IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Washington Spirit fell to the University of Virginia 1-0 in a chilly preseason friendly on Saturday night. The Wahoos lone goal was scored in the 35th minute by Alexis Shaffer. In the 27th minute Whitney Church whipped in a cross from the right side in to Laura del Rio who was streaking toward goal but couldn’t quite connect with Church’s cross. Emily Lillard was tested almost immediately after she entered the match as she was forced to tip a UVA strike up over the crossbar in the 48th minute and then again in the 60th minute as she denied UVA a second goal by tipping a strong shot over the back of her net. Estefi Banini was the most dangerous attacking player in the second half for the Spirit. She consistently took on and beat several defenders to bring the ball in the final third. In stoppage time the Spirit earned a free kick taken by Christine Nairn about 30 yards from goal in what would be the final dangerous chance of the game.
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UPCOMING SPIRIT MATCH
The Washington Spirit will take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in its final preseason match on Saturday April 4th. The game will kick off at 7pm at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Tickets for this match are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. All proceeds will go to Headers for Hope, a non-profit that supports local cancer-related charities through soccer events.
Get your tickets here!
Find out more about Headers for Hope here
UPCOMING NATIONAL TEAM MATCH
- USWNT (Crystal Dunn / Ashlyn Harris / Ali Krieger) v New Zealand Sat Apr 4 3:30pm ET (Watch on Fox Sports 1)
TWEET OF THE WEEK
This week’s Spirit player tweet of the week goes to Angela Salem! (@asalem6) And check out that bowling form from Amanda Da Costa