North Carolina Courage NC

15‑1‑5 , 7‑1‑2 Home

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Final
Wed, Jul 4

Chicago Red StarsCHI

7‑4‑9 , 3‑1‑5 Away

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Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 5,295

Courage get win No. 12, 4-1 over the Red Stars

The Courage are now 12-1-3

North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn has seven goals this season. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

The North Carolina Courage won their 12th game of the season on Wednesday night, 4-1 over the Chicago Red Stars at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Courage are now 12-1-3 on the season, well in first place with 39 points — 16 points clear of their nearest competitor. They have outscored their opponents 35-14 this season. Since their first and only loss of the season to Utah Royals FC on June 16, they are 3-0 and have won those games by a margin of 11-2, all against teams in the top four playoff spots.

The loss drops the Red Stars to 5-4-7 and 22 points. They still sit in the fourth playoff spot, one game ahead of Utah Royals FC who have played two less games than the Red Stars.

Crystal Dunn opened the scoring for the Courage in the 20th minute with her seventh goal of the season. Jessica McDonald won the ball at midfield and passed to Dunn, running at the Red Stars backline with Debinha to her left and Lynn Williams to her right. With two defenders on her, Dunn took the shot herself and beat Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to make it 1-0.

Dunn is now tied with Sinclair for the league-lead in scoring. The assist for McDonald was her fourth of the season, tied for second in the league.

The goal from Dunn came just minutes after the the Red Stars had an early chance to take the lead, but were denied by Denise O’Sullivan in the 17th minute. On a Danielle Colaprico corner kick, Morgan Brian took a header shot on frame. O’Sullivan rose up to head it off the line and then won the follow-up header as well.

The game went into halftime 1-0, but the Courage scored three times in the second half.

In the 67th minute, Williams scored, getting on the end of a low cross into the box from defender Merritt Mathias, turning and sending a right-footed shot past Naeher to make it 2-0. It’s Williams’ fifth goal of the season, tied for fourth in the league.

Then Debinha made it 3-0 in the 69th minute. Sam Mewis subbed in for Dunn in the 68th minute, and made an immediate impact with a long through ball that found Debinha running into the box in between two defenders. Naeher came off her line, but Debinha knocked it into the back of the net.

In the 87th minute, Kristen Hamilton made it 4-0, finishing off a cross from Williams after the forward collected a bouncing ball in the box. It’s Williams’ fourth assist of the season.

New Red Stars defender Brooke Elby was injured on the play after colliding with Naeher as they both attempted to make a play on the ball. Naeher inadvertently hit Elby in the face when she came off her line. It was Elby’s first start for the Red Stars, playing at right back.

The Red Stars came out in a 4-4-2, packing the midfield vs. North Carolina’s usual 4-4-2. Danielle Colaprico, Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz and Vanessa DiBernardo underneath Rosie White and Sam Kerr at forward. It’s the first start of the year for Brian and Ertz’s return to midfield for the first time since the trades that sent away Sofia Huerta, Taylor Comeau and Sam JohnsonBrian played 68 minutes in her second game since rejoining the Red Stars and finished with 60 total touches, 45 pass attempts (80% accuracy), one shot on goal and one chance created.

Yuki Nagasato converted a penalty kick in the game’s final moments to put the Red Stars on the scoreboard. Abby Dahlkemper was called for a foul on Ertz in the box to set up the penalty.

Nagasato entered a substitute in the 60th minute.

The Red Stars appeared to get a goal in the 77th minute when Kerr finished off a Colaprico cross, but Kerr was ruled offside on the play, though she appeared to be even with her defender. Kerr finished the game with six shots and one on target. She had a great chance to get the game’s first goal in the 16th minute, but her shot in the crossbar.

The Courage’s newest addition, midfielder Heather O’Reilly, made her debut in the75th minute, subbing in for Debinha. She had a good cross into the box in the 85th minute, but it was headed clear by Red Stars midfielder Nikki Stanton.

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni went down in the 50th minute with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. After a collision with Debinha, Zerboni had to be looked at by the trainer and left the field for several minutes, but she did return and once again played the full 90 minutes. It was also the same leg that she took a hard knock to in the first half when Ertz was issued a yellow card for a hard foul on Zerboni.

