Spirit Lose Opener 1-0 and Lohman for Entire Season
The Washington Spirit, Germantown’s hometown professional woman’s soccer team, lost its opening day match last Saturday, 1-0 to the North Carolina Courage, but the bigger loss be the loss of veteran midfielder Joanna Lohman for the entire season due to an ACL injury.
The Spirit announced Monday that Lohman will miss the remainder of the 2017 NWSL season after tearing her left ACL during the first half of the Spirit’s loss to the Courage at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday.
"It's extremely unfortunate. Joanna worked incredibly hard during the offseason and was poised for another excellent year," said Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra. "She will have our full support throughout her recovery process."
Lohman, a Washington, DC native, has been with the Spirit since the end of the 2014 season when the club claimed her off the NWSL Waiver Wire from the Boston Breakers. The former U.S. Women's National Team player has been a key contributor since joining the Spirit, and is coming off a 2016 season in which she finished tied for second on the team with four goals.
She took to Twitter to say, “To my fans, friends, and Spirit Family – it is with an incredible amount of sadness that I inform you I tore my ACL. This team & everyone involved helps me in ways I can never fully express, so I’m most disappointed that I would be able to help our mission on the field. My heart is shattered but I know each of you will help by picking up one of the pieces and putting it back in its rightful place. And because of you, I will be whole again very soon.”
As for the Spirit falling to North Carolina on Saturday, it was a 19th minute goal by McCall Zerboni on an assist from Makenzy Doniak proved to be the difference on opening day of the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League regular season. The 1-0 loss to the players who won the NWSL championship last year, is an encouraging outcome for the Spirit who are a very different team than that which came up just short in the championship game against those players last year.
Over the offseason, the Western New York Flash, the team that won the Championship was sold and moved to North Carolina and became the North Carolina Courage. Most of the team remained intact, but the name, uniform, and location changed.