With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.
NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.
Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.
The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.
SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage
Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD
When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington
- The USWNT star you need to know: Wilma Jean Wrinkles
The Washington Spirit will make their way to Houston in hopes to secure three points against the Houston Dash on Wednesday night.
The Spirit are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars, dropping them to 7W-8L-5D.
For the first time in quite a while, both midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Mallory Pugh took the field against the Red Stars. Lavelle returned to the lineup after suffering a head injury a few months ago and played 45 minutes in her first game since August 17.
During the 80th minute, Pugh scored her first goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to take the lead over the Dash.
Wednesday nights game will be Washington’s first time as a part of the NWSL’s new broadcast deal with ESPN.
Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
SPIRIT-DASH GAME: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash
Where: BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX
When: Wednesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
- The real superstar: Wilma Jean Wrinkles