Freedom Capture Division Title
The Washington Freedom completed an impressive regular season and took a huge step in defending its W-League Championship over the weekend. With two road games to end the season, and finishing up a grueling 5 games in 8 days, the Freedom were fortunate to only need a point from two games to secure the Northeast division title and a bye into the Eastern Conference finals.
The Freedom visited the Boston Renegades at Bowditch field on Saturday night and aimed to avenge their only loss of the season. The Renegades needed a win in order to keep their division title hopes alive. Both teams showed no signs of playing conservative and created good scoring opportunities. The Freedom managed to do so with their possession and the Renegades chose to counter and play more direct. The Renegades had more clear chances and forced Chante Sandiford to make 5 saves in the first half. The Freedom's best chances fell to Jenn Parsons and Sarah Huffman. Parsons' volley hit the outside of the post, and Huffman could not get a shot off after finding herself open in front of the Renegade goal. The Freedom found more rhythm in the second half and Christie Welsh had three great chances to put the Freedom in the lead. But it was the Renegades who in the 72nd minute went ahead 1-0. Luckner's perfect serve, a well-timed run by Ashley Pistorious, and a header past a charging Sandiford gave the Renegades the margin they were hoping for. However, the Freedom showed great character and immediately went back into the attack. Sarah Huffman threaded a ball through the Renegade defense to Ali Andrzejewski, who with her first touch put herself in the penalty area and bent a right-footed shot past Meghan Burke into the side netting to put the Freedom back on level terms. With the Renegades fighting for a win they needed to put the Freedom under high pressure, but the Freedom used some possession and timely defense to hold on for the tie and win the division title. Over 50 Freedom fans were in the crowd, and they energized and supported the team throughout the match to bolster the result.
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