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Boyds, Md. (5/28/19) – Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch has been nominated for her first ever Goal of the Week award for her finish against the Chicago Red Stars last Sunday.
After collecting the ball on the far-right flank, forward Arielle Ship gathered the ball and sent a beautiful curling cross to the front of the box where Hatch was tangling with Red Stars defender Katie Naughton. Hatch was able to beat Naughton to the ball by extending her leg, redirecting the pass towards the back-left corner of the goal, beating Emily Boyd, who was stuck to her spot.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) May 26, 2019
Hatch notched her first goal of the season last week against the Portland Thorns. Richie Burke mentioned her in his postgame comments saying: “I hope it’s the first of many [goals]…she’s been after it and I hope this is one of many because she’s a great player.” So far, Hatch has improved in every game in which she has appeared, now scoring in two consecutive games,
The goal of the week competition is decided by a fan vote, you can vote for Ashley Hatch on twitter by clicking the link here.
4⃣ nominees. 1⃣ winner.
Vote for the #NWSL Goal of the Week!
— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) May 28, 2019
With the Spirit’s 2-0 victory over the previously top of the table Red Stars, the club is now tied for first place in the NWSL table with the Utah Royals.
The Spirit and Utah Royals FC will be facing off in a first-place clash this Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. ET with gate D & Fan Zone opening at 5:30 p.m. ET and Gate A will open at 6:00 p.m. [TICKETS]