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Final
Wed, Aug 8

Washington SpiritWAS

2‑14‑4 , 0‑9‑2 Away

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Rio Tinto Stadium

Sandy, Utah

Attendance: 8,154

Stengel scores late again, Utah tops Washington 1-0

Utah improves to 28 points as the playoff race continues

Utah Royals FC forward Katie Stengel scored her fifth goal of the season on Wednesday night. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

A second-half goal from Katie Stengel proved to be the decider at Rio Tinto Stadium as Utah Royals FC beat the Washington Spirit 1-0 in Wednesday’s Week 20 opener. The result sees Utah improve to 7-6-7 on the season.

With the playoff race in full swing in the middle of the table, the critical three points bring Utah to 28 points in the standings, tied with the fifth-place Chicago Red Stars and just one removed from fourth-place Portland Thorns FC.

For the Washington Spirit, the loss marks their seventh straight defeat. The Spirit now have longest active losing streak and the longest losing streak in the league this season. The Spirit’s last point came in their scoreless draw with Seattle Reign FC on June 16. The Spirit are winless in their last 11 games and last earned a victory against Sky Blue FC on May 23. The Spirit have been shutout in nine of their last ten matches, and are now 2-14-4 on the year, with 10 points.

Many of Utah’s chances in front of goal were kept at bay by Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, who made seven saves over the course of the match. In the 74th minute, Utah midfielder Taylor Lytle played a low ball in toward the box and Diana Matheson set up the play with a dummy, just minutes after both players had taken the field. Stengel ran onto the ball and was able to find the back of the net for the winner and her fifth goal of the season.

Stengel also scored the late game-winning goal on Sunday night in Utah’s 2-1 win over Houston.

Stengel and Christen Press led the Utah front line in shots on the night, with five each, and the duo began creating chances in the first half. Stengel tested Bledsoe early on with a quick turn and shot from beyond the 18 after running onto a ball from Press. The Spirit keeper dove to push the shot away and keep things scoreless.

The Spirit put pressure on Utah with a cross in the 19th minute. The threatening delivery from Ashley Hatch found its way to Mallory Pugh, but her header went out for a corner. Pugh returned to the Spirit lineup against the Reign on Sunday after recovering from a PCL sprain. On Wednesday, the Spirit forward logged 30 minutes before making way for Cali Farquharson.

In the 26th minute, Stengel ripped another shot from range, but Bledsoe followed it closely, diving to protect her left post and collect the shot after it bobbled.

Press and Erika Tymrak combined for a pair of chances for Utah Royals FC in the 28th minute. Press took a solo dribble up from midfield and had a shot on goal that Bledsoe punched upwards. Tymrak was there to run onto the rebound, but her header sent the ball just wide of the post.

Ahead of the second half, Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle came off for Meggie Dougherty Howard. Lavelle earned her second start of the season on the night.

In the second half, the Spirit looked dangerous in front of Utah’s net when Andi Sullivan sent a long cross toward the far post, but the ball went unanswered and trickled out for a throw-in.

In the 62nd minute, Amy Rodriguez maneuvered through the Spirit defense, found a pocket of space, turned, and struck a shot in the direction of the goal but sent it just wide. Rodriguez had four shots on the night.

In the 79th minute, Becky Sauerbrunn entered the match after being substituted in for Press. The exchange marked Sauerbrunn’s first-ever substitution into or out of a match in her NWSL career.

Utah’s chances didn’t stop with Stengel’s go-ahead goal. In the 81st minute, Bledsoe got tested from distance again when Lo’eau LaBonta ripped a shot from far beyond the box, but the Spirit keeper got into position to punch it over the bar.

A late effort from the Spirit came in the 92nd minute. A combination between Taylor Smith and Mallory Eubanks was almost enough for the equalizer, Rachel Corsie got in front of the ball with a sliding block that ended the chance.

Utah Royals FC will face the Seattle Reign on Saturday. The Spirit have a break over the weekend but return to action against the Houston Dash on the road next Friday, August 17.

Utah Royals FC

18

Nicole Barnhart

Goalkeeper
3

Rebecca Moros

Defender
16

Samantha Johnson

Defender
2

Rachel Corsie

Defender
17

Sydney Miramontez

Defender
21

Christen Press

Defensive Midfielder
  80'
23

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir

Defensive Midfielder
15

Erika Tymrak

Attacking Midfielder
  65'
9

Lo’eau LaBonta

Attacking Midfielder
24

Katie Stengel

Attacking Midfielder
  74'
8

Amy Rodriguez

Striker
  73'

substitutes

6

Katie Bowen

Substitute
19

Katrina Gorry

Substitute
12

Taylor Lytle

Substitute
  65'
10

Diana Matheson

Substitute
  73'
25

Brittany Ratcliffe

Substitute
4

Becky Sauerbrunn

Substitute
  80'
1

Abby Smith

Substitute

manager

 

Laura Harvey

Manager

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
23

Tori Huster

Defender
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
4

Rebecca Quinn

Defender
22

Mallory Eubanks

Midfielder
5

Whitney Church

Midfielder
6

Andi Sullivan

Midfielder
7

Taylor Smith

Midfielder
16

Rose Lavelle

Attacking Midfielder
  46'
11

Mallory Pugh

Striker
  31'
33

Ashley Hatch

Striker

substitutes

8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Substitute
  46'
3

Caprice Dydasco

Substitute
  73'
17

Cali Farquharson

Substitute
  31'   73'
21

DiDi Haracic

Substitute
15

Joanna Lohman

Substitute
14

Francisca Ordega

Substitute
9

Havana Solaun

Substitute

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Utah Royals 1, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, Utah Royals 1, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals).

