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Boyds, MD (August 10, 2017) – Following a stretch of four straight road games, the Washington Spirit will return home to the Maryland SoccerPlex this Saturday, August 12 for a nationally televised NWSL Lifetime Game of the Week match-up with the Boston Breakers. [TICKETS]
Continue reading for a look at some of the Spirit’s most notable statistics heading into the showdown at the SoccerPlex.
By scoring her fifth goal of the season on penalty kick in Friday night’s 4-1 win over Sky Blue FC, Solaun climbed into the top five in the league leaders. The only NWSL players with more goals to their name this season are Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe, Sky Blue FC’s Samantha Kerr, Orlando’s Marta and Chicago’s Christen Press.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) August 5, 2017
The Spirit will look to push its home unbeaten run to four on Saturday against Boston as the team plays its first game at the Maryland SoccerPlex since July 8. The streak started on June 3 with a 2-0 clean sheet win over the Houston Dash, followed by another shutout effort in a 1-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC on June 24, and continued against the Orlando Pride with a thrilling 2-2 draw, highlighted by a 90th minute penalty kick equalizer.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) July 8, 2017
Dydsaco has led the Spirit defensive unit in successful tackles through the team’s first two games in the month of August, racking up four against Sky Blue FC on August 1 and a team-high of six on Tuesday in Orlando. She added a blocked shot and was second on the team with 45 total passes against the Pride.
Huster led all players for both teams with 50 total passes in Tuesday’s road game in Orlando, and finished second on the Spirit with 48 passes to open the month of August against Sky Blue last Friday.
Spirit rookies have combined for seven goals and assists this season, following Friday’s breakout performance against Sky Blue FC. Arielle Ship and Meggie Dougherty Howard both scored the first goals of their pro careers, as Ship also notched two assists, garnering NWSL Player of the Week honors. Pugh, the youngest player in the NWSL at 19 years old, has scored three times in her first eight pro games.