North Carolina Courage NC

17‑1‑6 , 9‑1‑2 Home

5
Final
Sat, Sep 8

Houston DashHOU

9‑10‑5 , 4‑7‑1 Away

0

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 9,505

Courage get win No. 17, complete record-setting regular season

The Courage set the records for most wins, most points, most goals scored, fewest goals allowed

The Courage are 17-1-6 after a 5-0 win over the Houston Dash to finish off the regular season. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

The Courage closed out the 2018 NWSL regular season in record-breaking fashion, dominating the Houston Dash 5-0 for their 17th win of the season. They improved to 17-1-6 (57 points) with the win, which came in front of a home crowd of 9,505 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Next up, a semifinal meeting with the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday in North Carolina.

The Courage broke a number of NWSL records with the win over the Dash on Saturday night:

Most wins: 17

Most points: 57

Fewest losses: 1

Most goals scored: 53

Fewest goals allowed: 17

Lowest goals against average: .71

Largest goal differential: +36

The Courage wasted no time getting to work on setting the records. Jessica McDonald opened the scoring in the 13th minute, taking a pass from Abby Erceg, cutting around Dash defender Amber Brooks and then flicking it past goalkeeper Jane Campbell with the outside of her right foot.

Crystal Dunn doubled the lead in the 25th minute. The right post denied Lynn Williams’ shot, and then the left post denied Dunn’s shot off the rebound, but Dunn got one more chance and knocked it in for her eighth goal of the season, and first since July 4. Dunn’s goal tied the NWSL team record of 50 in a season.

The Courage kept pressing, and broke the record in the 44th minute on an assist from her strike partner, McDonald.

The second half went the way of the first, with the Courage scoring in the 57th minute to make it 4-0. Debinha found McDonald out wide with a spinning, backheel pass. McDonald crossed into the box and Williams slid to finish it off with her left foot. Williams finished the season with 14 goals and 5 assists, second-best in the NWSL.

McDonald’s two assists moved her into first place in the league with eight on the year, to go along with her seven goals.

Kristen Hamilton subbed on in the 67th minute and made it 5-0 in the 70th minute with her third goal of the season. Her score was the 53rd and final goal of the regular season for the Courage.

The Courage took the field without midfielder McCall Zerboni, who will miss the rest of the season with a left elbow fracture suffered on Tuesday night while with the U.S. women’s national team.

The 5-0 win is the 11th clean sheet of the season for the Courage, just one shy of tying their own record of 12 set last season. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made four saves in the match for her seventh clean sheet of the year. Erceg and Rowland each made key plays defensively to keep the shutout going. In the ninth minute, Erceg made a sliding tackle in the box to shut down an attack from Sofia Huerta.

And then in the 74th minute, Rowland pushed a floating shot from Nichelle Prince over the crossbar.

The Courage final regular season record is 17-1-6, with the only loss coming at home to Utah Royals FC on June 16 thanks to Brittany Ratcliffe‘s late stunner. They finished the season on an 11-game unbeaten streak, going 8-0-3 since the loss to Utah.

The loss dropped the Dash to 9-10-5 with 32 points, but the nine wins and 32 points are franchise bests.

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
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  67'
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
19

Crystal Dunn

Midfielder
  78'   26'
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
  67'   44', 57'
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  13'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
  67'   70'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
17

Heather O'Reilly

Substitute
  67'
16

Cari Roccaro

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
  78'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Houston Dash

1

Jane Campbell

Goalkeeper
20

Lindsay Agnew

Defender
  66'
5

Janine van Wyk

Defender
  87'
22

Amber Brooks

Defender
21

Taylor Comeau

Defender
7

Kealia Ohai

Midfielder
9

Haley Hanson

Midfielder
10

Linda Motlhalo

Midfielder
23

Sofia Huerta

Midfielder
12

Veronica Latsko

Striker
  66'
3

Rachel Daly

Striker

substitutes

13

Savannah Jordan

Substitute
18

Kimberly Keever

Substitute
  66'
11

Thembi Kgatlana

Substitute
14

Nichelle Prince

Substitute
  66'
16

Sammy Jo Prudhomme

Substitute
17

Kyah Simon

Substitute
  87'

manager

 

Vera Pauw

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 5, Houston Dash 0.

90'+3'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 5, Houston Dash 0.

90'+2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Haley Hanson.

90'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Haley Hanson (Houston Dash).

87'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Houston Dash. Kyah Simon replaces Janine van Wyk because of an injury.

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

86'

MISS

Attempt missed. Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Haley Hanson.

84'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Taylor Comeau (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

84'

CORNER

Corner, Houston Dash. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

83'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81'

START DELAY

Delay in match Janine van Wyk (Houston Dash) because of an injury.

80'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Houston Dash. Nichelle Prince tries a through ball, but Rachel Daly is caught offside.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Crystal Dunn.

78'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Houston Dash. Taylor Comeau tries a through ball, but Rachel Daly is caught offside.

