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Pugh Named NWSL Player of the Week After Spirit Wins Home Opener

Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 2 of the 2018 season.

Pugh, 19, scored the game-winning goal and was instrumental in creating the second to lead the Spirit to 2-0 home victory, their first of the season, over the Orlando Pride at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native ran onto a header from Ashley Hatch near midfield and proceeded to drive at the Pride defense. At the top of the box, Pugh cut to the outside creating an angle for herself and calmly slotted it past Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris for a 1-0 advantage in the 80th minute.

That set the stage for Pugh to return the favor in the 88th minute as her centering pass from the end line forced a defensive miscue by Pride and the ball fell fortuitous