gotham

Hailie Mace and the Current are on a 13-match unbeaten streak. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Kansas City Current moved to the top of the NWSL standings Sunday, leaping into first place with a 1-0 win over NJ/NY Gotham FC.

The victory extends the Current’s unbeaten streak to 13 matches, four matches shy of OL Reign’s record 17-match run in 2014.

Hailie Mace, fresh off a stint with the U.S. women’s national team, played hero for Kansas City, roofing a penalty kick in the 78th minute to secure a win for her side.

“I was just taking my time to get to the spot because usually, the other team will try and just delay the penalty kick,” Mace said of game-winning PK.

Adrianna Franch continued her sensational season, logging three saves to clinch her 40th career clean sheet.

“I’m just doing one of the things that I love to do,” French said. “I’m blessed to be able to continue to play and be a part of the teams that I’ve been a part of to help do that.”

Kansas City’s dominance comes as somewhat of a surprise after the expansion team finished at the bottom of the table with a 3-7-14 record in its 2021 debut NWSL season.

Despite losing Lynn Williams and Sam Mewis, the team’s top offseason signings, to injuries, Kansas City has charged to a 9-5-4 record with four matches left in the regular season.

The team sits one point ahead of the Portland Thorns and the San Diego Wave and two points ahead of the Houston Dash, though San Diego and Houston each have played one more match.

“The table is super tight, so every game’s gonna be competitive,” Mace said. “But I think we’re kind of just trying to ‘do us’ and focus on ourselves for each game and just keep getting better.”