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Spirit Comeback Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to North Carolina

The Washington Spirit suffered their first defeat in over two months in a 2-1 loss to the defending champion North Carolina Courage.

The Spirit played a strong first half highlighted by multiple highlight saves by Aubrey Bledsoe. Among them was a deflection over the bar following a well-hit shot from Merritt Mathias.

The Courage would break through at the end of the first half on a penalty kick in the third minute of added time at the end of the second half. Brazillian midfielder Debinia fired the ball to the left side, but Bledsoe made the initial diving save. The following rebound fell right to the feet of charging Debinha, who tucked the chance away into an empty net.