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Photo Gallery: Relive Washington Spirit’s dramatic ten-round penalty shootout win in 27 photos

Is every photo of Aubrey Kingsbury being great maybe maybe not who can say

Kings! Bury! Kings! Kings! Bury!
Kelley Piper / Black and Red United

OL Reign gave the Washington Spirit their toughest game of 2022. The NWSL Challenge Cup semifinal ended 0-0 at full-time (much to the Reign’s rightful annoyance) and went straight to penalties. Photographer Kelley Piper was on hand to capture the moments of chaos, intensity and elation for Black and Red United.

Each team made their first seven penalties, including Washington Spirit keeper Aubrey Kingsbury converting her team’s third. After a save by Reign keeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce (surely their MVP of this doubleheader), it was on Kingsbury to break their streak of seven successful penalties to keep the Spirit in it. Kingsbury not only swatted it away, two penalty rounds later she made the save to send the Spirit to the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup Final.

The Spirit will play North Carolina Courage away at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC this Saturday, May 7 at 1pm ET on Big CBS (U.S.) & Twitch (global).