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Spirit Remain Unbeaten at Home After Emotional Win Over Orlando

It was an emotional evening at the sold-out Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown on Saturday, as the Washington Spirit hosted the newest members of the National Women’s Soccer League, the expansion Orlando Pride.

The game took place one week after the tragic mass-shooting event at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando where 49 people were killed, in a terrorist attack which had left the national reeling.

The 5,750 fans attending the game, knew that Saturday’s game was going to be different as soon they saw the field at Maureen Hendricks Stadium, which was decorated with a ribbon and the words, “We Stand United With Orlando” at midfield.

The victims of last week’s shoot were honored with a Moment of Silence before the National Anthem. Players from both teams entered the game wearing purple t-shirt reading, “#Orlando United” and both teams came together for a photo prior to the match, which pitted the 4-4 Pride against a 4-1-2 Spirit team coming home from a month away from the SoccerPlex.

The match, which ended in a 2-0 victory for Spirit was the first ever meeting between the two teams. The Spirit got on the board first with a goal from Estefania Banini in the ninth minute of action.