Spirit Draw Reign FC in Dramatic Match at Audi Field
Washington, D.C. - In the club's second game at Audi Field in 2019, the Washington Spirit earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Reign FC on Saturday night. A crowd of 17,418, the second-largest in Spirit history after last month's Audi Field match, packed the southwest D.C. venue as Washington split its season series with Reign and remained in the hunt for the NWSL playoffs.
The Spirit opened the scoring in the 30th minute as forward Ashley Hatch scored her second Audi Field header goal of the season. Mallory Pugh sent a cross into the box that Hatch somehow managed to redirect despite moving away from the goal and not directly facing her target.
Bethany Balcer equalized for Reign FC in the 35th minute and the game remained even deep into the second half. As the 90-minute mark approached, the Spirit sent Audi Field into a frenzy as midfielder Chloe Logarzo picked out the top right corner for a go-ahead goal.
Ifeoma Onumonu cut the celebrations short with a goal for Reign in the second minute of stoppage time to complete the game's dramatic finish. The Spirit and Reign tied all three of their meetings this year, making this Washington's first-ever unbeaten season against Reign FC.
The southwest D.C. crowd got to witness three stars from the U.S. women's national team take the field on Saturday. Pugh played all 90 minutes for the Spirit and was a key piece in Washington's attack, including her assist on the opening goal. Midfielder Allie Long played 60 minutes for Reign FC and World Cup Golden Ball winner Megan Rapinoe played the entire second half for the visitors.
The Spirit's playoff push will continue next weekend on the road at the Chicago Red Stars. Washington held steady in sixth place with Saturday's result, and has four games remaining to break into the NWSL's top four. Kickoff at Chicago is set for 8 p.m. ET next Saturday and D.C. area fans can catch the match on Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington.
-NWSL Match Report-
Match: Washington Spirit vs Reign FC
Date: September 14, 2019
Venue: Audi Field
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, upper 70s
Goals 1 2 F
Washington 1 1 2
Reign 1 1 2
WAS - Hatch 30'
RGN - Balcer 35'
WAS - Logarzo 90'
RGN - Onumonu 90+2'
WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Paige Nielsen; 3-Sam Staab; 23-Tori Huster; 5-Megan Crosson (84' 7-Amy Harrison); 12-Andi Sullivan (c); 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard; 11-Mallory Pugh; 33-Ashley Hatch; 4-Jordan DiBiasi (64' 6-Chloe Logarzo); 31-Crystal Thomas (59' 20-Cheyna Matthews)
Unused Substitutes: 17-Cali Farquharson; 2-Arielle Ship; 30-Shae Yanez; 13-Bayley Feist
RGN (4-3-3): 26-Casey Murphy; 8-Theresa Nielsen; 7-Stephanie Catley; 4-Megan Oyster; 19-Kristen McNabb; 31-Rosie White (46' 15-Megan Rapinoe); 6-Allie Long (60' 12-Morgan Andrews); 17-Beverly Yanez (c); 9-Jodie Taylor; 11-Darian Jenkins (70' 25-Ifeoma Onumonu); 24-Bethany Balcer
Unused Substitutes: 14-Morgan Proffitt; 13-Celia Jiménez; 5-Rebecca Quinn; 28-Sammy Jo Prudhomme
Stats Summary: WAS / RGN
Shots: 12 / 14
Shots on Target: 4 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Blocked Shots: 2 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 10
Offside: 1 / 3
RGN - Kristen McNabb 90+7' - Yellow Card
Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant Referee 1: Kali Smith
Assistant Referee 2: Rachel Smith
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
• Discuss this story on the National Women's Soccer League message board...
National Women's Soccer League Stories from September 14, 2019
- Heather O'Reilly Scores One of Six Goals in NC Courage Match Celebrating Her Career - North Carolina Courage
- Spirit Draw Reign FC in Dramatic Match at Audi Field - Washington Spirit
- Onumonu's Stoppage-Time Goal Earns Road Draw with Washington - OL Reign
- Orlando Pride Fall to Defending Champions on Saturday Night - Orlando Pride
- Houston Dash to Make History as They Visit Tigres Femenil in Monterrey - Houston Dash
- Know Your Opponent | North Carolina Courage - Orlando Pride
- Match Preview: Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field - Sky Blue FC
- Storylines | Pride vs. North Carolina Courage - Orlando Pride
- Utah Royals FC Unbeaten Streak Ends at Five in 2-1 Loss in Houston - Utah Royals FC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Washington Spirit Stories
- Washington Spirit to Host Empower You, An Innovative Two-Part Virtual Series on December 3 and December 10
- Spirit Goalkeeping Coach Ian McCaldon Departs for FA WSL Side Everton FC
- Bledsoe and Hatch Called up to USWNT Camp to be Held in the Netherlands
- Katie Lund and Katie McClure Selected by Racing Louisville FC in 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft
- Washington Spirit Announce Protected and Unprotected Lists Ahead of 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft