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Boyds, MD (June 23, 2018) – The Washington Spirit (2-8-4, 10 pts) fell 1-0 to the Orlando Pride (6-3-4, 22 pts) in front of 4,005 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday night.
Orlando struck early in the 11th minute for the contest’s only goal. Alanna Kennedy intercepted a pass in the midfield and shot from just past midfield over the outstretched arms of Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe to give the Pride a sudden 1-0 lead.
It was the first goal conceded by the Spirit since a 2-0 loss to Chicago on June 2. It was the first goal scored on Bledsoe since the 78th minute of the 3-2 loss at the Houston Dash on May 27.
Washington’s leader in shots on target, Ashley Hatch, recorded the team’s first shot on goal in the 27th minute when her left-footed shot required a save from Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Hatch led Washington with five total shots.
In the 67th minute, Taylor Smith nearly equalized when Andi Sullivan connected with her in stride streaking down the right side. Smith’s shot went just high and wide of the post.
Three minutes later, the Spirit nearly equalized again on a breakaway produced by Tori Huster who placed a through ball down the left side to Francisca Ordega. Ordega’s space was cut out by the Orlando defense and her shot went wide of the net.
In the 84th minute, Caprice Dydasco produced the last major chance for the Spirit in the contest. She placed a shot on goal that required a diving save from Harris. The Pride goalkeeper was just able to push the shot wide to prevent a late equalizer.
Aside from the early goal conceded, the Spirit statistically outplayed the Pride. The Spirit recorded 17 total shots compared to the Pride’s seven. Washington placed more shots on goal (three) than the Pride (two). The Spirit out-passed Orlando (426 to 415) and out-possessed the Pride (50.6 percent to 49.4 percent).
The Washington Spirit hits the road for three consecutive contests beginning on Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. ET at the Chicago Red Stars. The team returns to the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. against the Houston Dash. [TICKETS]
-NWSL Match Report-
Match: Washington Spirit vs Orlando Pride
Date: June 23, 2018
Venue: Maryland SoccerPlex
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 70s, cloudy
ORL – Alanna Kennedy 11′
WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 3-Caprice Dydasco; 24-Estelle Johnson (c); 5-Whitney Church; 7-Taylor Smith; 23-Tori Huster; 6-Andi Sullivan; 4-Rebecca Quinn (88-Tiffany Weimer, 83’); 15 Joanna Lohman (8-Meggie Dougherty Howard, 57’); 33-Ashley Hatch; 14-Francisca Ordega
Substitutes Not Used: 10-Estefanía Banini; 16-Rose Lavelle; 19-Kelsey Wys; 21-Didi Haracic
ORL (4-3-3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (c); 19-Poliana; 21-Mônica; 4-Shelina Zadorsky; 16-Carson Pickett; 5-Emily van Egmond (10-Marta, 71’); 14-Alanna Kennedy; 7-Christine Nairn (3-Toni Pressley, 77’); 2-Sydney Leroux; 13-Alex Morgan; 6-Chioma Ubogagu (15-Rachel Hill, 63’)
Substitutes Not Used: 8-Danica Evans; 9-Camila; 12-Kristen Edmonds; 28-Haley Kopmeyer
Stats Summary: WAS / ORL
Possession: 50.6 / 49.4 %
Shots: 17 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 1 / 7
WSH – Caprice Dydasco (Yellow Card) 18’
WSH – Meggie Dougherty Howard (Yellow Card) 90+3’
Referee: Eric Tattersall
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Mckay
Assistant Referee 2: Amilcar Sicaju
Fourth Official: Jasmine Peralta