Hatch scores on penalty kick, Spirit beat Angel City 1-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ashley Hatch converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the Washington Spirit a 1-0 victory over Angel City in the National Women's Soccer League on Saturday night.

The Spirit are the lone undefeated team in the league, with four wins and three draws — the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in team history. Washington won three games all of last season.

Angel City's Mary Alice Vignola had a handball in the box that was confirmed by a lengthy video review. Hatch buried the penalty for her league-leading fifth goal.

“We had a lot of good energy coming into this game and I'm just super proud of my team,” Hatch said. “This is a hard environment to play in, but we did the job and we're going home with three points.”

The Spirit are playing their first season under coach Mark Parsons.

Angel City (2-3-2) has lost two of four.

Attendance at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles was announced at 17,427.


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