Spirit Seek to Sweep Season Series with Sky Blue in Return to SoccerPlex
The Washington Spirit, Germantown’s hometown professional women’s soccer team, will return home after three road games to face the Sky Blue FC on Saturday, a team they beat three weeks ago.
The Spirit were able to split the road games, winning 3-1 over Sky Blue on April 26, dropping a game 1-3 to the Seattle Reign on May 2, and playing the Portland Thornes to a 2-2 last Saturday. The Spirit’s record is perfectly even at 2-2-1 and they sit in fourth place in the NWSL with 7 points.
The Spirit got goals from forward Crystal Dunn in the third minute and another in the 14th minute from forward Francisca Ordega. Dunn is currently tied for first in number of league goals scored with four. Christine Nairn is currently eight in the league with three goals.
One of the main differences between Saturday’s game and the game on April 26, is that neither team will have the players which play in the US National Women’s team as they are training for the FIFA Women’s World Cup which is set to begin in Canada next month.
The Spirit will be without goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger, and forward Veronica Perez, and defender Arianna Romero who have been called up to the Mexican Women’s National Team.
Sky Blue, on the other hand, will be without defenders Kelly O’Hara and Christie Rampone, as well as Jonnelle Filigno who plays for the Canadian Women’s National Team and Monica Ocampo, who have been named to the Mexican Women’s National Team.
Kelsey Wys will take over in net for the Spirit while Harris on USWNT duty.
The Spirit have been without the services of Canadian National Team standout and Spirit fan favorite Diana Matheson since the beginning of the year as she recovers from a torn ACL injury in October. She is expected to play for Canada, and return to Spirit after the Women’s World Cup.
The Spirit will also be without forward Estafania Banini, who will miss the remainder of the 2015 NWSL season and is set to undergo knee surgery to repair cartilage in her right knee. Banini is expected to be out for 5-6 months and will not return to play for the Spirit this season.
“Estefi is a very important player to us and she will be hugely missed this season,” said head coach Mark Parsons. “With the support of our expert medical team at Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy we know she is in the best hands.”
The Spirit return home on Saturday to play Sky Blue FC at Maureen Hendricks Field in the Maryland SoccerPlex at 7:00 pm on May 16. Washington Spirit season tickets are available now with packages starting as low as $170. Check out all of NWSL soccer at the Maryland SoccerPlex by calling 301-337-8579.
Next: Washington Spirit's Cristine Nairn (7) celebrates by pointing into the stands after scoring a goal in the Spirit's home opener on April 18 against FCKC.
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