Washington Spirit WAS

2‑17‑5 , 2‑7‑3 Home

1
Final
Sun, Sep 2

Sky Blue FCNJ

1‑17‑6 , 0‑8‑4 Away

1

Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex

Boyds, Maryland

Attendance: 3,462

Spirit, Sky Blue FC draw 1-1

Bledsoe set the new single-season saves record in the game

Sky Blue's Shea Groom (left) and Sarah Killion celebrate Killion's goal vs. the Spirit. (Photo credit: Tony Quinn/isiphotos.com)

The Washington Spirit and Sky Blue FC played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday morning at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Saturday night, but rescheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday morning after lightning forced the postponement of the game.

Sky Blue FC midfielder Sarah Killion scored the equalizer in the 87th minute after Spirit forward Arielle Ship put the Spirit ahead in the 71st minute.

Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made five saves in the game, bringing her season total to 108 with a save percentage of 78.3%. In the game, she broke Alyssa Naeher’s single-season save record of 106, set in 2014 with the Boston Breakers. That season, Naeher allowed 53 goals in 24 games. Bledsoe allowed 30 goals in 21 games.

It’s the final game of the season for the Spirit, who finished the season with a 2-17-5 record (11 points). Ship’s goal snapped a streak of seven games without a goal, and the draw snapped a 10-game losing streak. Sky Blue FC are now 0-16-6 (6 points) with two games left to play and still in search of their first win.

Sky Blue FC will have to play another game on Tuesday, their second in three days. Tuesday’s game will be in Chicago vs. the Red Stars. A win can keep the Red Stars from clinching a playoff berth and make Saturday’s game between the Red Stars and Utah Royals FC a meeting with the final playoff spot on the line.

Bledsoe wasted no time getting to work on setting the record, making a leaping stop on a shot by Madison Tiernan in the 5th minute.

Sky Blue FC’s best chance in the first half came on a penalty kick attempt in the 27th minute after Killion was fouled in the box by Tiffany McCarty. Shea Groom took the spot kick and sent Bledsoe diving the wrong way, but her shot hit off the crossbar and the score remained 0-0.

Bledsoe set the record with a save in the 47th minute on a shot by Jen Hoy. She followed it up with her final save of the morning a minute later on a shot by Groom.

The Spirit got their goal in the 71st minute, their first score since July 7. Ship, in just her second game of the season since returning from an ACL tear, scored her first goal since August 4 of last year — also against Sky Blue FC — and her second professional goal.

Havana Solaun won the ball at midfield, and quickly passed to Ship, racing down the right side of the field. Ship’s initial shot was saved by Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, as was Francisca Ordega’s shot off the rebound. Ordega and Ship persisted though, and when Sheridan again saved Ordega’s shot, Ship was in the right spot to knock in the rebound.

After the goal, Sky Blue FC had a few free kick opportunities, but eventually found the game-tying goal in the 87th minute. Following a throw-in, Killion passed it to Tiernan, making a run to the endline on the right side of the attack. Tiernan crossed it into the box and Groom let the ball go between in her legs, dummying it to Killion, making a run into the box. Killion struck the ball one-time and with power, over Bledsoe to make it 1-1.

The goal is Killion’s second of the season and second in three games.

Sheridan made five saves in the game, bringing her season total to 97, giving her a shot at breaking Bledsoe’s new record with two games to go.

Sky Blue FC controlled possession in the match (59.7% to 40.3%) and completed 78.7% of their passes. Sky Blue took 20 shots, six on goal. The Spirit had 10 shots, six on goal and completed 64.6% of their passes.

Both teams were missing a number of players due to the game being played over the FIFA international break. The Spirit had five national team replacement players on the roster for the game: Zoe Clark, Megan CrossonMcCarty, Alexa Newfield and Morgan Ruhl. Sky Blue FC had three: Eliza Bona, Gabby Cuevas and Nickolette Driesse. Estefanía Banini (Argentina), Mallory Eubanks (U.S. U-23), DiDi Haracic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ashley Hatch (U.S. U-23), Rose Lavelle (United States), Mallory Pugh (United States), Rebecca Quinn (Canada) and Andi Sullivan (U.S. U-23) all missed the game for the Spirit. Sky Blue FC were without Imani Dorsey (U.S. U-23), Katie Johnson (Mexico), Carli Lloyd (United States), Savannah McCaskill (U.S. U-23) and Raquel Rodriguez (Costa Rica).