Mewis and Jaelene Hinkle returned to the field after missing last weekend’s win over Orlando due to injury. Hinkle played all 90 minutes and Mewis played the final 22 minutes of the match.

Wednesday night’s game was originally scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. ET, but was delayed for an hour and 50 minutes because of lightning in the area.

The Courage get the weekend off and will next be in action at home on July 11 vs. the Spirit. The Red Stars continue their stretch of three games on Saturday when they visit Sky Blue FC.

 

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
10

Debinha

Midfielder
  75'   69'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
19

Crystal Dunn

Midfielder
  68'   20'
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  79'
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
  67'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
  79'   87'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
5

Samantha Mewis

Substitute
  68'
17

Heather O'Reilly

Substitute
  75'
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Chicago Red Stars

1

Alyssa Naeher

Goalkeeper
3

Arin Gilliland

Defender
14

Sarah Gorden

Defender
5

Kathleen Naughton

Defender
23

Brooke Elby

Defender
24

Danielle Colaprico

Midfielder
13

Morgan Brian

Midfielder
  68'
8

Julie Ertz

Midfielder
  32'
10

Vanessa DiBernardo

Midfielder
  74'
20

Sam Kerr

Striker
22

Rosie White

Striker
  60'

substitutes

21

Emily Boyd

Substitute
19

Summer Green

Substitute
  74'
4

Alyssa Mautz

Substitute
12

Yuki Nagasato

Substitute
  60'   90 + 3'
6

Casey Short

Substitute
2

Nikki Stanton

Substitute
  68'
15

Michele Vasconcelos

Substitute

manager

 

Rory Dames

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 4, Chicago Red Stars 1.

90'+3'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 4, Chicago Red Stars 1.

90'+3'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 4, Chicago Red Stars 1. Yuki Nagasato (Chicago Red Stars) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

90'+2'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Chicago Red Stars. Yuki Nagasato draws a foul in the penalty area.

90'+2'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage) after a foul in the penalty area.

90'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88'

START DELAY

Delay in match Brooke Elby (Chicago Red Stars) because of an injury.

87'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 4, Chicago Red Stars 0. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

84'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lynn Williams with a cross.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars).

84'

FREE KICK WON

Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

81'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Chicago Red Stars. Danielle Colaprico tries a through ball, but Samantha Kerr is caught offside.

81'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

79'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Jessica McDonald.

79'

FREE KICK WON

Summer Green (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

77'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Chicago Red Stars. Danielle Colaprico tries a through ball, but Samantha Kerr is caught offside.

75'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Heather O'Reilly replaces Debinha.

74'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Summer Green replaces Vanessa Di Bernardo.

74'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Merritt Mathias tries a through ball, but Lynn Williams is caught offside.

73'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Yuki Nagasato (Chicago Red Stars).

73'

FREE KICK WON

Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danielle Colaprico following a set piece situation.

72'

FREE KICK WON

Yuki Nagasato (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

71'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan with a cross.

69'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 3, Chicago Red Stars 0. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a through ball.

68'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis replaces Crystal Dunn.

68'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Nikki Stanton replaces Morgan Brian.

67'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Chicago Red Stars 0. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

67'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

67'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65'

MISS

Attempt missed. Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Danielle Colaprico.

62'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Brian.

60'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Yuki Nagasato replaces Rosie White.

58'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Sarah Gorden.

55'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brooke Elby with a cross.

54'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

52'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lynn Williams with a cross.

51'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50'

START DELAY

Delay in match McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

49'

FREE KICK WON

Debinha (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars).

46'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 0.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 0.

45'+1'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Debinha with a cross following a corner.

45'+1'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Arin Gilliland.

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

39'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars).

38'

FREE KICK WON

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Denise O'Sullivan tries a through ball, but Crystal Dunn is caught offside.

36'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Merritt Mathias.

36'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by McCall Zerboni with a cross.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars).

35'

FREE KICK WON

McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32'

YELLOW CARD

Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars).

