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Photo: Tony Quinn/Washington Spirit
LEESBURG, Va (March 25, 2017) – The Washington Spirit defeated the University of North Carolina 5-0 in front of a 2,000 fan sellout at the Evergreen SportsPlex in Leesburg, Virginia. All of the Spirit’s goals came from different players, showing the versatility of the Spirit’s attack.
The first goal came in the 35th minute when UNC goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak came off her line to clear a ball, but she only cleared it as far as Line Sigvardsen Jensen in the midfield. After seeing Leshnak way off her line, Sigvardsen Jensen chipped the ball from 40 yards out into the back of the net.
After coming out of halftime still 1-0, the Spirit started pouring on the goals. In the 49th minute, Katie Stengel took a corner kick that ended up near the hands of Leshnak. The ball went in the goal for the team’s second goal of the match.
Forward Cheyna Williams scored the third goal of the match in the 52nd minute after dribbling down the right side of the field and slotting it through to the far post.
In the 81st minute, Lindsay Agnew was taken down just outside of the box by Emily Fox, which set up a dangerous free kick for the Spirit. Last week’s double goal scorer Kristie Mewis stepped up to take the shot and drove it straight to the goal for her third goal of preseason.
Mewis made another key play in the 89th minute to get the ball to Agnew. The rookie forward deftly moved the ball around Leshnak to give herself an open net target and scored her first goal in a Spirit jersey.
The Spirit’s next preseason match will be on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. against Duke University at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The Spirit’s first regular season match is a Championship rematch against North Carolina Courage on Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m., also at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Tickets for any of our preseason or regular season matches can be obtained at tickets.washingtonspirit.com
Washington Spirit Lineup: 1- Stephanie Labbé, 4- Shelina Zadorsky, 5 – Whitney Church, 6-Kassey Kallman (9-Havana Solaun 67′), 7 – Line Sigvardsen Jensen (38-Marion Crowder 73′), 12 – Katie Stengel (2- Arielle Ship 54′), 15-Joanna Lohman (19- Kristie Mewis 54′), 16 – Cameron Castleberry (37- Crystal Thomas 73′), 20 – Cheyna Williams (8- Lindsay Agnew, 54′), 23 – Tori Huster (29- Meggie Dougherty Howard 54′), 24 – Estelle Johnson (32-Lauren Lazo 67′)
Subs not used: 21-DiDi Haracic, 36- Kori Butterfield, 40-Gloria Douglas
University of North Carolina Lineup: 1-Madison Schultz (27-Brooke Bingham, 21′ (15- Zoe Redei, 63′)), 3-Ru Mucherera (49- Cannon Clough 16′ (22-Abby Staker, 69′)), 4-Bridgette Andrzejewski (17- Alea Hyatt, 21′ (2-Sydney Sprull, 63′)), 5-Maya Worth (12-Jessie Scarpa, 21′), 6-Taylor Otto, 7-Annie Kingman, 11-Emily Fox, 13-Samantha Leshnak, 14-Morgan Goff, 18- Megan Buckingham (32- Nicole Crutchfield, 75′), 29- Dorian Bailey (9-Frannie Reuland, 75′)
Subs not used: N/A
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