Trinity Rodman showed why she was named both the NWSL and Just Women’s Sports’ Rookie of the Year, buoying the Washington Spirit to the club’s first-ever NWSL Championship on Saturday.
After conceding a goal to the Chicago Red Stars late in the first half, the Spirit needed a switch in momentum. The team found that in Rodman, who emerged from the break with a renewed sense of energy.
Causing problems for Chicago’s backline, Rodman showed poise and patience on the ball while making dangerous runs, exploiting the seams in the Red Stars’ defense.
Trinity Rodman has been in absurd form in the second half. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/agbncfA4mf— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) November 20, 2021
Trinity Rodman has been in absurd form in the second half. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/agbncfA4mf
Rodman’s dangerous shot off the crossbar from distance in the 61st minute signified a shift in the Spirit’s mentality, mobilizing the team’s attack to a breakthrough in the 67th minute, with an Andi Sullivan penalty kick serving as the team’s equalizer.
Trinity Rodman! Imagine if that went in 😳 pic.twitter.com/INiH0bHoyA— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) November 20, 2021
Trinity Rodman! Imagine if that went in 😳 pic.twitter.com/INiH0bHoyA
It was fitting then that Rodman set up the game’s go-ahead goal, dishing a perfect cross for Kelley O’Hara to finish off at the back post to make it 2-1. The finish makes Rodman the youngest player in NWSL history to record an assist in the playoffs at 19 years old.
Picture-perfect first goal of the season from @kelleymohara 🔥#WASvCHI | @CBS | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/89ohWFr9Dl— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) November 20, 2021
Picture-perfect first goal of the season from @kelleymohara 🔥#WASvCHI | @CBS | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/89ohWFr9Dl
Rodman’s dominant title-game performance comes as no surprise to those who have been watching her breakout NWSL season. The Spirit rookie finishes the year with seven goals and seven assists, and now, a league championship trophy, as well as legions of fans eager to see her inevitably receive her first cap with the USWNT.