FC Wichita falls to Kaw Valley
FC Wichita's Eric Carter dribbles up the field on Saturday, May 29 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas against Kaw Valley FC. [Charles Chaney]
LAWRENCE, Kansas—FC Wichita peppered the net late in the match against Kaw Valley FC on Saturday night but were unable to come up with a goal in the 2-0 loss to the in-state league opponent.
FC Wichita drops to 0-3 on the season.
The boys in red thought they had finally struck gold in the 14th minute as Ryan Landry put one home but the assistant referee signaled offsides, disallowing the goal.
Walid Birrou was once again amazing in net for FC Wichita. He had four saves in the first half and multiple corner kick punch outs. He had two impressive saves as KVFC tried to find the net but the man from Spain was relentless in his attempt to keep a clean sheet.
Birrou finished with ten saves on the night.
Kaw Valley FC took a 1-0 lead into the halftime session on a penalty kick from Collin Innes in the 26th minute.
In the second half, FC Wichita found possessions and put pressure on the back line. However, the Kaw Valley's Gavin Krenecki was up to the task, holding down the clean sheet on the night.
FC Wichita's best opportunity came when Victor Olorunfemi sent a ball to the lower corner in the 63rd minute.
After a red card sent an FC Wichita player off in the 85th minute, KVFC's Eyob Tadesse put home a rebound. Birrou saved the first shot but was down from making the save, leaving Tadesse open to score on the rebound.
In all, FC Wichita had seven shots, three on goal in the match.
FC Wichita returns to the pitch on Wednesday, June 9 against the Green Bay Voyageurs FC. It will be a 7 p.m. kick off at Trinity Academy Stadium.
That will begin a stretch where FC Wichita will play four games in nine days, with three of them away from the friendly confines in Wichita.