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Spirit Beats Chicago in Overtime to Advance to NWSL Championship

The Washington Spirit defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in overtime on Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex to advance to the Nationa Women’s Soccer League Championship game for the first time in the team’s four-year history.

The Spirit will await the outcome of Sunday’s NWSL semi-final match between the Portland Thorns and Western New York Flash to find out who they will play in the NWSL Championship game. The NWSL Final will be played on Sunday, Oct. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

As a thrilling and hard-fought game, the game-winning goal in the 111th minute by Nigerian national team player Francisca Ordega vaulted the Washington Spirit to a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Friday night, as 4,249 fans packed the Maryland SoccerPlex for an NWSL semifinal match.

After the teams had played to a 1-1 stalemate in the first 90 minutes of play, the Spirit defense clamped down, and Ordega provided the big score, finishing off a beautifully-placed pass along the in-line from midfielder Christine Nairn.

In regulation, the teams traded scores with the Spirit controlling possession and eventually finding the net during the first half.