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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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The man with the plan takes over with The Spirit

20150530 Spirit vs Thorns 10Keeper Kelsey Wys double hand punches a corner kick away from the net.  FILE PHOTO  

The man with a plan is Jim Gabarra, the new head coach of the Washington Spirit. The team’s front office announced him as head coach and general manager last October. He started coaching on the field with the team, this week. Jim comes to the Washington Spirit armed with a program that has delivered league winners in the past and is expected to drive the Washington Spirit past the ceiling on championships by the Seattle Reign.

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Concussions continue to be a problem in sports

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Brandi Chastain, the woman who ripped off her jersey showing off her joy and sports bra to the world after scoring the winning goal for the US women’s team in 1999 Women’s World Cup announced last week she will be donating her brain to science when she dies. She is donating it to Boston University. Her belief is scientists and neurologists at Boston University who study Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) may find in her brain a way to see how CTE develops in a brain of someone who has played soccer most of her life.

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