Francisca Ordega scored the only goal as Washington Spirit defeated Portland Thorns 1-0 in a National Women Soccer League ( NWSL) clash on Sunday and dedicated the goal to her late Sister in a emotional post-match interview.
It was Ordega’s second goal in two successive games taking her tally to four for the season.
The Nigeria International hit the back of the net after winning the ball off Allie Long and dribbling her way past three markers, before firing home beyond the goalkeeper, Adrianna Franch.
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After the match Ordega said, ‘My sister died on the 25th of June, 2015 after the world Cup; tomorrow will be the second year she left us.
‘I told myself if I could play my best Today and score, I’d definitely dedicate the goal to her. I think the spirit and everything just kept me going so she could be proud of me. I dream of her every time and I think she motivated me a lot.
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However, the Nigerian forward limped out injured in added time, leaving her side playing with 10 women.
Ordega was a threat to the Thorns defence line and helped Spirit to a crucial third win of the season stretching their fine form to a three-match unbeaten streak.