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Washington Spirit Can’t Stop Breaking Records – Equalizer Soccer

By meerna Jun11,2024

Trinity Rodman in a game against the Utah Royals

Photo copyright Christopher Creveling for USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, June 8, the Washington Spirit defeated the Utah Royals 1-0 in Sandy, Utah and made everything look easy.

The first part of the match was fierce, but when Spirit opened the scoring in the 26th minute, the guests dominated for the last hour. The Spirit defense did not allow a single shot on goal for Utah between the 60th and 90th minutes. This victory was made even more impressive by the fact that eight Spirit players had just returned from national team duty (seven in the United States and one Gabrielle Carle in Canada).

The Spirit, currently third in the National Women’s Soccer League standings with a 9-3-0 record, appears to be racking up wins at the moment. But beyond the club’s results, hidden achievements that are not so obvious to the average fan tell the real story of how formidable this club has become this season.

At the club level, Spirit regularly matches or sets its own records. Saturday’s victory over Utah may have seemed like a simple addition to the “win” column, but it had more significance – it set franchise records for most wins (nine) and most points (27) in 12 games. The victory was also the fourth in a row for Spirit and ends its second four-game winning streak this season. Additionally, Trinity Rodman, a phenomenal forward and United States Women’s National Team player, recently made her twelfth assist for the team, making her the Washington Spirit’s all-time regular season assist leader.

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At the league level, the Spirit are equally impressive. When Kate Weisner scored for the Spirit in the 26th minute, she scored the team’s 17th goal in the first half of the season. Scoring goals early and often was not only something that interim coach Adrian Gonzalez insisted on at the beginning of the season, but has also become the team’s calling card. With Weisner’s goal, the Spirit officially led the NWSL in first-half goals. Additionally, the Spirit has scored five goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half this season, more than any other team in the NWSL. And the first-half goals clearly paid off for the Spirit, as the team is 6-0 this season with a halftime lead.

When it comes to breaking records, Spirit newcomer Croix Bethune deserves a story of her own. Bethune, who recently became the first player in NWSL history to earn consecutive Rookie of the Month honors, recorded eight assists in 11 games. This makes her the fastest player in NWSL history to achieve this goal. On May 1, in a match against the Chicago Red Stars, Bethune became the first rookie and fifth player in NWSL history to record three assists in one match.

A new record is broken almost every game the Washington Spirit plays. This pace of achievement is remarkable for a team that was expected to spend a year rebuilding under an interim head coach who served as a break. However, Duch’s determination and Gonzalez’s talent and commitment created a team that is reaping the fruits of its labor much earlier than expected.

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