Spirit and Reign FC settle for a scoreless draw
Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made six saves on the night
Both the Spirit and Reign played to a
Both the Spirit and Reign played to a

The Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign settled for a scoreless draw on Saturday night at Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.

The Spirit played one match prior in NWSL Week 12 action which resulted in a scoreless draw vs Sky Blue FC. The Spirit improve to 2-7-4 with the point and the Reign are 5-2-4 in league play.

In the 52nd minute Reign FC had a chance to take the lead after defender Estelle Johnson conceded a penalty in the box. Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe stepped up to take the penalty kick, but her shot was saved by Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Bledsoe earned six saves on the night and and holds a league-leading 63 saves on the year. Rapinoe was unable to convert for her side at the spot, however still leads her team in goals with five this season.

The Spirit saw a spark in the first half from midfielder Rose Lavelle, who earned her first start on the night. Lavelle played 45 minutes and in the 25th minute used her pace to create an chance for the home team.

At the 45 minute mark, Washington had five shots and Seattle had six. Seattle’s best chances to find the back of the net were in Rapinoe and forwards Jodie Taylor and Elizabeth Addo combining up top. Rapinoe finished the match with seven shots with three on target and Taylor and Addo finished with one shot and one on target on the night.

Rapinoe and the Reign’s best final chance came in the 86th minute when defender Steph Catley played a dangerous long service into the box. Rapinoe got her head on it, but Bledsoe made a diving save to keep it scoreless.

On the Spirit side, midfielder Andi Sullivan dictated the play in the middle and was able to combine well with Ashley Hatch and Estefanía Banini in the final third. Sullivan finished the match with five shots and in the 95th minute the rookie was open at the top of the box and had a chance to win it for her side, but she wasn’t able to cleanly hit the ball through and it went wide. Banini finished the match with four shots and Hatch finished with two.

Reign FC goalkeeper Lydia Williams earned her fourth-straight shutout and finished the match with two saves. The Reign will next host the Courage on June 23 and the Spirit will host the Orlando Pride on June 23.

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