It took until the dwindling minutes of stoppage time Sunday, but the Kansas City Current advanced to the NWSL semifinals with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash in the first round of the playoffs.
In front of a record-setting sellout crowd at PNC Stadium in Texas, the Current played spoiler in the Dash’s first playoff game in club history.
While the score remained locked at 1-1 after a pair of early goals as the clock ticked past the 90th minute, Kansas City defender Kate Del Fava played hero in the 10th minute of stoppage time in the second half.
Her first NWSL goal secured the victory and sent the Current to the next round. Coming at the 99:32 mark, the score was the latest non-extra time goal in NWSL history, according to OptaJack.
🚨 100’ WINNER 🚨 @kdelfava sends @thekccurrent into the semifinals!JWS x @nikefootball pic.twitter.com/4tmuGG4H2T— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) October 16, 2022
🚨 100’ WINNER 🚨 @kdelfava sends @thekccurrent into the semifinals!JWS x @nikefootball pic.twitter.com/4tmuGG4H2T
AD Franch played a part in Kansas City’s success, making several key stops. Among those was a stoppage-time save against Michelle Alozie, which allowed Del Fava’s goal to serve as the decider.
The No. 5 seed Current will next play NWSL Shield winner and No. 1 seed OL Reign on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.