On Saturday night, the Washington Spirit returned home to take on the Houston Dash. The Spirit once again separated themselves into first place with a point from a 0-0 draw. Aubrey Bledsoe picked up her fifth shutout in the draw as the team extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
Defense comes up big in shutout
The Spirit were forced to make two changes along the backline last night as McKenzie Berryhill came in for Paige Nielsen at center back and Dorian Bailey at left back for Tegan McGrady. Nielsen was out with an excused absence while McGrady was out with a thigh injury. Both played well and the whole back line kept the Dash attack at bay. Berryhill and Bailey, alongside back line regulars in Sam Staab and Tori Huster, did not allow a shot on target. They will have their hands full next week when North Carolina comes to town.
Spirit honor Joanna Lohman with halftime ceremony
For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Spirit have retired a player’s number. Joanna Lohman, who retired just before the start of the 2019 season, had her number 15 retired on Saturday night. The Spirit honored her at halftime with a video message from the front office and owner Bill Lynch also spoke. After the game, a video message from the team was played just after the final whistle. Lohman will now work with the team in an ambassador role.
Unbeaten streak extended to seven games
Saturday night, the Washington Spirit extended their unbeaten run to seven games. In that time, they have four wins and four shutouts. While last night wasn’t their best performance, the 0-0 shutout was enough to keep things going for the league leading Spirit. Houston sat very deep throughout the game and made it very difficult for the Spirit to get anything going offensively. Ashley Hatch had the best chance of the game in the second half but her header went just wide of the post. If the Spirit are going to keep the streak alive, they will have to start putting it in the back of the net, especially against North Carolina next week.
The Washington Spirit will continue their homestand as they welcome North Carolina to town next weekend. The Spirit will host Teacher Appreciation Night on June 29 and kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.