Spirit complete Sky Blue Sweep away from home

Washington Spirit  |   July 24, 2019
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Jordan Viener and Owen Krucoff


Piscataway, NJ., (7/24/2019) – The Washington Spirit completed a season sweep of Sky Blue FC, winning 1-0 in Piscataway, New Jersey in front of the 2nd largest crowd in Sky Blue history.

The Spirit had a full roster of World Cup players for only the second time this season with the return of World Cup bronze ball winner award Rose Lavelle to the lineup. 

From the opening kickoff Washington completely dominated the match. The Spirit led in shots 17-4, held possession for 63.7% of the game, and completed 82% of passes opposed to Sky Blue’s 67%. They had several chances to score early, the best of which saw Tori Huster find Mallory Pugh wide open on the left wing. Pugh was able to shake her defender but pushed her shot wide of the goal.

Despite 12 shots in the first half the Spirit were forced to wait until the second frame to score. 

The winning goal of the match came from forward Ashley Hatch. Hatch got behind Sky Blue’s back line on a break away and was able to chase down a picture perfect pass from the midfield. Once Hatch secured the ball she was able to shoot it in from the center of the box to the bottom right corner of the net.

The goal ties Hatch with forward Jordan DiBiasi for the most on the season with four.

The win puts the Spirit firmly back in the playoff picture one point ahead of the Chicago Red Stars in third place and only one point behind the North Carolina Courage for second. 

The Spirit have nine days off before returning to the pitch August 2nd against the Chicago Red Stars. 

-NWSL Match Report-

Match: Sky Blue FC vs Washington Spirit

Date: July 24, 2019

Venue: Yurcak Field

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

Attendance: 5,003

Weather: Clear, mid 70s


Scoring Summary:

Goals 1 2 F
New Jersey 0 0 0
Washington 0 1 1


WAS – Hatch 54’


NJ (4-5-1): 1-Kailen Sheridan; 24-Estelle Johnson; 12-Gina Lewandowski; 3-Caprice Dydasco; 8-Erica Skroski; 4-Paige Monaghan (57’ 19-Elizabeth Eddy); 5-Julie James; 11-Raquel Rodríguez (79’ 7-Jennifer Hoy); 28-Imani Dorsey; 16-Sarah Killion; 10-Carli Lloyd (c)

Unused Substitutes: 15-Kaylan Marckese; 13-Didi Haracic; 14-Kenie Wright; 9-Nahomi Kawasumi; 29-Amandine Pierre-Louis

WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Paige Nielsen; 3-Sam Staab; 23-Tori Huster; 7-Amy Harrison (66’ 19-Dorian Bailey); 12-Andi Sullivan (c); 10-Rose Lavelle; 4-Jordan DiBiasi (71’ 20-Cheyna Matthews); 33-Ashley Hatch; 11-Mal Pugh; 6-Chloe Logarzo (66’ 28-Elise Kellond-Knight)

Unused Substitutes: 2-Arielle Ship; 30-Shae Yanez; 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard; 13-Bayley Feist

Stats Summary: NJ / WAS

Shots: 6 / 17

Shots on Goal: 2 / 3

Saves: 2 / 2

Blocked Shots: 3 / 7

Fouls: 9 / 8

Offside: 4 / 1


Misconduct Summary:


NJ – Julie James 50’ – Yellow Card

WAS – Tori Huster 90+2’ – Yellow Card



Referee: Jasmine Peralta

Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner

Assistant Referee 2: Casie Anderson

Fourth Official: Dave Breckner

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