Utah Royals FC open their season with 1-0 win at home
Lo'eau LaBonta scored the game's only goal
Utah Royals FC  | Washington Spirit
  • A crowd of 18,015 was in attendance for the Utah Royals FC home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium as Utah beat the Washington Spirit 1-0.
  • Utah Royals FC midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta scored the first goal of the season for Utah, on a play started by Christen Press. Press stole a ball on the backline, dribbled into the box, and threaded a pass to LaBonta for the right-footed finish.
  • In the 76th minute, Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle‘s free kick shot went just high. The game marked Lavelle’s 2019 NWSL debut after she missed the opener with an injury.
  • Utah Royals FC midfielder Mandy Laddish subbed on in the 79th minute, her first minutes after missing the last two seasons because of injury.
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