BOYDS, Md. (May 15, 2015) –The Washington Spirit (2-2-1, 7 points) are finally on their way home to Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds, Maryland for their second game this season against Sky Blue FC (1-2-2, 5 points). Last weekend, the Spirit settled for one point with a draw against Portland Thorns FC (2-0-2, 8 points).
“We are so excited to be back at home this weekend,” said midfielder Tori Huster. “There’s nothing like playing on your home turf in front of your own fans. We are hungry to get three points and look forward to piecing some things together this week in order to be successful on Saturday.”
On Saturday, May 9th the Spirit went ahead by two goals early in the first half against the Thorns on a goal from an interception and a beautiful left-footed shot from Crystal Dunn and another from Ordega who made the most of a defensive giveaway and slotted the ball in the back of the net. A couple minutes later, Christine Nairn hit the crossbar in a forty-yard attempt.
Before halftime, the Spirit allowed the Thorns to come back and score one goal from Mana Shim, off a rebound from an initial save from Kelsey Wys. Quickly starting the second half, Allie Long scored for the Thorns, tying the game. Goalkeeper Kelsey Wys came up huge for the Spirit by saving a penalty kick in the 65th minute taken by Allie Long.
Wys continues to showcase her outstanding performances for the Spirit in the last two games she has started. This will be her first appearance against Sky Blue FC, as Ashlyn Harris, who is now with the U.S national team, played in the first game. The Spirit will look to Wys to remain consistent in front of goal.
Goalkeeper Emily Lillard and midfielder Jennifer Skogerboe received amateur call ups for the match, their third of the season.
The Spirit put on a dominant performance in New Jersey earlier this season with a 3-1 win over Sky Blue on Sunday, April 26th. Dunn started her scoring streak by notching two goals during the game and Nairn added a third to the Spirit’s tally, scoring off a cross from Ordega. Dunn, Ordega, and Nairn, continue to be provide most of the attacking power for the Spirit. The only goal from Sky Blue FC came from Katy Freels assisted by Nadia Nadim.
Sky Blue FC, currently sit right below Washington Spirit in the standings and will arrive at Maureen Hendricks Field with the hope of redemption from their first game played against the Spirit.
“This is a big game for us; it is important to put in a strong performance and continue to show improvement,” said head coach Mark Parsons. “Coming home to play our second game in front of our fans means a lot and the team are pumped.”
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