Spirit and Pride Secure Victories in NWSL Action

Spirit and Pride Secure Victories in NWSL Action

The Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride emerged victorious in their respective National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) matches on Friday night.

Washington Spirit Triumph Over Houston Dash

The Spirit overcame an early deficit to secure a 3-1 victory against the Houston Dash. Natalie Jacobs gave the Dash a lightning-fast lead just 59 seconds into the match, marking the fastest goal in Houston's history. However, the Spirit rallied in the second half, with Hal Hershfelt equalizing in the 52nd minute. Brittany Ratcliffe then put the Spirit ahead with a stunning long-range strike in the 82nd minute. Croix Bethune sealed the victory two minutes later, securing the Spirit's third consecutive win.

Orlando Pride Edge Out Utah Royals

In Orlando, the Pride claimed their first victory of the season with a 1-0 triumph over the expansion Utah Royals. Marta, the legendary Brazilian forward, came off the bench in the second half and netted the game-winning goal in the 68th minute. The Pride, who had previously drawn three consecutive matches, remain undefeated this season.

Key Details:

* The Spirit's victory marked their first three-match winning streak since 2021.

* It was also just their fourth road win since the start of the 2022 season.

* Andi Sullivan, a regular on the U.S. national team, played in her 100th NWSL regular-season match for the Spirit.

* Marta's goal was her first for the Pride since returning from international duty with Brazil.

* The Pride's victory was their second time in franchise history remaining undefeated through their first four matches.

Tags: #NWSL, #WashingtonSpirit, #HoustonDash, #OrlandoPride, #UtahRoyals

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