Washington Spirit WAS

2‑8‑4 , 2‑4‑2 Home

2
Final
Sat, Mar 31

Orlando PrideORL

6‑3‑4 , 4‑2‑2 Away

0

Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex

Boyds, Maryland

Attendance: 4,989

Pugh, Hatch lead Spirit to 2-0 win over Pride

The Spirit are now 1-1-0

Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh celebrates her goal in Washington's 2-0 win over the Orlando Pride. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Mallory Pugh and Ashley Hatch each scored as the Washington Spirit beat the Orlando Pride 2-0 in Washington’s home opener on Saturday afternoon. The win is the first of the year for the Spirit and came in front of a near-capacity crowd of 4,989 fans at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.

The Spirit are now 1-1-0 after the first two games of the season. The Pride dropped to 0-1-1 with the loss.

Washington didn’t get their first shot on goal until the 58th minute — an Andi Sullivan attempt that was stopped by Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris —  and they finished the game with just three shots on target. But it was those final two shots that mattered most as they scored twice in the game’s final ten minutes.

 

First up, it was Pugh scoring her first goal of the season in the 80th minute. Hatch won the ball in the air and headed it to Pugh, who was open near midfield. Pugh raced down the sideline as two Pride defenders tried to stay with her. She then hit it between Harris’ legs to make it 1-0 in favor of the Spirit.

 

 

Eight minutes later, it was Hatch’s turn, with Pugh starting the play. Pugh got in behind the Pride defense and crossed into the box. Orlando defender Carson Picketts attempted clearance fell in the middle of the area. Hatch pounced on the loose ball, turned and sent it home with her right foot.

 

“We came out with a great mindset. We needed to win this game and we did that and I’m super super proud,” Pugh told Dalen Cuff on Lifetime after the match.

 

Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made four saves in the game to earn her first shutout of the season. Her best effort came in the 14th minute on a quick shot from Orlando forward Sydney Leroux.

The Pride were playing without both Marta and Alex Morgan, who combined to score 22 goals last season. Marta is on international duty with Brazil and Morgan missed the game with a concussion suffered last week vs. Utah Royals FC. But the Pride had more shots on goal than the Spirit in the game (4-3) and three of those shots came from Leroux.

One of Orlando’s best chances came in the 32nd minute when Rachel Hill‘s shot smacked off the top of the crossbar. They also had a late chance to tie it in the 86th minute after a flurry in the box, but Pickett’s shot was stopped by Bledsoe.

The goal for Hatch came in her second game with her new team. Last year, Hatch won the Rookie of the Year award after scoring seven goals for a veteran North Carolina Courage squad. She was traded to the Spirit in January.

“We have a lot of young players, so needed a lot of them to step up and be leaders on the field,” Hatch told Cuff after the game. “I think we’re starting to get the hang of that. Each practice we’re trying to push each other because we don’t have as much experience. But I think it’s great because we’re all hungry. It’s a different team, but I’m ready.”

 

The game marked the professional debut of Spirit midfielder Rebecca Quinn, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. She missed last week’s season opener because of visa issues.

In addition to missing Morgan and Marta, the Pride were without Poliana, Monica, Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond because of international duty. The Spirit were without Estefanía Banini due to international duty as well.

 

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
5

Whitney Church

Defender
  44'
7

Taylor Smith

Defender
9

Havana Solaun

Midfielder
  68'
4

Rebecca Quinn

Midfielder
  56'
6

Andi Sullivan

Attacker
33

Ashley Hatch

Attacker
  88'
14

Francisca Ordega

Attacker
  87'
11

Mallory Pugh

Attacker
  80'
8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Midfielder
  68'
22

Mallory Eubanks

Attacker
  87'
23

Tori Huster

Midfielder
15

Joanna Lohman

Midfielder
  56'
12

Morgan Proffitt

Defender
88

Tiffany Weimer

Midfielder
19

Kelsey Wys

Goalkeeper

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

Orlando Pride

24

Ashlyn Harris

Goalkeeper
16

Carson Pickett

Defender
3

Toni Pressley

Defender
4

Shelina Zadorsky

Defender
11

Ali Krieger

Defender
12

Kristen Edmonds

Midfielder
7

Christine Nairn

Midfielder
6

Chioma Ubogagu

Attacker
  74'
17

Dani Weatherholt

Midfielder
  90'
15

Rachel Hill

Attacker
2

Sydney Leroux

Attacker
22

Bridget Callahan

Midfielder
  90'
26

Christine Creighton

Attacker
20

Abby Elinsky

Midfielder
8

Danica Evans

Attacker
  74'
23

Nádia Gomes

Attacker
28

Haley Kopmeyer

Goalkeeper
25

Lotta Ökvist

Defender

manager

 

Tom Sermanni

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Washington Spirit 2, Orlando Pride 0.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, Washington Spirit 2, Orlando Pride 0.

90'+2'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Andi Sullivan.

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Toni Pressley (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

90'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Orlando Pride. Bridget Callahan replaces Dani Weatherholt.

88'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 2, Orlando Pride 0. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

87'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Mallory Eubanks replaces Francisca Ordega.

84'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Estelle Johnson tries a through ball, but Francisca Ordega is caught offside.

