FORT MYERS, Fla. – After winning a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics with Sweden, former FGCU women’s soccer player Julia Roddar (2012-14) collected another title last Saturday when she helped Washington Spirit win the championship. enemy NWSL for the first time.
The Spirit beat the Chicago Red Stars, 2-1, in extra time on Saturday in Louisville to claim the title. Roddar came on as a substitute to start the second half with Washington conceding, but she helped the Red Stars keep the net for the rest, playing the final 75 minutes, allowing Spirit to return and win.
Andi Sullivan ended the match in the 67th minuteNS minutes with a penalty before Kelley O’Hara scored his first goal of the season in 97NS minutes to let the Spirit take the lead. Roddar and the Washington defense held firmly in the final 23 minutes, securing the championship.
Roddar spent her freshman season at Wisconsin before joining the Green and Blue in 2012. During her three-year stint with the Eagles, she started all 62 games in which she appeared. , scoring 4 goals with 10 assists. FGCU won the match at ASUN 21-1-3 following Roddar’s appearance with three ASUN regular-season championships, two ASUN Tournament titles, and two NCAA Tournament berths.
Roddar became the 9th FGCU global athlete to represent Green and Blue this summer and one of two Eagles featured in this year’s games. Current FGCU swimmer Petra Halmai helped her Hungarian team win a national record in the 4×100 medley relay last month.
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