90'+2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mallory Eubanks.

88'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87'

START DELAY

Delay in match Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

86'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84'

MISS

Attempt missed. Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82'

MISS

Attempt missed. Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez with a cross following a corner.

81'

CORNER

Corner, Utah Royals. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

81'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lo'eau LaBonta (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

80'

CORNER

Corner, Utah Royals. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

80'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Becky Sauerbrunn replaces Christen Press.

76'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christen Press (Utah Royals) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez.

74'

GOAL

Goal! Utah Royals 1, Washington Spirit 0. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Caprice Dydasco replaces Cali Farquharson.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Diana Matheson replaces Amy Rodriguez.

70'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

68'

FREE KICK WON

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67'

FREE KICK WON

Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals).

67'

MISS

Attempt missed. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez.

66'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christen Press (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

65'

MISS

Attempt missed. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Hatch.

65'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Taylor Lytle replaces Erika Tymrak.

62'

MISS

Attempt missed. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

61'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

59'

MISS

Attempt missed. Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard.

56'

CORNER

Corner, Utah Royals. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

55'

CORNER

Corner, Utah Royals. Conceded by Tori Huster.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit).

49'

FREE KICK WON

Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

START

Second Half begins Utah Royals 0, Washington Spirit 0.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Meggie Dougherty Howard replaces Rose Lavelle.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, Utah Royals 0, Washington Spirit 0.

45'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lo'eau LaBonta (Utah Royals).

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Whitney Church (Washington Spirit).

38'

FREE KICK WON

Lo'eau LaBonta (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Eubanks (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cali Farquharson.

31'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Cali Farquharson replaces Mallory Pugh.

29'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Mallory Pugh tries a through ball, but Rose Lavelle is caught offside.

28'

MISS

Attempt missed. Erika Tymrak (Utah Royals) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

28'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christen Press (Utah Royals) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

26'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez.

26'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Whitney Church (Washington Spirit).

26'

FREE KICK WON

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christen Press (Utah Royals) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erika Tymrak.

24'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sidney Miramontez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Erika Tymrak.

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals).

22'

FREE KICK WON

Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21'

FREE KICK WON

Lo'eau LaBonta (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit).

19'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Samantha Johnson.

16'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

15'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Rose Lavelle tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

14'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Mallory Pugh tries a through ball, but Rose Lavelle is caught offside.

14'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mallory Eubanks.

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Johnson (Utah Royals) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez with a cross following a corner.

12'

CORNER

Corner, Utah Royals. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

12'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Christen Press.

9'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rose Lavelle.

5'

MISS

Attempt missed. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rebecca Moros.

2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christen Press (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sidney Miramontez.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

UTA
KO HT FT 90+
31
Cali Farquharson 17
Mallory Pugh 11
46
Meggie Dougherty Howard 8
Rose Lavelle 16
65
Taylor Lytle 12
Erika Tymrak 15
73
Diana Matheson 10
Amy Rodriguez 8
73
Caprice Dydasco 3
Cali Farquharson 17
80
Becky Sauerbrunn 4
Christen Press 21
74
goal

Katie Stengel 24

Assisted by: Taylor Lytle 12

WAS

Goals & Assists

74′ Utah Royals FC
Katie Stengel
Assisted by: Taylor Lytle

Disciplinary

NONE

Substitutions

31′ Washington Spirit
  Cali Farquharson
  Mallory Pugh
46′ Washington Spirit
  Meggie Dougherty Howard
  Rose Lavelle
65′ Utah Royals FC
  Taylor Lytle
  Erika Tymrak
73′ Utah Royals FC
  Diana Matheson
  Amy Rodriguez
73′ Washington Spirit
  Caprice Dydasco
  Cali Farquharson
80′ Utah Royals FC
  Becky Sauerbrunn
  Christen Press


UTA

Match Statistics


WAS

21
Shots
7
9
Shots On Goal
0
5
Shots Blocked
3
5
Corners
1
27
Crosses
11
0
Offsides
3
4
Fouls
5
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
425
Total Passes
381
76.7%
Passing Accuracy
73.5%
53.4%
Possession
46.6%
40
Duels Won
27
12
Tackles Won
5
0
Saves
8
13
Clearances
28

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
3 D Rebecca Moros 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 D Samantha Johnson 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 D Rachel Corsie 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
17 D Sydney Miramontez 90 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
21 DM Christen Press 80 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0
23 DM Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
15 AM Erika Tymrak 65 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 AM Lo’eau LaBonta 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
24 AM Katie Stengel 90 1 0 6 4 0 0 0 0
8 F Amy Rodriguez 73 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
6 S Katie Bowen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Katrina Gorry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Taylor Lytle 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S Diana Matheson 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Brittany Ratcliffe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Becky Sauerbrunn 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1 S Abby Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
18 G Nicole Barnhart 90 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
23 D Tori Huster 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 D Estelle Johnson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Rebecca Quinn 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 M Mallory Eubanks 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 M Whitney Church 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
6 M Andi Sullivan 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
7 M Taylor Smith 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 AM Rose Lavelle 45 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
11 F Mallory Pugh 31 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
8 S Meggie Dougherty Howard 45 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
3 S Caprice Dydasco 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Cali Farquharson 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 S DiDi Haracic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Joanna Lohman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Francisca Ordega 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Havana Solaun 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Aubrey Bledsoe 90 1 21 8 0 0 0 0

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