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Ship named Player of the Week, Franch and Huerta earn plays of the Week

Washington Spirit rookie Arielle Ship earned a lot of firsts in Week 15 play of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Ship was named NWSL Player of the Week for scoring one goal and notching two assists in a 4-1 win over Sky Blue FC on Friday. The goal and assists were Ships first points of her professional career and she helped the Spirit win their first comeback victory of the season.

The 22-year-old Cal graduate was originally drafted as the No. 26 pick by the Seattle Reign but then was traded two weeks later to Washington. She’s the first player from the 2017 Draft to earn Player of the Week honors.

Goal of the Week: Sofia Huerta

Chicago Red Star Sofia Huerta’s goal against the Orlando Pride on Saturday was absolutely beautiful.

It all began in the 53rd minute, when a nifty Jen Hoy from the Chicago Red Stars cut past her defender at the top of the box. Hoy passed it to Huerta out right, who settled the pass and knocked it with her left foot to send a banked shot into the upper left 90. It was impossible for the goalkeeper to touch.

Well earned Huerta (and props to you Hoy).

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Save of the Week: Adrianna Franch

Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (aka ADizzle) takes home this award with a low dive save against the Houston Dash. Caity Heap from the Dash tried to launch one from outside the box, but Franch saw it early and was ready to hit the ground in time for the block.

Today, the Washington Spirit play the Orlando Pride at 7:30 p.m. And this weekend, the Chicago Red Stars will take on the Portland Thorns on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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