By Rachael Ugiagbe

Super Falcons strikers Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi were in action for Washington Spirit as they triumph over Chicago Red Stars, 2-1 in the National Women’s Soccer League, thanks to a stoppage goal from striker Crystal Dunn.


Spirit took an early lead through Megan Oyster, who headed the ball into the net from a well taken corner-kick by midfielder Christine Naim in the 3rd minute.

Francisca was a handful, as she and Dunn continually pressured the Chicago backline and had several opportunities on goal, but failed to convert them.

The hosts Chicago also produced several scoring opportunities as both teams battled for control in the remaining minutes of the first half.

In the 70th minute, Francisca Ordega was replaced by her compatriot Ngozi Okobi, who also had her fair share of the keenly contested match, whilst Josephine Chukwunonye sat on the bench during the entire match.

Chicago drew level in the 82nd minute after substitute Melissa Tancredi beat goalkeeper Kesley Wys with a glancing header.

Cyrstal Dunn took the visitors by surprise netting a dramatic winner in the stoppage time of the game, driving her way pass Chicago defenders before firing home a bouncing ball to give Spirit a crucial away victory.

In Sweden, Faith Ikidi was at her best in the heart of the defence for Pitea IF in their huge home win, 4-0 over Goteborg FC in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.

Faith Ikidi played the entire match as Pitea IF cruised to the victory which leaves the team on the fourth position on the league table with 24 points after 13 matches.

Elsewhere, Rita Chikwelu was on the losing side as Umea IK lost 2-1 to visitors Eskilstuna United, with Chikwelu playing the entire game.

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