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Washington, D.C., (12/22/21) – The Washington Spirit have re-signed forward Ashley Hatch on a two-year deal that will keep the Golden Boot winner at the club through 2023 with a club option for 2024.
In 2021, Hatch scored 10 goals in the regular season to claim the Golden Boot title. During the playoffs, Hatch added another goal, a game winner vs. North Carolina in the first round. Her goals were well distributed, scoring four with her left foot, five with her right foot, and added two more with her head. The former BYU standout appeared in 23 games for the Spirit, starting 21 and totaling 1,890 minutes en route to the NWSL Championship.
Spirit Interim Head Coach Kris Ward said this on the extension: “We’re very excited to have Ashley as a part of the Spirit family. She is an admirable player on and off the field, and is truly only at the beginning of what will continue to be a stellar career. We look forward to seeing her continued development as a part of this squad. Here’s to many more Golden Boot trophies in the future.”
Hatch was traded to the Spirit on January 16, 2018. Prior to this season, Hatch has recorded 12 goals and four assists in 53 games played. In a pivotal year for the forward, Hatch nearly doubled her total goals as a member of the Spirit and was a key piece of one of the most potent attacks in the NWSL.
“After the career year that Ashley had, it was only right to extend her contract,” said President Ben Olsen. “Her work rate and ability to finish off plays was critical in our run to the cup and we are pleased she’s sticking around for a while.”