Ashley Hatch signs two-year extension with Washington Spirit

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The Washington Spirit have re-signed forward Ashley Hatch to a two-year extension, keeping the Golden Boot winner in D.C. through 2023. The deal also includes a club option for 2024.

Hatch scored 10 goals in 2021, finishing the regular season as the NWSL’s leading scorer. She added a game-winner against the North Carolina Courage in the playoffs en route to the club’s first NWSL championship.

She also added to her tally with the U.S. women’s national team this year, scoring two goals in her first two starts against Australia, including the third-fastest goal in USWNT history.

“We’re very excited to have Ashley as a part of the Spirit family,” said Spirit head coach Kris Ward. “She is an admirable player on and off the field, and is truly only at the beginning of what will continue to be a stellar career. We look forward to seeing her continued development as a part of this squad. Here’s to many more Golden Boot trophies in the future.”

Since her arrival in Washington in 2018, Hatch has led the team in goals in every regular season. In 79 total appearances with the Spirit, the forward has 23 goals.

“After the career year that Ashley had, it was only right to extend her contract,” said Spirit team president Ben Olsen. “Her work rate and ability to finish off plays was critical in our run to the cup and we are pleased she’s sticking around for a while.”

The club also signed Taylor Aylmer and Morgan Goff to contracts that run through the 2022 season.