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Okay . . . we’ll call it a draw - Spirit vs. Pride

1010 20170708 Spirit vs PrideOrlando’s Alex Morgan and The Spirit’s Estelle Johnson (24) match strides during Morgan's attack on goal getting off her shot. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — The Washington Spirit took on the Orlando Pride this past Saturday in front of a home crowd of over 5200. At the end of the match, it was a draw, earning both teams one point in the league standings.
In the 10th minute of the match a penalty kick was awarded to the Pride. Brazilian soccer player Marta took the shot and put the Pride up 1-0 over the Spirit. Head coach Jim Gabarra said it was an “unearned penalty” that put the Pride up so early in the game.
For the next 10 minutes, the Spirit looked a bit flat. Marta went the other way and used the goal to energize herself. It was not very long, 10 minutes or so further into the match it all changed.

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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 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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