Washington Spirit and the Chicago Red Stars gathered at Lynn Family Stadium for the 2021 NWSL Championship match, where both sides looked to take home their first NWSL Championship title.
It ended an historic season for Washington Spirit after enduring a difficult season of hardship for the team in their coaching staff, ownership, and additional off-the-field struggles.
The Spirit triumph as they clinched a late goal to make the ultimate comeback and secured a well-deserved 2-1 win over Red Stars.
In the first half, the Spirit were quick in their attack as rookie forward Trinity Rodman became a challenge for the Red Stars defense as they tried to eliminate her opportunities on goal.
Rachel Hill opened the scoring late in the first half through back-post header off a cross from Wright in the fifth minute of stoppage time for the Red Stars 1-0 lead that they took into halftime.
With the Spirit on edge to score, Rodman found an attacking opportunity as the 19-year-old forward drew a long shot from above the box. The forceful shot was a threat to Chicago’s clean sheet as the ball hit the post.
Relentless pressure from the Spirit eventually resulted in Andi Sullivan’s penalty leveling things up, she delivered a successful shot that went under the hands of Red Stars’ keeper Cassie Miller.
The regular time ended with nothing to separate the two sides, the match was set to go into overtime with two-15 minute periods of playing time.
Rodman chipped a ball to the opposite side of the pitch where Kelley O’Hara was at the top of the six-yard line and headed a ball in mid-air to score the leading goal for the Spirit, enough to lift the Championship.