Head coach Mike Quinn, Northwest Center’s VP of business development, gave all the credit to his players, who managed to defeat Hawaii and South Carolina in the early rounds. In the semis, Team Spirit tied the Washington Thunder 1-to-1 in the elimination round to secure the bronze. Washington Thunder went on to win gold and Maine took the silver.
Overall at the USA Games, Washington Spirit played six games in three days. The team’s 17 goals scored far outpaced the seven goals they allowed. And the team had a blast, according to Quinn: “One of my players said to me, ‘Mike, this is the most fun I have had in my entire life.’
“We competed against some really tough teams throughout the country,” Quinn says. “I’m proud of every one of my players for their efforts and how they never quit to take home the bronze.”