The Washngton Spirit continued their push to the playoffs on Friday night with a 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride, and after Portland's loss to Seattle on Saturday, the Spirit are six points clear of the second place Portland Thorns at the top of the NWSL table. On the strength of a 37th minute goal by Cheyna Williams (left) and a 57th minute score by Christine Nairn, her third in the last two games, the Spirit earned a second consecutive road victory. The Spirit now sport an 11-3-2 record with four games remaining in their regular season, the next two of them at home.
Their final Saturday night game comes on September 3 against the fourth-place Western New York Flash. Just four nights later, their final home contest of the regular season will be on Wednesday, September 7 against the fifth-place Seattle Reign, still in the hunt for a playoff berth but needing some wins and some help at the end of the season. The Spirit then go on the road again for their final two matches of the regular season against Seattle and the third-place Chicago Red Stars.
The first-place Spirit are just short of a lock to make the post season playoffs again this year for the third successive season with a home game on either September 30 or October 1 should they finish the regular season in first or second place. The NWSL Championship game will be played in Houston on Sunday, October 9.
The Spirit thank BRYC for their support this season and hope to see BRYC families at one of the two final home games and in the likely home playoff game, perhaps the Spirit's best chance ever of making it to the NWSL Chammpionship contest.