BOYDS - The Washington Spirit Reserves of the USL W-League ended their regular season as conference champions with a 3-2 win over the North Jersey Valkyries at the Maryland Soccerplex on Sunday.
The Reserves kept the Valkyries on their heels for the bulk of the game. Great field control by the Reserves midfielders forced the Valkyries into a nearly continuous defensive effort. The occasional successful Valkyrie attack into Reserves territory was quickly turned back, usually by Reserves defender Satara Murray or midfielder Maddie Huster.
Murray had the speed and ball control to handle anything the Valkyries brought to the pitch. At times during the game Murray’s masterful ball-handling skills gave the impression she was toying with the Valkyrie offense.
Primary Reserves keeper Adelaide Gay held the Valkyries to one goal during her time in the match before she was substituted out in the 75th minute. Adelaide is ranked as No. 1 in goalkeeper wins and shutouts in the W-League.
Coach German Peri said he was pleased with the win. Peri said the tempo of the game was slow.
For the overall successful season, Peri said a portion of the credit goes to his star keeper Adelaide and the rest to everyone’s team effort. Peri said one obvious asset of the team is they play together as a team, not a group of stars doing their own thing.
The Washington Spirit Reserves’ next game will be the Northeastern Conference championship game on July 18 at 7 p.m. They will be playing the No. 2 Braddock Road Stars Elite at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds. The winner of the game will advance to the National Championships in Bradenton, Fla.