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KC Current blasts Bay FC at the CPKC Stadium. Temwa Chawinga & Bia provided the fireworks

The Kansas City Current remained undefeated and put on a show at CPKC Stadium on Saturday evening. A resounding 5-2 victory over expansion team Bay FC ensures the Current remain at the top of the NWSL standings.

A five-goal night increased KC’s margin to a league-best 17 goals. KC was the only team in the competition with double figures on Saturday evening.

The Current started on fire, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the match.

First, Bia Zaneratto took away a back pass from Bay FC and stopped her shot. Then Bayley Feist headed in a cross from Alexa Spaanstra, making the score 2-0.

Bay FC pulled one back eleven minutes later, after another corner that the Current failed to clear. Defending set pieces has been a problem for KC this season.

This time, however, the Current had no trouble answering.

Kansas City Current forward Bia Zaneratto (9) shields the ball from Bay FC midfielder Deyna Castellanos (10) in the first half of an NWSL match on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in Kansas City.Kansas City Current forward Bia Zaneratto (9) shields the ball from Bay FC midfielder Deyna Castellanos (10) in the first half of an NWSL match on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in Kansas City.

Kansas City Current forward Bia Zaneratto (9) shields the ball from Bay FC midfielder Deyna Castellanos (10) in the first half of an NWSL match on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in Kansas City.

The Current quickly doubled the score in the second half, with two goals from Temwa Chawinga. Chawinga’s first goal came courtesy of Vanessa DiBernardo, and Chawinga placed her shot low and hard into the bottom corner.

The second came after a long ball over the top, which Chawinga brought down and drove home, chipping Bay FC goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, who was well outside the box.

Bia Zaneratto added her second, the Current’s fifth goal in the 73rd minute.

Bay FC added a late second goal from Tess Boade, but could not make a further dent in the score.

Also notable from Saturday’s match: former KC current midfielder Alex Loera left the match early due to injury and hurt her knee during a challenge from Bia.

Next: The Current travels to Los Angeles on Friday to take on Angel City FC for the second time in 2024.

Daniel Sperry covers football for The Star. He can be reached at Sperry[email protected].