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Digest: Washington Spirit falls to Western New York Flash on penalty kicks in NWSL championship

Digest: Washington Spirit falls to Western New York Flash on penalty kicks in NWSL championship

Deep into extra time — and deep into stoppage time of that 30-minute extra period — the Washington Spirit conceded an equalizing goal in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game Sunday.

The result of the impending penalty kick tiebreaker felt like a foregone conclusion.

And so after coming within 30 seconds of its first title, the Spirit fell to the Western New York Flash in the shootout, 3-2, following a 2-2 draw through regulation and overtime before an announced 8,255 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Crystal Dunn scored the second of her two goals in the first of the 30 extra minutes, but Lynn...

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