Digest: Ordega's OT goal sends Washington Spirit to their first title game

Francisca Ordega scored in the 111th minute and the Washington Spirit advanced to the National Women's Soccer League championship game with a 2-1 semifinal victory in overtime over the visiting Chicago Red Stars on Friday night.

Ali Krieger scored on a header in the 36th minute to put the Spirit up 1-0. Christen Press scored the equalizer in the 80th minute, then nearly won it for the Red Stars with a strike that hit the crossbar in stoppage time.


The Spirit, which reached its first title game, will face the winner of Sunday's other semifinal between the Western New York Flash and the Portland Thorns.

Washington has made it to the semifinals in the past three seasons, but have never played for the NWSL title.

It was the first playoff game at the Maryland Soccerplex. The Spirit had the league's second-best home record (7-1-2) this season.

Laurel Park: Jockey Sheldon Russell, shaken up in a fall last Saturday at Laurel Park, will be sidelined indefinitely with a minor hand injury, his agent, Marty Leonard, said Friday. Russell, 29, was hurt when his mount, 8-year-old Dannhauser, broke down approaching the far turn of the $60,000 Bert Allen, a stakes race for Virgina-bred/sired horses on the Commonwealth Day program. Maryland's leading rider in 2011 and a six-time meet champion at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, Russell complained of a headache and sore hand and was transported by ambulance to the hospital where a CT scan and X-rays proved negative.

— In Arrears, a Maryland-bred Scipion gelding making his second career start, took the lead with a furlong to run and splashed home a four-length winner in the first of Friday's two featured $40,000 maiden special weight events for 2-year-olds. In the other race, Discreet Heat swept to the lead on the outside and won under jockey Eric Camacho.

Men's college soccer: No. 1 Maryland (7-0-2, 4-0-1 Big Ten Conference) earned a 4-0 win over host Northwestern (2-7-1, 1-3-1) on goals from Jake Rozhansky, Amar Sejdic, Gordon Wild and George Campbell (McDonogh).

Women's college soccer: Towson (5-7-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) ended a seven-year drought against Delaware (3-9, 2-1) with a 1-0 victory on Natalia Pinkney's goal in the 12th minute, her fourth goal of the season. Emily Marshall played in a pass between Pinkney and a pair of defenders, setting her up for the goal.

Women's college field hockey: Emma Rissinger scored in the 74th minute to lift host No. 8 Maryland (8-3, 3-1 Big Ten) to a 3-2 overtime win over No. 9 Michigan (7-3, 2-2), which led twice in the second half.

— From Sun staff and news services