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Extra-time goal gives Spirit championship over Red Stars


2021-11-20 20:45:20 GMT+00:00 – Kelly O’Hara scored the go-ahead goal seven minutes into additional time Saturday and the Washington Spirit gained the NWSL championship sport by rallying for a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars at Louisville, Ky.

O’Hara’s game-winner was her first goal of the season and got here off a header following an extended move from Trinity Rodman.

It was Washington’s first NWSL championship and got here after the Spirit completed in third place within the regular-season standings. There was no championship sport in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Red Stars goalkeeper Cassie Miller had eight saves, whereas Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe had two saves. Bledsoe, who was named sport MVP, had a diving save on Chicago’s Makenzy Doniak within the 116th minute to protect the victory and the title.

The Spirit’s victory over the Red Stars got here after they went 0-2-1 in opposition to them within the common season.

The Red Stars took a 1-0 lead within the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time when Rachel Hill delivered on a header from close to the appropriate put up after a cross from Arin Wright.

The Spirit made their transfer within the second half after Chicago’s Mallory Pugh didn’t return after halftime due to harm. Pugh, a NWSL MVP candidate, was injured on a tough sort out late within the first half.

The 19-year-old Rodman had some harmful probabilities early within the second half earlier than sending a move into the penalty space to Tara McKeown within the 66th minute. McKeown was taken down by Chicago’s Tierna Davidson, incomes an try from the penalty spot.

Washington’s Andi Sullivan delivered on the penalty shot within the 67th minute, slightly below the attain of Miller.

Washington had a 31-14 edge in pictures.

The championship sport ended a tumultuous season for the NWSL after North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley was accused of sexual coercion by a number of gamers. Riley was fired, whereas NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird resigned her put up.

(Field Level Media)

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