Spirit blanked again in loss at Kansas City

The Washington Spirit continued to stumble through its inaugural season Sunday, losing at FC Kansas City, 2-0.

Washington lost its fourth consecutive match by shutout and fell to 1-6-3 in the National Women’s Soccer League. U.S. national team forward Lauren Cheney scored in the 18th and 65th minutes for the Blues (6-4-1) before 3,057 spectators in Overland Park, Kan.

Former German national team forward Conny Pohlers made her Washington debut, logging 69 minutes, but midfielder Diana Matheson, the club’s most influential player, sat out with an ankle injury suffered during Canada’s 1-0 friendly loss at Germany on Wednesday.

Since winning at Seattle 4-2, the Spirit has been outscored 9-0. Washington will visit Abby Wambach and Western New York on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y. The Flash (5-2-4) is unbeaten in eight straight (5-0-3) after drawing at home Sunday with the last-place Seattle Reign, 1-1, before a season-high 6,347 at Sahlen’s Stadium.

Sunday’s attendance figures, combined with 3,002 for Sky Blue FC on Saturday at Rutgers, more than compensated for the crowd of 790 at Chicago’s mid-week match.

To see Kansas City’s goals, including Cheney’s superb strike from distance in the first half, skip ahead to the 26:00 and 1:30:40 marks on this video:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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Steven Goff · June 23, 2013