Spirit fans pack the Plex as Washington drops close match to Chicago

Washington Spirit  |   August 10, 2019
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Owen Krucoff

Boyds, Md., (8/10/2019) – A sellout crowd of 5,300 fans filled Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday night as the Washington Spirit fell 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars.

Supporters flooded Spirit Hill and both sets of bleachers and even overflowed into the hillside on the northern edge of the stadium as Washington’s strong defensive effort kept the match close to the very end. Yuki Nagasato’s 65th minute goal was the difference as Chicago won its fifth consecutive game.

Spirit defender Sam Staab and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe each did their part to keep the score level in the first half. With Chicago forward Arin Wright through on goal in the sixth minute, Staab came sliding in to deny what could have been an early Red Stars lead.

Twenty minutes later, Bledsoe came up big as Wright was foiled from close range yet again. Wright received a cross from forward Sam Kerr, but her shot couldn’t get past Bledsoe, who kicked the ball to safety.

There was no shortage of star power up and down the field on Saturday. Four 2019 Women’s World Cup players featured in the starting lineup for the Spirit, including midfielder Rose Lavelle, who made her first in-game appearance at the SoccerPlex this season.

Chicago’s lineup featured U.S. World Cup players Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Tierna Davidson, as well as Australian standout Kerr.

Following the match, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice presented the Spirit with a proclamation of support for the team’s talents on the field and its ability to inspire young soccer players all across the county.

The Spirit will go west next weekend for a match against Portland Thorns FC in Portland, Oregon. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET next Saturday, and the action can be seen on NBC Sports Washington and Monumental Sports Network.

-NWSL Match Report-

Match: Washington Spirit vs Chicago Red Stars

Date: August 10, 2019

Venue: Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex

Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Attendance: 5,300

Weather: Sunny, upper 70s

Scoring Summary:

Goals 1 2 F
Washington 0 0 0
Chicago 0 1 1


CHI – Nagasato 65’


WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 19-Dorian Bailey; 3-Sam Staab; 12-Andi Sullivan (c); 28-Elise Kellond-Knight (84’ 17-Cali Farquharson); 10-Rose Lavelle; 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard; 4-Jordan DiBiasi; 33-Ashley Hatch; 7-Amy Harrison (46’ 2-Arielle Ship); 20-Cheyna Matthews (70’ 5-Megan Crosson)

Unused Substitutes: 30-Shae Yanez; 18-McKenzie Berryhill; 13-Bayley Feist; 31-Crystal Thomas

CHI (4-3-3): 1-Alyssa Naeher; 26-Tierna Davidson (72’ 9-Savannah McCaskill); 14-Sarah Gorden; 5-Katie Naughton; 6-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz (c); 24-Danielle Colaprico; 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (90+5’ 2-Nikki Stanton); 12-Yuki Nagasato (85’ 23-Brooke Elby); 3-Arin Wright; 20-Sam Kerr

Unused Substitutes: 13-Morgan Brian; 15-Maria Sanchez; 18-Mackenzie Arnold; 33-Katie Johnson

Stats Summary: WAS / CHI

Shots: 9 / 12

Shots on Goal: 3 / 3

Saves: 2 / 3

Blocked Shots: 2 / 1

Fouls: 7 / 8

Offside: 1 / 7

Misconduct Summary:

WAS – Andi Sullivan 13’ – Yellow Card

CHI – Danielle Colaprico 46’ – Yellow Card

WAS – Rose Lavelle 64’ – Yellow Card


Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva

Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner

Assistant Referee 2: Tiffini Turpin

Fourth Official: Karl Kummer

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