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Spirit's First Home Loss Sets Up Playoff Rematch in Seattle

In a game in which rivalries are born, the Washington Spirit lost to the Hope Solo and the Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on Saturday marking the first time the Spirit have lost a home game all season.

Unfortunately, it may have come in the biggest spot of the season as the Spirit were playing for a possible home playoff game. The loss forces a playoff rematch of the tightly contested, and often testy game between the Spirit and Seattle Reign, this Sunday at 9:30 pm ET on Sunday night.

Seattle started the scoring fairly early as the Reign converted the first goal in the 15th minute. A Spirit defender headed a well-struck ball out of the goalmouth but right to the foot of Seattle’s Jessica Fishlock outside the eighteen. She volleyed a shot into the top right corner, giving Seattle a 1-0 lead.

The Reign would strike again in the 23rd minute, as Megan Rapinoe would bring the ball in from the right, take few touches and bomb a shot to the top left corner of the goal, from well outside the eighteen to expand the lead to 2-0.

The Spirit battled back as Diana Matheson drove into the top corner of the Reign box before being fouled by Kendall Fletcher in the 37th minute. Matheson stepped up to take the kick, sent Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo the wrong way and placed her shot in the upper right corner of the net to make the score 2-1.

Before the first half concluded, the Spirit’s Franny Ordega, Ali Krieger, Crystal Dunn and Christine Nairn built up possession in the midfield, with Nairn slotting a ball to Dunn, but her shot was tipped over the bar by Solo.

Teams came out after the break with no subs, as the Spirit continued to battle for the equalizing goal. In the 63rd minute, Ordega had a close shot on goal, but the ball went just wide of goal.