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Spirit Lose Arielle Ship to ACL Tear, Ahead of Wednesday's Match vs. North Carolina

One day before they face the NWSL leading North Carolina Courage at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit announced Tuesday afternoon that rookie forward Arielle Ship will miss the remainder of the NWSL season after suffering a torn right ACL in the second half of Saturday’s home game against the Chicago Red Stars.

The rookie out of the University of California - Berkeley started and played the first 67 minutes against Chicago before a collision along the sideline forced her out of the game.

“Injuries are always awful, especially ones that are generated by contact,” said Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra. “I felt like that was Ari’s best game of the season so far, so it's really disappointing and sad that she'll miss the rest of the season. We'll provide her with the support and quality medical resources to get her back as strong as ever.”

Ship appeared in 14 games, including nine starts, during her rookie season while compiling 688 total minutes. She scored a goal and recorded two assists on August 4 in a 4-1 road win over Sky Blue FC, earning her NWSL Player of the Week honors for Week 15.

Wednesday night will mark the second leg of a quick two-game homestand for the Washington Spirit, who will play host to the league-leading North Carolina Courage at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with a live stream available on go90.

Spirit rookie and U.S. international Mallory Pugh notched the first assist of her pro career against Chicago, setting up Williams’ point blank header on a long aerial pass from a free kick. The Spirit attack will look to continue its positive momentum from the second half of the game against the Red Stars as it hosts a 13-win Courage squad looking to become the first team to clinch a spot in the NWSL Playoffs.