Washington Spirit beat Chicago to go into the Championship Game
Washington Spirit 2 – 1 Chicago Red Stars
Ali Krieger 36′ (Washington Spirit)
Christen Press 81′ (Chicago Red Stars)
Francisca Ordega 111′ (Washington Spirit)
The Washington Spirit celebrated on their home field as they booked their place in the NWSL Championship Game with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in the semi-finals of the 2016 NWSL Playoffs.
The Spirit dominated the first half before finally breaking through as Ali Krieger scored when she headed in a cross from fellow defender Shelina Zadorksy in the 36th minute to hand the hosts the lead. Chicago grew in the match and the Red Stars got back on level terms in the 81st minute as Christen Press got on the end of a cross from Casey Short to get the visitors back into the match.
The Red Stars did not win a match in which they trailed during the regular season – posting an 0-5-2 record in those contests – but they were able to force extra time for the second time in the history of the NWSL Playoffs.
But Spirit forward Francisca Ordega came up with the game winning goal in the second half of extra time to lift Washington to their first playoff victory in club history.
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