The Washington Spirit earned their first win of the 2020 NWSL Fall Series on Saturday afternoon, as they downed the visiting Chicago Red Stars 2-1 on an overcast day at Segra Field.
The game was a tight affair throughout and the Spirit went into halftime down 1-0. It wasn’t until the game’s 70th minute when the Spirit first struck when Bayley Feist took a cross from Dorian Bailey and buried it into the left hand corner for the net to tie the game at one. Then three minutes into extra time rookie Jessie Scarpa scored her first career goal when she took a cross from Crystal Thomas and put it past Chicago keeper Alyssa Naeher.
Spirit keeper Aubrey Bledsoe had a strong game punctuated by a huge save off a shot from Red Stars forward Dani Rhodes in the 86 minute, a save which Spirit head coach Richie Burke called “the single most significant moment in the game. If that one goes in at that time of the match it’s very difficult for us to get back into the match and pick ourselves off the floor.” Burke went on say, “there’s not many goal keepers in the world that make that save. To say that’s a world-class save is an understatement.”
The Spirit pick up the Fall Series on Saturday September 26th as they once again take on the Red Stars, this time at Seat Geek Stadium.