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Angel City FC takes advantage of own goal to defeat Kansas City

LOS ANGELES — Christen Press draws a lot of attention from the opposing defenses.

That was the case Saturday against the Kansas City Current as the forward drew double-team coverage, but in the 69th minute, she made her presence known.

Press tracked down a long ball from the wing from Savannah McCaskill and before the ball ran over the line and out, Press slid to trap the ball, then regained composure enough to cross it, sending it off of Current defender Taylor Leach and into the goal.

It goes into the books as an own goal, but Angel City FC doesn’t care because it gave the club a 1-0 win in front of 18,514 at Banc of California Stadium.

The win improves Angel City’s record to 3-1 and moves the club to nine points in the league standings.

Angel City nearly had a second goal in the 78 minute but Vanessa Gilles’ header was kept out by the quick feet and hands of Kansas City goalkeeper Adriana Franch.

In the end, you can chalk up another shutout for Angel City. In four games this season, Angel City has allowed just two goals.

Angel City was coming off of last Sunday’s 1-0 win on the road over defending NWSL champion Washington Spirit.

Kansas City has had a tough start to the season and entered with four players out  due to COVID-19 protocols and with U.S. Women’s national team players Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams still out with their injuries.

Despite that, the Current nearly went up early on the home side.

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