31'

FREE KICK WON

McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars).

31'

FREE KICK WON

Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30'

FREE KICK WON

Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage).

26'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25'

START DELAY

Delay in match Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars) because of an injury.

22'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Crystal Dunn tries a through ball, but Lynn Williams is caught offside.

20'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 0. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

20'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

17'

FREE KICK WON

Brooke Elby (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

17'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danielle Colaprico with a cross.

16'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

16'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rosie White with a through ball.

15'

MISS

Attempt missed. Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

11'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

10'

MISS

Attempt missed. Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

10'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danielle Colaprico.

10'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Crystal Dunn tries a through ball, but Lynn Williams is caught offside.

9'

POST

Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Julie Ertz with a through ball.

8'

FREE KICK WON

Debinha (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Brooke Elby (Chicago Red Stars).

8'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Danielle Colaprico.

7'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Brooke Elby (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

6'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

6'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arin Gilliland.

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Debinha with a through ball.

5'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a cross.

2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Samantha Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Julie Ertz.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
60
Yuki Nagasato 12
Rosie White 22
68
Samantha Mewis 5
Crystal Dunn 19
68
Nikki Stanton 2
Morgan Brian
74
Summer Green 19
Vanessa DiBernardo 10
75
Heather O'Reilly 17
Debinha 10
79
Kristen Hamilton 23
Jessica McDonald 14
20
goal

Crystal Dunn 19

Assisted by: Jessica McDonald 14

67
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Merritt Mathias 11

69
goal

Debinha 10

Assisted by: Samantha Mewis 5

87
goal

Kristen Hamilton 23

Assisted by: Lynn Williams 9

90 +3
goal

Yuki Nagasato 12

Penalty Kick

32
yellow card

Julie Ertz 8

CHI

Goals & Assists

20′ North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn
Assisted by: Jessica McDonald
67′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Merritt Mathias
69′ North Carolina Courage
Debinha
Assisted by: Samantha Mewis
87′ North Carolina Courage
Kristen Hamilton
Assisted by: Lynn Williams
90 + 3′ Chicago Red Stars
Yuki Nagasato
Penalty kick

Disciplinary

32′ Chicago Red Stars
Julie Ertz

Substitutions

60′ Chicago Red Stars
  Yuki Nagasato
  Rosie White
68′ North Carolina Courage
  Samantha Mewis
  Crystal Dunn
68′ Chicago Red Stars
  Nikki Stanton
  Morgan Brian
74′ Chicago Red Stars
  Summer Green
  Vanessa DiBernardo
75′ North Carolina Courage
  Heather O'Reilly
  Debinha
79′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Jessica McDonald


NC

Match Statistics


CHI

21
Shots
16
7
Shots On Goal
4
7
Shots Blocked
6
2
Corners
2
29
Crosses
8
4
Offsides
2
8
Fouls
8
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
361
Total Passes
400
73.4%
Passing Accuracy
72.0%
48.9%
Possession
51.1%
42
Duels Won
51
10
Tackles Won
12
2
Saves
3
17
Clearances
37

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 M Debinha 75 1 0 4 1 1 0 0 2
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
19 M Crystal Dunn 68 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 79 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
9 F Lynn Williams 90 1 1 6 2 0 3 2 1
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 11 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
21 S Darian Jenkins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 S Kaleigh Kurtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 S Samantha Mewis 22 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
17 S Heather O'Reilly 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 1 16 2 1 0 0 1
3 D Arin Gilliland 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 D Sarah Gorden 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D Kathleen Naughton 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 D Brooke Elby 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
24 M Danielle Colaprico 90 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 1
13 M Morgan Brian 68 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
8 M Julie Ertz 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
10 M Vanessa DiBernardo 74 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0
20 F Sam Kerr 90 0 0 7 1 0 2 1 2
22 F Rosie White 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 S Emily Boyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Summer Green 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
4 S Alyssa Mautz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Yuki Nagasato 30 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
6 S Casey Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S Nikki Stanton 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Michele Vasconcelos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Alyssa Naeher 90 4 21 3 0 0 0 0

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