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Spirit Back to Winning Ways with Shutout of Defending Champs

After a tough loss last week, the Washington Spirit, Germantown’s hometown professional women’s soccer team, got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 shutout of the defending NWSL champs FC Kansas City in front of 3,036 on a beautiful night at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

After a first-half which ended with neither team finding the back of the net, the Spirit made some lineup changes and sparked an offensive onslaught in the second half. The goals came from forward Francisca Ordega in the 79th minute and midfielder Tori Huster in the 85th minute to earn the win and three points for the Spirit.

“I think there was a good energy. We were a lot more organized, and we played well as a group. The second half with the insertion of Franny and Cheyna [Williams] really added some speed and dynamic up front. I think we started moving the ball a little quicker,” said general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra.

Ordega scored the go-ahead goal for the Spirit in the 79th minute. Ordega came off the bench early in the second half and immediately showed off her attacking pace. After several close runs, Ordega finally capitalized. Midfielder Joanna Lohman drilled a shot toward goal in the box, but the shot was deflected by FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. The deflection landed right at the feet of Ordega, who put the ball in the lower left-hand corner past the extended arm of FCKC’s goalie Nicole Barnhart.