The Washngton Spirit climbed into a tie with Portland at the top of the NWSL table on Saturday with a 3-2 road win against FC Kansas City. The Spirit's first goal came in extra time of the first half when Christine Nairn lofted a free kick into the box, which was settled by Estfania Banini (left) who scored her first goal of the game. Nairn came back with another corner kick in the 58th minute which caromed around the box as three or four Spirit players took shots before Joanne Lohman finally found the back of the net. FC KC came back within one goal in the 69th minute but in the 82nd minute Banini fired from distance into the top corner of the net, a goal that effectively put the game out of KC's reach. Meanwhile, the Portland Thorns suffered a surprising loss to Houston, putting the two teams together with 26 points, but the Spirit have played two fewer games at this point in the seaason.
The Spirit's next game is on the road against Sky Blue FC. The next home contest will be a return match against Sky Blue on Saturday, July 30, after which they go on the road for two away matches in August before returning for their final two home games of the season in early September. As a "thank-you" to BRYC for our support this season, the Spirit are offering BRYC families a $5 discount off the regular purchase price of individual tickets, grandstand or reserved seating, for the match on July 30. Simply go to this special Spirit ticket site and enter the discount bode "BRYC-JULY" before checkout to have the discount subtracted from your purchase price. Catch the Spirit!.