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Ordega’s goal leads Washington to 1-0 win over Portland
Washington is now unbeaten in its last three games
Francisca Ordega scored in her second consecutive game for the Spirit. (Photo credit: Tony Quinn for isiphotos.com)
Francisca Ordega scored in her second consecutive game for the Spirit. (Photo credit: Tony Quinn for isiphotos.com)

The Washington Spirit topped Portland Thorns FC 1-0 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,319 fans at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex on the Spirit Squadron’s Pride Night in Maryland. The win extended the Spirit’s unbeaten streak to three games

It’s Washington’s second-ever win over Portland first since 2015.

The Spirit got on the board in the 19th minute thanks to Francisca Ordega’s fourth goal of the season. The Spirit forward stripped Thorns midfielder Allie Long of the ball at midfield dribbled into the box and sent a right-footed bending ball past Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

In the 22nd minute, midfielder Havana Solaun beat Franch with a strike from outside the box, but her shot bounced off the post.

Portland forward Nadia Nadim, who missed last week with a strained left hamstring, did not start on Saturday but subbed in at the start of the second half. After a slow first half, Portland’s offense picked up in the second, forcing eight shots but only two on frame. The Thorns held the majority of possession, but could only force three shots on goal in the match.

Last week, the Spirit led for most of the match on an Ordega goal, but gave up a late Christen Press penalty kick and could only leave Chicago with a draw. That was not the case this week as the Spirit defense held strong in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé made three saves to earn her second shutout of the season.

Ordega walked off gingerly in the last minute of the game with an apparent right leg injury.

Thorns midfielder Mana Shim, who missed the last seven games for Portland with a left foot sprain, returned as a sub for the Thorns in the 82nd minute.

The Spirit improved to 3-5-2 with 11 points following the win. The Thorns are now 4-3-3 with 15 points.

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