Boyds, Md., (10/29/2019) – Washington Spirit rookie Sam Staab completed her “ironwoman” rookie season on October 12 as she played another full 90 minutes against the Portland Thorns in the Spirit’s final NWSL game of 2019.
Staab was a workhorse for the Spirit in defense this year, playing every minute of every Spirit match throughout the entire season. Staab played a total of 2,160 minutes this year, starting and finishing all 24 NWSL regular-season games from April to October.
Staab is just the second rookie in NWSL history to complete an ironwoman season, following only former Spirit and current Reign defender Megan Oyster. Staab’s contributions to the Spirit defense were noticed league-wide as she earned a 2019 Rookie of the Year nomination.
Staab lead the Spirit in minutes but was followed closely by the reliable Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, who logged 2,149 minutes between the sticks this year. Bledsoe also played in all 24 games but was substituted in the Spirit’s October 5 match against the Orlando Pride for backup keeper Shae Yanez, who went on to make her debut and win a Goal of the Week Nomination.
Other notable minutes contributions come from Spirit forward Ashley Hatch and midfielder Andi Sullivan. Hatch, like Bledsoe and Staab, was in the starting XI for all of the Spirit’s 2019 NWSL matches. Hatch was substituted six times, bringing her minutes total to 2,096 on the season.