Two minutes of stoppage time was what the Spirit needed to win the match at Maureen Hendricks Field on Saturday. As time quickly ticked by and the match looked as if it would end with a nil-nil outcome, an opening emerged compliments of Tori Huster. Crystal Dunn wasted no time to pass the ball off to Francisca Ordega. With the Sky Blue keeper Brittany Cameron off her line and most of Sky Blue’s defense in the midfield, Francisca Ordega easily got past the keeper and neatly placed the ball in the back left of the net at the 92nd minute. Sky Blue had no chance to stop that ball once it left Ordega’s foot. The last-minute goal was an awesome lift for the team and the crowd. The Washington Spirit picked up three more points in the National Women’s Soccer League standings.
There is a new group of stars emerging on the Washington Spirit team. The absence of Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, and Diana Matheson, who are all playing for national teams during the tune-ups for the World Cup in June, did not leave the crowd at Saturday’s match disappointed for lack of talent or capability. Kelsey Wys was in goal, and she showed best-in-class saves that would have buried lesser keepers. She had nine saves on the night, and she earned every one of them with athleticism and natural talent. One was a close-in hot shot that left both the kicker and Wys on the ground, but that did not slow her down a bit. She was back on her feet and hurling the ball down field within moments. There was no indecision on what to do next after the hard tumble on the ground.
Complementing Wys’ efforts was Megan Oyster. Oyster seemed to instinctively know what Wys wanted, even with her back to the keeper. Those two worked together as if they had linked their brains and knew what each other was thinking. Oyster is becoming an intimidating force in the Washington Spirit back line for which other teams will have to adjust in future games. The Wys and Oyster combination is going to be tough to beat if they continue on their current trajectory.
The Washington Spirit continue to provide local sporting entertainment with national-level talent. Their next home game is May 30 at 7 p.m. against the Portland Thorns. Their last encounter with the Thorns resulted in a 2-2 draw.