77'

CORNER

Corner, Houston Dash. Conceded by Crystal Dunn.

75'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

74'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rachel Daly following a corner.

73'

CORNER

Corner, Houston Dash. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

73'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kealia Ohai.

72'

FREE KICK WON

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Haley Hanson (Houston Dash).

71'

FREE KICK WON

Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amber Brooks (Houston Dash).

71'

MISS

Attempt missed. Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kealia Ohai with a cross.

70'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 5, Houston Dash 0. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top right corner.

67'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nichelle Prince with a cross.

67'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Heather O'Reilly replaces Lynn Williams.

67'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

66'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Houston Dash. Kimberly Keever replaces Lindsay Agnew.

66'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Houston Dash. Nichelle Prince replaces Veronica Latsko.

65'

START DELAY

Delay in match Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

64'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Veronica Latsko (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

64'

FREE KICK WON

Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle.

61'

FREE KICK WON

Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Haley Hanson (Houston Dash).

57'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 4, Houston Dash 0. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a through ball.

56'

MISS

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

55'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

54'

MISS

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

51'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Janine van Wyk.

49'

MISS

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

47'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

46'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 3, Houston Dash 0.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 3, Houston Dash 0.

44'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 3, Houston Dash 0. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

40'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Haley Hanson.

39'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Linda Motlhalo with a through ball.

37'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

36'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash).

36'

FREE KICK WON

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

31'

OFFSIDE

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

29'

OFFSIDE

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

28'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Debinha.

27'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

26'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Houston Dash 0. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

25'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

25'

POST

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Samantha Mewis.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

25'

FREE KICK WON

Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21'

START DELAY

Delay in match Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

21'

FREE KICK WON

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

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Veronica Latsko (Houston Dash).

20'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachel Daly.

19'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Houston Dash. Rachel Daly tries a through ball, but Kealia Ohai is caught offside.

16'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samantha Mewis.

16'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

16'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

15'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Amber Brooks.

15'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

14'

MISS

Attempt missed. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

14'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

13'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Houston Dash 0. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Abby Erceg.

12'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

11'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Janine van Wyk.

10'

MISS

Attempt missed. Amber Brooks (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sofia Huerta with a cross following a corner.

9'

CORNER

Corner, Houston Dash. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

9'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kealia Ohai with a through ball.

8'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the bottom right corner.

7'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Taylor Comeau with a cross following a set piece situation.

7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

7'

FREE KICK WON

Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Amber Brooks.

1'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samantha Mewis.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
66
Prince 14
Latsko 12
66
Keever 18
Agnew 20
67
O'Reilly 17
Williams 9
67
Hamilton 23
O'Sullivan 8
78
Speck 25
Dunn 19
87
Simon 17
van Wyk 5
13
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Abby Erceg 6

26
goal

Crystal Dunn 19

44
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Jessica McDonald 14

57
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Jessica McDonald 14

70
goal

Kristen Hamilton 23

HOU

Goals & Assists

13′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Abby Erceg
26′ North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn
44′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Jessica McDonald
57′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Jessica McDonald
70′ North Carolina Courage
Kristen Hamilton

Disciplinary

NONE

Substitutions

66′ Houston Dash
  Nichelle Prince
  Veronica Latsko
66′ Houston Dash
  Kimberly Keever
  Lindsay Agnew
67′ North Carolina Courage
  Heather O'Reilly
  Lynn Williams
67′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Denise O'Sullivan
78′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Crystal Dunn
87′ Houston Dash
  Kyah Simon
  Janine van Wyk


NC

Match Statistics


HOU

25
Shots
16
9
Shots On Goal
4
8
Shots Blocked
4
4
Corners
4
16
Crosses
19
2
Offsides
3
4
Fouls
6
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
414
Total Passes
355
80.0%
Passing Accuracy
78.3%
53.4%
Possession
46.6%
48
Duels Won
40
12
Tackles Won
16
4
Saves
4
19
Clearances
22

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
10 M Debinha 90 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
5 M Samantha Mewis 90 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
19 M Crystal Dunn 78 1 0 4 1 0 0 1 0
9 F Lynn Williams 67 2 0 8 3 0 1 0 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 90 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 2
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 23 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
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
17 S Heather O'Reilly 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Cari Roccaro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 0 16 4 0 0 0 1
20 D Lindsay Agnew 66 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
5 D Janine van Wyk 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 D Amber Brooks 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
21 D Taylor Comeau 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 M Kealia Ohai 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
9 M Haley Hanson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
10 M Linda Motlhalo 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
23 M Sofia Huerta 90 0 0 5 1 3 0 0 1
12 F Veronica Latsko 66 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
3 F Rachel Daly 90 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 1
13 S Savannah Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Kimberly Keever 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Thembi Kgatlana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Nichelle Prince 24 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
16 S Sammy Jo Prudhomme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Kyah Simon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Jane Campbell 90 5 25 4 0 0 0 0

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