80'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, Orlando Pride 0. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Hatch with a headed pass.

79'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Nairn (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit).

78'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Nairn (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

77'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Nairn (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

76'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Orlando Pride. Rachel Hill tries a through ball, but Dani Weatherholt is caught offside.

74'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Orlando Pride. Danica Evans replaces Chioma Ubogagu.

68'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Meggie Dougherty Howard replaces Havana Solaun.

68'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mallory Pugh with a cross.

68'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

66'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Carson Pickett (Orlando Pride).

66'

FREE KICK WON

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61'

MISS

Attempt missed. Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Havana Solaun.

60'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Toni Pressley (Orlando Pride) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dani Weatherholt with a headed pass.

59'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

58'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

58'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57'

FREE KICK WON

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

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride).

56'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Joanna Lohman replaces Rebecca Quinn.

56'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Ashley Hatch tries a through ball, but Mallory Pugh is caught offside.

54'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

54'

FREE KICK WON

Carson Pickett (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Orlando Pride. Christine Nairn tries a through ball, but Sydney Leroux is caught offside.

50'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

49'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Orlando Pride. Christine Nairn tries a through ball, but Rachel Hill is caught offside.

49'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Andi Sullivan.

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chioma Ubogagu.

48'

MISS

Attempt missed. Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

47'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit).

47'

FREE KICK WON

Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

START

Second Half begins Washington Spirit 0, Orlando Pride 0.

45'+1'

END 1

First Half ends, Washington Spirit 0, Orlando Pride 0.

45'+1'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Nairn (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dani Weatherholt.

44'

YELLOW CARD

Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Whitney Church (Washington Spirit).

44'

FREE KICK WON

Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

39'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chioma Ubogagu with a through ball.

33'

FREE KICK WON

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

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride).

32'

POST

Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Kristen Edmonds.

29'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christine Nairn with a cross.

29'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Whitney Church.

26'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Toni Pressley.

26'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Hatch.

23'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

22'

MISS

Attempt missed. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mallory Pugh.

19'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

19'

FREE KICK WON

Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17'

FREE KICK WON

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

17'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride).

15'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chioma Ubogagu.

14'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

14'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

10'

FREE KICK WON

Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride).

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Havana Solaun.

8'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Whitney Church.

7'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Ali Krieger.

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rachel Hill with a cross.

2'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

WAS
KO HT FT 90+
56
Joanna Lohman 15
Rebecca Quinn 4
68
Meggie Dougherty Howard 8
Havana Solaun 9
74
Danica Evans 8
Chioma Ubogagu 6
87
Mallory Eubanks 22
Francisca Ordega 14
90
Bridget Callahan 22
Dani Weatherholt 17
80
goal

Mallory Pugh 11

Assisted by: Ashley Hatch 33

88
goal

Ashley Hatch 33

44
yellow card

Whitney Church 5

ORL

Goals & Assists

80′ Washington Spirit
Mallory Pugh
Assisted by: Ashley Hatch
88′ Washington Spirit
Ashley Hatch

Disciplinary

44′ Washington Spirit
Whitney Church

Substitutions

56′ Washington Spirit
  Joanna Lohman
  Rebecca Quinn
68′ Washington Spirit
  Meggie Dougherty Howard
  Havana Solaun
74′ Orlando Pride
  Danica Evans
  Chioma Ubogagu
87′ Washington Spirit
  Mallory Eubanks
  Francisca Ordega
90′ Orlando Pride
  Bridget Callahan
  Dani Weatherholt


WAS

Match Statistics


ORL

13
Shots
13
3
Shots On Goal
4
3
Shots Blocked
4
2
Corners
7
10
Crosses
21
2
Offsides
3
7
Fouls
5
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
441
Total Passes
473
68.0%
Passing Accuracy
72.7%
48.1%
Possession
51.9%
52
Duels Won
40
16
Tackles Won
10
4
Saves
1
25
Clearances
25

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 D Estelle Johnson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 M Havana Solaun 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 M Rebecca Quinn 56 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
6 Andi Sullivan 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
33 Ashley Hatch 90 1 1 4 1 0 0 1 0
14 Francisca Ordega 87 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 2
11 Mallory Pugh 90 1 0 3 1 2 1 2 0
8 M Meggie Dougherty Howard 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 Mallory Eubanks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 M Tori Huster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 M Joanna Lohman 34 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
12 D Morgan Proffitt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 M Tiffany Weimer 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 0 13 4 0 0 0 1
19 G Kelsey Wys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 D Carson Pickett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
3 D Toni Pressley 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
4 D Shelina Zadorsky 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
11 D Ali Krieger 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 M Kristen Edmonds 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 M Christine Nairn 90 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 1
6 Chioma Ubogagu 74 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
17 M Dani Weatherholt 89 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
15 Rachel Hill 90 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
2 Sydney Leroux 90 0 0 4 3 0 1 1 1
22 M Bridget Callahan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Christine Creighton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 M Abby Elinsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Danica Evans 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Nádia Gomes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 D Lotta Ökvist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Ashlyn Harris 90 2 13 1 0 0 0 0
28 G Haley Kopmeyer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0