After Tuesday’s road game vs. the Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC will close out the season at home vs. the Orlando Pride.

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
13

Megan Crosson

Defender
5

Whitney Church

Defender
31

Zoe Clark

Defender
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Defensive Midfielder
15

Joanna Lohman

Defensive Midfielder
36

Tiffany McCarty

Attacking Midfielder
  70'
9

Havana Solaun

Attacking Midfielder
17

Cali Farquharson

Attacking Midfielder
  58'
14

Francisca Ordega

Striker

substitutes

18

Alexa Newfield

Substitute
  70'
38

Morgan Ruhl

Substitute
2

Arielle Ship

Substitute
  58'   71'
7

Taylor Smith

Substitute

manager

 

Tom Torres

Manager

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
9

Amanda Frisbie

Defender
17

Dominique Richardson

Defender
22

Mandy Freeman

Defender
8

Erica Skroski

Defender
7

Jennifer Hoy

Midfielder
  69'
31

Christina Gibbons

Midfielder
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
  58'   87'
73

Madison Tiernan

Midfielder
  89'
2

McKenzie Meehan

Striker
  83'
6

Shea Groom

Striker

substitutes

15

Eliza Bona

Substitute
  89'
27

Caroline Casey

Substitute
18

Gabriella Cuevas

Substitute
24

Nickolette Driesse

Substitute
  83'
29

Amandine Pierre-Louis

Substitute
  69'
13

Rebekah Stott

Substitute

manager

 

Denise Reddy

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Washington Spirit 1, Sky Blue 1.

90'+5'

END 2

Second Half ends, Washington Spirit 1, Sky Blue 1.

90'+4'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90'+4'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Mandy Freeman.

90'+3'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Amandine Pierre-Louis (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

89'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Eliza Bona replaces Madison Tiernan.

88'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

87'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, Sky Blue 1. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Madison Tiernan with a cross.

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

86'

FREE KICK WON

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

84'

FREE KICK WON

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Megan Crosson (Washington Spirit).

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Nickolette Driesse replaces McKenzie Meehan.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue).

81'

MISS

Attempt missed. Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Christina Gibbons from a direct free kick.

81'

FREE KICK WON

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

79'

FREE KICK WON

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

78'

POST

McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Shea Groom.

77'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Sky Blue).

73'

FREE KICK WON

Christina Gibbons (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

71'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, Sky Blue 0. Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

71'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

71'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Havana Solaun.

70'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Alexa Newfield replaces Tiffany McCarty.

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Amandine Pierre-Louis replaces Jennifer Hoy.

68'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Meggie Dougherty Howard tries a through ball, but Tiffany McCarty is caught offside.

66'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun tries a through ball, but Caprice Dydasco is caught offside.

64'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

64'

FREE KICK WON

Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61'

FREE KICK WON

Shea Groom (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit).

61'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Mandy Freeman.

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard with a cross following a corner.

59'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Amanda Frisbie.

59'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard.

58'

YELLOW CARD

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

58'

FREE KICK WON

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Arielle Ship replaces Cali Farquharson.

54'

MISS

Attempt missed. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christina Gibbons following a corner.

53'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Megan Crosson.

51'

FREE KICK WON

Amanda Frisbie (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

50'

FREE KICK WON

Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50'

MISS

Attempt missed. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by McKenzie Meehan with a cross.

49'

MISS

Attempt missed. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Madison Tiernan.

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by McKenzie Meehan.

47'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by McKenzie Meehan.

START

Second Half begins Washington Spirit 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, Washington Spirit 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+1'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Sarah Killion tries a through ball, but Shea Groom is caught offside.

45'+1'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Cali Farquharson tries a through ball, but Tiffany McCarty is caught offside.

43'

MISS

Attempt missed. Erica Skroski (Sky Blue) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dominique Richardson with a cross following a corner.

43'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Whitney Church.

