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In loss to Houston, Spirit fails to score for third game in a row

201700429 Spirit vs Dash 1005Crystal Thomas attempts a slide tackle and goal shot in one move. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

For the third game in a row, the Spirit (0-2-1) has failed to put a win on the boards. They now stand in ninth place in a 10-team league with an overall record of. The Houston Dash (2-1-0), a team that Spirit consistently put away in past years, moved into fourth place in league standings with the win. The Houston Dash is moving up and the Spirit are closing on the bottom. While eight of the 10 teams have won at least one game, the Spirit and the Pride are winless.

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Spirit earns a draw against Orlando and former teammates

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Facing the Orlando Pride at Orlando City Stadium Saturday, the team with the most ex-Washington Spirit starters, the Spirit drew an equalizer, with the final score 1-1. Both teams walked away with one point added to their league standings.

The week leading up the game was loaded with speculation about how interaction of the two teams would play out on the field. It was not about who was going to win, it was about the feelings and emotions of playing the team that now has Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger, both ex-Spirit players who were fan favorites.

None of that showed on the field when the match started.  It was a match of professional athletes doing their best to win the game for their team.

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Spirit loses their home opener to North Carolina Courage, 1-0

xCorner Kick-Shelina Zadorsky  Stephanie LabbeShelina Zadorsky (4) blocks Jessica McDonald to protect goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.   PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

 

The Washington Spirit (0-1-0) did not have a good weekend. After winning all their pre-season games against college powerhouses, they dropped their home opener Saturday, 1-0, to the team formerly known as Western New York Flash now the North Carolina Courage (1-0-0), the same team to whom they lost last year’s league championship last fall.
Based on the time of ball possession and the high number of shots on goal, 21 by the Courage, and a lonely 4 by the Washington Spirit, our local team should be thrilled they lost by only one point.
How did the Spirit not lose by more? The answer is Stephanie Labbé , the Spirit’s keeper. She was the star on the field against the Courage.

 

 

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D.C. United picks up another home win against NY

20170408 DC United-100D.C. United's Jose Ortiz uses New York City Football Club's Andrea Pirlo to gain height in a header battle. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

D.C. United continued their home field-winning ways with the final score 2-1 over the New York City Football Club this past Saturday.
In the Major League Soccer standings, D.C. United picked up another three points, which moved them onto a level with four other teams in the Eastern Conference, who also have seven points each. This is a long way from the single point they were carrying just a few weeks ago. Columbus Crew SC currently leads the conference with 10 points.

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DC United picks up the pace and three tough points

 

201700401 United vs Union 97DC United midfielder Julian Büscher battles for the ball with Philadelphia Union player. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

D.C. United scored their first two regular-season goals this past Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. The final score of the game was 2-1, with DC United coming out on top.
Missing their star forward, Patrick Mullins, D.C. United created more goals without him than they did all season. Keep in mind the match against the Philadelphia Union was only the fourth of the season. The win on Saturday moved D.C. United into ninth place out of 11 teams in the Eastern Conference. They have four points now.
The match started out with D.C. United being on top of their offensive game. Fans were looking to Jose Ortiz to fill the spot of Mullins, who is out with a hamstring injury. Ortiz did not fail to meet fan expectations. In the 18th minute of the first half, Ortiz made a shot that was deflected by the Union’s Richie Marquez and past the Union keeper Andre Blake.
Argentinian acquisition Luciano Acosta, a midfielder, was showing why he was a great choice for D.C. United by breaking up Union opportunities and carving out opportunities for the D.C. United attack. He put his mark on the match in the first half by scoring his first goal of the season. The goal was on a spot kick awarded after an arm violation in the box. Taking the kick, Acosta buried a rocket shot deep into the net on the left side.
At the end of the first half, the score was 2-0.

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Washington Spirit continues to improve with another win

x20170325 Spirit vs UNC soccer-Cheyna Williams-5Cheyna Williams had a standout game for the Spirit. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

LEESBURG, VA. -- The Washington Spirit, playing their first-ever preseason game in Northern Virginia, outplayed the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team 5 to nil at the Evergreen Sportsplex.

Late spectators who managed to get tickets to the sellout event found themselves parking in a field instead of one of the already-filled paved lots. The official capacity of the location is 2,000 people. It was standing room only by the start of the match.

Missed connections and poor ball movement dominated the first 30 minutes of the match. The Spirit’s passes were off target, and the movement of the ball was not well coordinated. The team was playing a system using three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards.  It was the same system used at the end of last season. It needs improvement to fit with the team. Head coach Jim Gabarra said, “That was a system we went to at the end. It’s been pretty good. We need to work on it.” 

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Washington Spirit open up the preseason with Penn State

WashSpirit vs. PennState 1Penn State’s Frannie Crouse (9) gets her attack interrupted by key Spirit defenders Shelina Zadorsky and Whitney Church. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Washington Spirit took on Penn State’s women’s soccer team in a preseason exhibition game on Saturday. On an artificial turf field surrounded by snow piles upwards of 3 feet, the Spirit played their first of four preseason matches with a three to nil win over Penn State.  

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Washington Spirit roster looks to the fountain of youth

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The newest players being considered for full-time positions on the Washington Spirit’s professional soccer team are young. They are not the names you would know from watching the USA Women’s National Soccer team.

Instead, they are stars coming off magnificent amateur careers in college and the national age bracket teams. After the end of the 2016 season for the National Women’s Soccer League, the Spirit made several trades of fan favorite players. The trades irked a section of their fan base that was very vocal on social media about their unhappiness with the trades.

Yes, players with recognized names like Krieger, Dunn, and Matheson would not be back playing for the Spirit in 2017.

What could be the motive for such a dramatic change?

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The American team suffers a defeat at the hands of England and France

US WNT vs. FranceU.S. Women's midfielder Allie Long (20) gets in front of France's Eugenie Le Sommer to break her attack in the 2017 She Believes Cup at RFK Stadium. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

After England’s national women’s team defeated the US Women’s National team last weekend, the first time ever that England has defeated the US team on their home field, one would not have thought that France would do the same on Tuesday, March 7.

The Women’s National Team from France, coached by Olivier Echouafni, doused the US Women’s team 3-0. By the 11th minute, France was up 2 to nil. The steady rain on the field seemed to wash away the indomitable strength of the US Women’s backline. France owned the pitch. 

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Memorable season for Washington Spirit ends in heartbreak on penalty kick

20160903 DRW Spirit vs WNYF-1Washington Spirit's Crystal Dunn (19), seen here in an earlier game against the Western New York Flash, scored both goals for the team, but the Flash would win in OT on a penalty kick. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Washington Spirit finished their season last week runner-up for the National Women’s Soccer League championship, falling to the Western New York Flash in Houston in overtime penalty kicks Oct. 9.

Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra said he thought the better team lost the game that ended in a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation and 3-2 in favor of the flash after PKs.

“The better side does not always win in these matches, especially in something as late as four minutes of added time,” he said. “To go to penalty kicks , it’s an awful way to decide a match.”

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