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Washington, D.C. (07/17/2022) – The Washington Spirit earned a point in the table for the first time in a month Sunday evening by way of a scoreless draw with the Orlando Pride at Audi Field.
The Spirit saw plenty of chances to put the ball in the net, beginning with an Amber Brooks header off the crossbar following a corner kick in the sixth minute. In the 15th minute, the Spirit’s leading shot-taker during the international window Tara McKeown made a great move to create space at the top of the box and fired a shot wide left.
The very next minute, Orlando nearly capitalized on its first offensive chance of the evening when Darian Jenkins received a perfect through ball and found herself wide open on a breakaway but sent her shot wide right of the net. Jordan Baggett tried for her second goal in the past three games in the 19th when she ripped a shot off from the top of the box following a rebound that was saved by Pride goalkeeper Erin McCleod. In the 20th minute, Devon Kerr stopped another chance from Jenkins when she jumped on the ball before Jenkins had a chance to shoot. Just before the half, Kerr again made a big defensive play when she made a diving save off Jenkins in stoppage time to send the scoreless match into the locker room.
The Spirit quickly created another couple of great chances in the attacking third in the opening minutes of the second half. In the 47th minute, Jordan Baggett sent a shot to the top right corner of the net that had to be tipped out for a corner by McCleod and, on the ensuing corner kick, Taylor Aylmer directed her header just wide left. Baggett again had a shot saved in the corner of the goal in the 52nd minute before Dorian Bailey’s dribbling shot was received by McCleod with ease in the 54th minute.
Devon Kerr made her second save of the match in the 73rd minute when she met a Dougherty Howard shot in the top left corner of the goal in time to keep the match level. Washington turned up the offensive intensity late in the second half with four good looks at the net in the final 15 minutes of action. In the 83rd minute, Bayley Feist put the ball between her defender’s legs along the sideline and fed a centering pass leading to a McKeown shot high. Two minutes later, Karina Rodriguez sent another cross McKeown’s way but her shot was saved by McCleod. In her second match back from injury, Averie Collins fired a shot wide right in the 89th minute and Feist followed suit with a shot just over the crossbar late in stoppage time.
Despite controlling most of the match in its attacking third, the Spirit had to settle for just a point in the scoreless draw and will keep looking for its first win since May 1. The Spirit now enters the NWSL’s league-wide week off which will run from Monday, July 18 through Sunday, July 24. When the league returns to action, Washington will once again have its USWNT players available as the Concacaf Women’s Championship wraps up tomorrow. Next up for the Spirit is a trip to North Carolina to take on the Courage for the fifth time in four months.
-NWSL Match Report-
Match: Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride
Date: July 17, 2022
Venue: Audi Field
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, mid-80s
WAS: 18- Devon Kerr; 21- Anna Heilferty; 3- Sam Staab; 22- Amber Brooks; 30- Camryn Biegalski (4- Karina Rodriguez 81’); 19- Dorian Bailey; 7- Taylor Aylmer; 25- Marissa Sheva (8- Averie Collins 84’); 13- Bayley Feist; 11- Jordan Baggett (27- Audrey Harding 81’); 9- Tara McKeown (17- Tinaya Alexander 90’+3’)
Unused Substitutes: 28- Nicole Barnhart; 34- Jamia Fields; 24- Alia Martin; 36- Katie Murray; 20- Gaby Vincent
ORL: 1- Erin McLeod; 23- Kylie Strom; 3- Toni Pressley; 5- Megan Montefusco; 13- Celia; 15- Erika Tymrak (19 Abi Kim 87’); 34- Jordyn Listro; 28- Meggie Dougherty Howard (16- Mikayla Cluff 88’); 14- Viviana Villacorta; 25- Kerry Abello (17- Courtney Petersen 72’); 11- Darian Jenkins (20- Julie Doyle 63’)
Unused Substitutes: 18- Kaylie Collins; 26- Caitlin Cosme; 21- Anna Moorhouse; 30- Thais Reiss; 27- Chelsee Washington
Stats Summary: WAS / ORL
Shots: 17 / 4
Shots On Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Shots Blocked: 3 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offsides: 0 / 2
WAS – Taylor Aylmer – 45’+4’ – Yellow Card