Washington Spirit defeat Chicago Red Stars for first NWSL title

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Washington Spirit defeat Chicago Red Stars for first NWSL title originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Spirit won their first National Women's Soccer League Championship defeating the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in extra time.

It took a spirited comeback from Washington to secure the victory. Rachel Hill got the Red Stars on the board first, scoring a goal in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Andi Sullivan evened the score in the 67th-minute knocking in a penalty kick for Washington after Tara McKeown was fouled by Tierna Davidson.

Spirit and U.S. Women's national team defender Kelley O'Hara scored the game-winning goal in extra time on a header thanks to a beautiful cross from NWSL Rookie of the Year Trinity Rodman.

O'Hara's first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time, capping off a roller-coaster season both on and off the field for the Spirit.