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Spirit Earn First Win Since March, Lavelle Makes Spirit Debut

Ashley Hatch netted a 64th minute game-winner and Rose Lavelle made her Washington Spirit debut in a 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC on Wednesday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex. It gave the Spirit their second win of the season, and first since March 31. Washington (2-5-2, 8 pts) snapped a six-game winless streak in the home victory over Sky Blue FC (0-6-1, 1 pt), finishing off a two-game homestand.

No. 1 overall NWSL College Draft pick Andi Sullivan notched the first assist of her professional career, serving up a free kick to Hatch, who powered home a header for her second goal as a member of the Spirit.

The opportunity came after Mallory Pugh was tripped on the previous play, earning a free kick in the attacking third. Sullivan served an aerial pass just in front of the post, as Hatch out-jumped Sky Blue FC’s Janine Beckie to head the ball in.