Recap: Spirit rallies, defeats KC, 2-1, in comeback victory

Washington Spirit  |   September 30, 2023
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Washington, D.C. (09/30/2023) – The Washington Spirit defeated the Kansas City Current, 2-1, in a come-from-behind victory off of two second half goals from forwards Ouleymata Sarr and Trinity Rodman. This is the Spirit’s second comeback victory this season, both against Kansas City. 


With a start in today’s match, forward Ashley Hatch made her 100th career start with the Washington Spirit. She is one of three players in team history – joining teammates Tori Huster and Aubrey Kingsbury – to accomplish this feat.  


Kansas City’s star midfielder Debinha got things started for the Current. The Brazilian international rocketed what was a sure-goal, but Kingsbury made an acrobatic diving save to prevent the score.  


Hatch created the Spirit’s first real attempt at goal with a shot from outside the box that drifted only inches away from the far corner of the post. 


However, in the 20th minute, the Spirit suffered its first setback of the game. Defender Sam Staab was issued a yellow card penalty for dropping a Current player inside the box, leading to a penalty kick. Debinha took and made the kick, giving the Current an early lead. 


Entering this match, the Spirit were 1-5-2 when conceding first this season. The lone victory came on June 18 against Kansas City. Despite outshooting the Current, 6-3, the Spirit possessed the ball only 39.5% of the time and created two less scoring chances than the Spirit. 


The Spirit answered the call in the 52nd minute as Sarr drilled an equalizer off an assist from defender Tara McKeown following a Staab corner service. This marked the first career NWSL goal for Sarr, a longtime club player in France. The assist was McKeown’s first of the season. 



Additionally, the Spirit has scored six goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half this season. Only San Diego Wave FC (8) and the Chicago Red Stars (7) have scored more.  


The ensuing ten minutes of play were characterized by strong attacking performances from the Spirit, including a play by Rodman in the box where she was taken out by a Current defender. No penalty was awarded and play resumed.  


McKeown nearly added a score of her own off a header in the 82nd minute, but the ball went just above the frame. To this point, the Spirit outshot the Current 7-3 in the second half. In the 88th minute, midfielder Andi Sullivan connected with a ball from the edge of the box that nearly missed the net, issuing a collective moan from the Audi Field crowd of over 11,000 – the seventh Spirit crowd of over 10,000 this season. 


The cap came off of Audi Field in the first minute of stoppage time when defender Gabrielle Carle placed a ball to Rodman, who broke away and tucked the ball past Current keeper AD Franch to help the Spirit take the lead with minutes remaining in the game. The assist was the first regular season assist of Carle’s NWSL career. Additionally, Rodman’s goal was her 15th career score, placing her fourth all-time in Spirit history. 



A highly-anticipated road match against OL Reign is next for the Spirit on Friday, October 6 at 8:00 pm. EDT. This match will be USWNT and NWSL legend Megan Rapinoe’s last regular season home game and is expected to draw a potentially record-setting crowd. 


-NWSL Match Report- 

Match: Washington Spirit vs. Kansas City Current 

Date: September 30, 2023 

Venue: Audi Field 

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. EDT  

Weather: Clear, low-70s 


Scoring Summary: 

Goals  1  2  F 
Washington  0  2  2 
Kansas City  1  0  1 

KC – Debinha – 21’ (PK) 

WAS – Ouleymata Sarr – 52’ 

WAS – Trinity Rodman – 90’+1’ 



WAS: 1- Aubrey Kingsbury; 14- Gabrielle Carle; 3- Sam Staab; 9- Tara McKeown; 5- Annaïg Butel (19- Dorian Bailey, 78’); 26- Paige Metayer; 12- Andi Sullivan; 10- Ashley Sanchez (13- Bayley Feist, 72’); 8- Ouleymata Sarr (30- Camryn Biegalski, 72’); 33- Ashley Hatch (22- Amber Brooks, 90’+5’); 2- Trinity Rodman 

Unused Substitutes: 28- Nicole Barnhart; 16- Maddie Elwell; 23- Tori Huster; 39- Chloe Ricketts; 25- Marissa Sheva 


KC: 21- AD Franch; 18- Izzy Rodriguez (94- Claire Lavogez, 72’); 24- Gabrielle Robinson; 7- Elizabeth Ball; 8- Kate Del Fava; 99- Debinha; 10- Lo’eau LaBonta (14- Chardonnay Curran, 85’); 22- Alex Loera; 5- Cece Kizer (77- Alexa Spaanstra, 57’); 4- Hailie Mace; 17- Michelle Cooper 

Unused Substitutes: 12- Stine Ballisager; 9- Mimmi Larsson; 78- Lauren; 26- Addisyn Merrick; 38- Cassie Miller; 19- Jenna Winebrenner 


Stats Summary: WAS / KC 

Shots: 18 / 6 

Shots On Goal: 3 / 4 

Shots Blocked: 6 / 0 

Saves: 3 / 1 

Tackles Won: 11 / 13 

Fouls: 14 / 13 

Offsides: 1 / 1 


Misconduct Summary: 

WAS – Sam Staab – 20’ 

KC – Hailie Mace – 40’ 

KC – Izzy Rodriguez – 58’ 

KC – Gabrielle Robinson – 87’ 

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