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September 24, 2023

NWSL: Controversial VAR Call Keeps Spirit Streak Alive

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The Washington Spirit remains undefeated after defeating Angel City 1-0 in stoppage time last weekend.

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The goal came after Angel City FC’s (ACFC) M.A. Vignola was called for a handball in the box, and Ashley Hatch stepped up to score the penalty.

The goal was reviewed using VAR (Video Assistance Referee), which the National Women’s Soccer (NWSL) implemented for the first time this season.

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“When I watched it back on the big screen, it looked like it hit the side of her,” said ACFC midfielder Dani Weatherholt.

“Super unfortunate for another VAR called to not go our way, but I think it is what it is at this point.”


Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 behind Kerr’s 68th-minute goal to win their third straight FA Cup title on Sunday.

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Kerr has appeared in three FA Cup Finals and scored five goals.

The captain celebrated the game’s lone goal with a backflip in front of a record crowd of 77,390 fans at Wembley Stadium.

“A lot of people have been asking for it. I texted my friend and said ‘backflip incoming’ today,” Kerr said after the game, referring to teammate Millie Bright.

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