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Three thoughts on the Washington Spirit’s Challenge Cup opener against the North Carolina Courage

The Washington Spirit started 2021 off with a really difficult assignment, going on the road to face the North Carolina Courage without several key players. The 3-2 loss they got in the end wasn’t the best path to going to the Challenge Cup final or the best way to begin the year, but there were some important lessons and new things to consider.

Let’s get into three important points:

Feist’s injury is a big deal

The Spirit announced just hours before kickoff that Bayley Feist’s injury a couple of weeks ago in their preseason finale was actually a torn ACL, a heavy blow given her growing stature within the squad.