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Angel City Football Club Defeats Reigning NWSL Champion Washington Spirit; Secures First-Ever Road Win

Charley Scores for Angel City FC in Loss to OL Reign

May 15, 2022 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Angel City FC News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Angel City Football Club (ACFC) beat the reigning NWSL champion Washington Spirit 1-0 on the road today, following a 42nd-minute goal by forward Christen Press.

The game was back and forth for much of the first half, with both teams defending well and limiting the other side’s chances. The first good chance for either team came in the 16th minute, when Washington forward Trinity Rodman beat defender Tyler Lussi to the right of the penalty area, dribbled to the endline, and sent a low, driven ball across the face of goal, though no Spirit players were able to reach the ball in time. Washington had another look in the 19th minute, a close-range header by Rodman that keeper DiDi Haračić saved.

The Spirit continued to push for the next 10 minutes, forcing Angel City to absorb pressure, which they did well. A 30th-minute hydration break gave the team an opportunity to reassess the game, and coming back after the break, wingers Press and Jun Endo switched sides, with Press now on the left.

That change would prove fruitful, as Press notched the game’s only goal from that side in the 42nd minute. After muscling past Morgan Goff on the inside, she charged forward, took a touch, and sent a cleverly struck right-footed shot curving around defender Emily Sonnett and past keeper Aubrey Kingsbury, who dove but couldn’t reach the ball.

A couple half-chances by the visitors and a shot from the top of the 18 by Washington midfielder Anna Heilferty- which Haračić did well to save- closed out the half.

To start the second half, forward Simone Charley subbed out for midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan, marking her NWSL debut following her signing in April.

Angel City had another good chance in the 55th minute, when defender Jasmyne Spencer sent a pass up the right wing for midfielder Savannah McCaskill. McCaskill sprinted onto the ball and struck an arching shot toward the far post from…

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