September 30, 2016
Spirit advance over Red Stars
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 2, CHICAGO RED STARS 1
BOYDS, Md. – Francisca Ordega scored in the 111th minute to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL Semi-final game at the Maryland SoccerPlex Friday.
Christine Nairn played a 1-2, opened up in the 18-yard box, and found the feet of Ordega, who was able to tap it into the back of the net in the 111th minute to take the lead.
Washington captain Ali Krieger scored off an open header from defender Shelina Zadorsky in the 36th minute to give the Spirit the first half lead.
In the 81st minute, Chicago equalized as defender Casey Short crossed a ball into the Spirit penalty area. Christen Press drifted wide for the ball and volleyed calmly into the left corner of the Washington net.
Washington will face the winner of Sunday's other semi-final between the Portland Thorns and the Western New York Flash (5pm ET Fox Sports1). The NWSL title game will be played on Sunday October 9th at 5pm ET at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
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