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With Sullivan out and Lavelle limited, Spirit’s progress at Challenge Cup ends early

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Richie Burke summarized the ending of the Washington Spirit’s 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup.

“Penalties don’t define a team. They don’t define a match,” the Spirit head coach said.

Penalties actually do define a match insomuch as the lasting visual from Saturday’s quarterfinal between the Spirit and Sky Blue FC will be Kailen Sheridan making a clean catch of Bayley Feist’s penalty, getting up and being stormed by her teammates.

Burke is correct, however, that managing to convert one fewer penalties is not what the Spirit should take with them as they head home earlier than they had hoped for or expected.

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