The Washington Spirit defeated Racing Louisville FC in their eleventh match of the 2021 NWSL regular season, 2-0.
It didn’t take long for you to see that the Spirit meant business.
Louisville midfielder Freya Olofsson was put under pressure by Sanchez, who forced a heavy touch and took control of the ball to slide a pass to McKeown. The rookie then played Hatch in for a shot that beat Michelle Betos low and into the bottom far corner.
Hatch’s goal propelled her to the top of the NWSL scoring charts with six on the season, one goal ahead of Sydney Leroux and Lynn Williams.
Washington finally doubled their lead in the 58th minute. A corner to the back post was lofted back into the goalmouth by Aylmer, and Sam Staab won the header over the pack, nodding past Betos from close range, giving the Spirit a 2-0 lead.
Washington did well from there, despite having to spend long spells without the ball. The Spirit blocked five of Racing’s nine second-half shot attempts, and even Nadia Nadim’s Louisville debut was not enough to break Washington’s defensive wall.
The win takes the Spirit (5W-3D-3L) up to 3rd place in the NWSL on 18 points, one point behind Gotham and four off of league-leading Portland. Washington will look to turn this into a winning streak next Sunday, August 1, as they face the Chicago Red Stars at SeatGeek Stadium in a 6:00pm Eastern kickoff.