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Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign FC fight to a draw

The Spirit’s Audrey Bledsoe shows how she became the keeper with the most saves in the NWSL, wrapping herself around the ball, preventing the attack of Reign forward Jodie Taylor. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEThe Spirit’s Audrey Bledsoe shows how she became the keeper with the most saves in the NWSL, wrapping herself around the ball, preventing the attack of Reign forward Jodie Taylor. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit held the second-place ranked team in the National Women’s Soccer League to a score of nil. On the flip side, the visiting Reign FC held the Spirit to nil as well. Both teams walked away with a point in the standings.
Saturday must have been a day of miracles. On the opposite side of the globe in the World Cup competition, Iceland held off Argentina and the man of legends Lionel Messi for a 1-1 draw. Closer to home, the Utah Royals stunned the North Carolina Courage, the league leader in points for the NWSL, with a 1-0 win over the Courage in North Carolina. What a day for unexpected outcomes.
Back to the game at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Spirit’s star keeper Audrey Bledsoe now leads the league with saves. Bledsoe continues to improve with each match, moving up the ranks of keepers in the NWSL. Although she embodies trace amounts of the looks and attitude of her mentor last season, Orlando Pride keeper Ashlyn Harris, she developed her own style on the pitch that works well. The draw against Seattle added another shutout to her record for a total of four for this season.

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Despite resolve, NC Courage tops Washington Spirit, 4-2

Spirit forward Frannie Ordega dashes between Courage players Denise O’Sullivan (8) and Merritt Mathias (11), on her way to an on-target shot on goal, blocked by keeper Sabrina D’Angelo. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESpirit forward Frannie Ordega dashes between Courage players Denise O’Sullivan (8) and Merritt Mathias (11), on her way to an on-target shot on goal, blocked by keeper Sabrina D’Angelo. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Perfect weather did not bring perfect play to a tight match between the Washington Spirit (1-2-0) and the undefeated North Carolina Courage (3-0-0). In front of 3400-plus spectators, the visiting Courage robbed the Spirit of a home match win by 4-2.
Experts predicted the Spirit would be doing well to score a single goal against a team that has allowed no goals scored against them during regular season play. The Spirit surprised everyone by not only being the first team to score against the Courage, they did it in the first three minutes of the match.
Spirit forward and U.S. international player Mallory Pugh broke the clean-sheet streak of the Courage with the Spirit’s first goal. Courage keeper Sabrina D'Angelo did everything she could to block the unassisted shot by Pugh, but there’s no shame in losing to one the world’s most formidable forward players.

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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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Spirit shuts out Dash to remain undefeated

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20160514 Spirit vs Dash-2Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman drives the ball downfield trailed by Tori Huster and Megan Oyster. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

BOYDS – The rain cleared out and the wind roared in as over 3500 soccer fans packed the Maryland Soccerplex Saturday to cheer on the Washington Spirit against the Houston Dash.

A rainbow was within view of the pitch as the game kicked off, perhaps a positive omen for the undefeated Spirit. Washington’s winning streak continued with a 1-0 victory over the Dash.

Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman kicked the only goal of the game at the 38th minute. Christine Nairn provided the assist. Lohman remains the only Washington player to score at home through three games at the Soccerplex.

“Jo is a workhorse,” said teammate Crystal Dunn. “She’s nothing but energy.”

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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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What it's all about in the world of soccer this week

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Soccer-01What a weekend we have coming up in Soccer.  Saturday is a huge day for World Cup level soccer in the area. Saturday evening at 7PM will see the Washington Spirit taking on the Seattle Reign FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.  The last check I did for available seating there were 107 reserved seats available, field side seats were sold out, and general admission was still available.  Go early if you are planning on attending.

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Harris saves game and shows Spirit the way 3-1

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201500418-Spirit vs FCKC 16GERMANTOWN – Behind goalkeeper Ashlynn Harris’ nine saves and two goals from Christine Nairn, the Washington Spirit came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat FC Kansas City 3-1 in the team’s home opener Saturday night at the Maryland Soccerplex.

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