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Spirit ready for friendly fire of Olympic Trials

20160618 Spirit vs SkyBlue-4Spirit midfielder Tori Huster and Sky Blue's Tasha Kai battle for ownership of the header. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

Two pre-Olympic friendly games will determine the 18 players plus alternates who make the United States Women’s National Team for the summer games in Rio de Janeiro.

USWNT head coach Jill Ellis called up 24 players who will be considered for the team to play South Africa July 9 in Chicago and Costa Rica July 22 in Kansas City.

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Spirit dominates Orlando 2-0 in emotional game

20160618 Sprit vs Pride-6Spirit forward Francisca Ordega makes a run along the near sideline.          PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BOYDS – In front of more than 5,700 fans packed SoccerPlex Saturday, the Washington Spirit defeated the visiting Orlando Spirit 2-0 in one of the most emotionally compelling games played at Maureen Hendrick Field.

The game came six days after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

There was a break in the action at the 49th minute as Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra raised his hand and play stopped.

Fans rose up and clapped in memory of those who lost their lives in Orlando and in recognition of support for those who survived.

For that one moment the whole stadium of people were united.

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Spirit much more successful at home than away

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The Washington Spirit is unbeaten in Boyds this season but they have not carried that same success while on the road.

On the road, their play is inconsistent and wins are fleeting and draws are common, though losses have been limited to a single match.

The Friday match against the Boston Breakers ended in a 1-1 draw, earning both teams a single point in the National Women’s Soccer League standings.

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Rain gets in the way of a Spirit-Dash Houston run

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The Washington Spirit made the trip to Houston Texas last week to a Friday evening match against the Houston Dash but came home empty-handed as rain postponed the game.

Weather in Houston dictated the game would be a water polo match instead of soccer.

A picture on the Washington Spirit Twitter account showed water inches deep on the pitch with more rain and lightning on the way.

As of this Tuesday this week, a new date had not been set yet.

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Spirit gets into a Thorny situation in Oregon

20160507 Spirit vs Thorns-6While their May 7 game ended 0-0 (as seen here where Thorns forward Tobin Heath gets double teamed by Spirit defenders Megan Oyster and Ali Kriger), the Washington Spirit had their first loss of the season against the Thorns on May 21. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

Unable to overcome a 3-0 first half deficit the Washington Spirit lost their first game of the season Saturday at Providence Park in Oregon by a 4-1 margin.

While the Boyds-based team remains on top of the National Women’s Soccer League standings at 4-1-1, the Spirit now have company for first place from the 4-1-1 Chicago Red Stars.

Both teams lead the 10-team league with 13 points.

With the win, Portland rises to third place at 3-0-3 with 12 points, the same amount as 4-2 Orlando Pride.

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Spirit stays on top of division with latest draw

20160507 Spirit vs Thorns-2Spirit defender Megan Oyster looks for a better angle on the ball while Thorns forward Nadia Nadim takes to the air to stop a Spirit pass.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BOYDS – National Women’s Soccer League leaders Washington Spirit battled Portland Thorns FC to a 0-0 draw in front a packed Soccerplex Saturday in a defensive struggle featuring five yellow cards.

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Spirit remains one of area's best sports teams

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The Washington Spirit, the National Women’s Soccer League’s top ranked team, is a local team whose home field is Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds, MD, but too many people in Montgomery County have no idea they exist.

Ask almost anyone on the street if they have heard of the Redskins and the answer is sure to be ‘yes.’ Ask about the Capitals or the Wizards, and again the answer is going to be ‘yes,’ unless they just moved here from another country, or they live under a rock. If you ask anyone about the Mystics, you don’t always get that immediate acknowledgement like you do when asking about the ‘Skins, Nationals, Capitals, or Wizards. It takes a couple of seconds before the answer comes to them: “Oh yeah, that women’s basketball team.”

 However, ask any young girl playing on a local soccer team about the Washington Spirit, and they will tell you who they are and who their hero on the team is. They know. They want to be one of the players on the Washington Spirit. 

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Spirit keeps on rolling with victory over the Flash

20160416 Spirit vs Breakers 2The Washington Spirit celebrate a goal in their opening game.   PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Washington Spirit kept its undefeated season rolling Friday, defeating the host Western New York Flash 3-0 in Rochester at Sahlen's Stadium.

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Shucks - this oyster has the heaviest Spirit foot

meganoyster-1Megan Oyster is a standout for the Washington Spirit. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

The heavy boot on the Washington Spirit professional women’s soccer team is Megan Oyster, now in her second season with the Boyds-based team.

Megan is the only player who played every minute of every game the Spirit participated in for the 2015 season and that was her rookie year.

Drafted to the Spirit out of the college draft in 2015, Megan turned out to be a jewel of a find for the back line of the Washington Spirit.

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Local Woman Scores Big for The Spirit

20160416 Spirit vs Breakers 1001Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman delivered the scoring kick to win the game for The Spirit vs. Boston, 1-0. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

3,578 soccer fans were in attendance this past Saturday evening at Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds, Maryland as the Washington Spirit opened the 2016 season with a win over the Boston Breakers, 1-0. 

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