42'

MISS

Attempt missed. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

41'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Dominique Richardson.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Megan Crosson.

38'

FREE KICK WON

Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

37'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Amanda Frisbie tries a through ball, but Jennifer Hoy is caught offside.

36'

MISS

Attempt missed. Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

33'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Joanna Lohman.

32'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

32'

FREE KICK WON

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

31'

FREE KICK WON

Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

31'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun tries a through ball, but Francisca Ordega is caught offside.

28'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dominique Richardson with a cross following a corner.

28'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

27'

POST

Penalty missed! Still Washington Spirit 0, Sky Blue 0. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

26'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Sky Blue. Shea Groom draws a foul in the penalty area.

26'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit) after a foul in the penalty area.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue).

25'

FREE KICK WON

Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shea Groom with a cross.

24'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

24'

FREE KICK WON

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24'

FREE KICK WON

Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

23'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Dominique Richardson with a cross.

23'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

23'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

22'

FREE KICK WON

McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Zoe Clark (Washington Spirit).

21'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Amanda Frisbie.

21'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Madison Tiernan.

19'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Erica Skroski tries a through ball, but McKenzie Meehan is caught offside.

17'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kailen Sheridan.

17'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun tries a through ball, but Francisca Ordega is caught offside.

14'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shea Groom with a cross.

8'

MISS

Attempt missed. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

7'

FREE KICK WON

Christina Gibbons (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit).

5'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Shea Groom.

4'

FREE KICK WON

Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit).

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

WAS
KO HT FT 90+
58
Ship 2
Farquharson 17
69
Pierre-Louis 29
Hoy 7
70
Newfield 18
McCarty 36
83
Driesse 24
Meehan 2
89
Bona 15
Tiernan 73
71
goal

Arielle Ship 2

87
goal

Sarah Killion 16

Assisted by: Madison Tiernan 73

58
yellow card

Sarah Killion 16

NJ

Goals & Assists

71′ Washington Spirit
Arielle Ship
87′ Sky Blue FC
Sarah Killion
Assisted by: Madison Tiernan

Disciplinary

58′ Sky Blue FC
Sarah Killion

Substitutions

58′ Washington Spirit
  Arielle Ship
  Cali Farquharson
69′ Sky Blue FC
  Amandine Pierre-Louis
  Jennifer Hoy
70′ Washington Spirit
  Alexa Newfield
  Tiffany McCarty
83′ Sky Blue FC
  Nickolette Driesse
  McKenzie Meehan
89′ Sky Blue FC
  Eliza Bona
  Madison Tiernan


WAS

Match Statistics


NJ

10
Shots
20
5
Shots On Goal
6
2
Shots Blocked
4
6
Corners
6
11
Crosses
29
5
Offsides
3
14
Fouls
8
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
305
Total Passes
447
65.2%
Passing Accuracy
80.5%
39.8%
Possession
60.2%
47
Duels Won
57
16
Tackles Won
10
5
Saves
4
30
Clearances
15

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
13 D Megan Crosson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 D Zoe Clark 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
8 DM Meggie Dougherty Howard 90 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 2
15 DM Joanna Lohman 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
36 AM Tiffany McCarty 70 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
9 AM Havana Solaun 90 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
17 AM Cali Farquharson 58 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
14 F Francisca Ordega 90 0 0 5 2 0 2 4 1
18 S Alexa Newfield 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 S Morgan Ruhl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S Arielle Ship 32 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
7 S Taylor Smith 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 20 5 1 0 0 1
9 D Amanda Frisbie 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
17 D Dominique Richardson 90 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 1
22 D Mandy Freeman 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
8 D Erica Skroski 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 M Jennifer Hoy 69 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 1
31 M Christina Gibbons 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
16 M Sarah Killion 90 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 2
73 M Madison Tiernan 89 0 1 3 1 0 0 3 2
2 F McKenzie Meehan 83 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 1
6 F Shea Groom 90 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 2
15 S Eliza Bona 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Gabriella Cuevas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 S Nickolette Driesse 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 S Amandine Pierre-Louis 21 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 S Rebekah Stott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 1 10 4 0 0 0 1

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