North Carolina Courage NC

17‑1‑6 , 9‑1‑2 Home

2
Final
Sun, Aug 5

Portland Thorns FCPOR

12‑6‑6 , 6‑3‑3 Away

1

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 5,379

Courage clinch NWSL Shield with a 2-1 win over Thorns FC

The Courage improve to 15-1-4

Lynn Williams scored a brace on the night. (Photo credit:

The North Carolina Courage clinched the 2018 NWSL Shield on Sunday night with a 2-1 win over Portland Thorns FC in Week 19 play at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The Courage have now won their second-straight NWSL Shield.

Lynn Williams scored a brace for the Courage and claimed the lead in the Golden Boot race with ten goals and four assists on the season. Lindsey Horan scored Portland’s only goal, also for ten goals on the year.

The Courage are now 15-1-4 with 49 points and on a seven-game unbeaten streak. The Courage snapped Portland’s three-game winning streak and the Thorns are now 8-6-5 with 29 points.

Williams got her team on the board at home in the 37th minute. The last time Williams and the Courage faced the Thorns, the forward also chipped in a brace on the night.

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni won the ball from Thorns forward Christine Sinclair in the box which eventually led to a Courage fast break sparked by Debinha in the middle. Debinha caught Portland in transition and found forward Jess McDonald out wide. McDonald played a service into the box where Williams finished it off for her ninth goal of the year.

Not long after Williams scored another one after Courage defender Merritt Mathias served a ball into the box that eventually deflected to the feet of Williams. Williams tapped in her tenth goal of the season in the 45th minute.

The Thorns earned one back in the 49th minute when midfielder Tobin Heath curled in a perfectly crafted free kick to the head of midfielder Lindsey Horan. Horan headed home her tenth goal of the season.

The Courage dominated with 31 shots to Portland’s nine and also held the better of the possession at 51.6% to 48.4%. Williams finished with a game-high ten shots with four on target. She also made two key passes. McDonald and Courage forward Crystal Dunn each finished with five key passes on the night. Defensively the Courage were strong in Mathias’ five tackles won and two interceptions for six gained possessions.

Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had her work cut out for her, but finished the match with eight saves. Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made one.

The Courage return to NWSL action on Friday vs. the Red Stars and the Thorns will visit the Orlando Pride on Saturday.

 

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
  85'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
  78'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
  37', 45'
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker

substitutes

19

Crystal Dunn

Substitute
  78'
1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
  85'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
17

Heather O'Reilly

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
  45 + 3'
23

Margaret Purce

Defender
  70'
10

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
  49'
12

Christine Sinclair

Midfielder
30

Celeste Boureille

Midfielder
17

Tobin Heath

Striker
7

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic

Striker
  58'
21

Hayley Raso

Striker
  73'

substitutes

27

Elizabeth Ball

Substitute
  70'
8

Andressinha

Substitute
  73'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
9

Caitlin Foord

Substitute
  85'   58'
20

Kelli Hubly

Substitute
34

Tyler Lussi

Substitute
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 1.

90'+6'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 1.

90'+3'

OFFSIDE

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

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

90'+1'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

90'+1'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

89'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

86'

FREE KICK WON

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

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

85'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Debinha.

85'

YELLOW CARD

Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84'

FREE KICK WON

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

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

84'

MISS

Attempt missed. Andressinha (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Celeste Boureille.

83'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Caitlin Foord.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

82'

FREE KICK WON

Elizabeth Ball (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'

FREE KICK WON

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

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

80'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

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

77'

START DELAY

Delay in match (North Carolina Courage).

76'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Menges.

76'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Andressinha replaces Hayley Raso.

73'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

72'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Debinha.

71'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

70'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Abby Erceg (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 cross.

70'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Elizabeth Ball replaces Midge Purce.

69'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Midge Purce.

69'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

66'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

65'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

64'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64'

START DELAY

Delay in match Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

62'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

61'

FREE KICK WON

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Debinha.

59'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

58'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Caitlin Foord replaces Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.

58'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

58'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis tries a through ball, but Debinha is caught offside.

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Debinha (North Carolina Courage).

54'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abby Erceg.

53'

FREE KICK WON

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

53'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

52'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

MISS

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

49'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 1. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tobin Heath with a cross following a set piece situation.

48'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

48'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47'

OFFSIDE

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

46'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hayley Raso.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 0.

45'+5'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 0.

45'+5'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samantha Mewis.

45'+4'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45'+3'

START DELAY

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

45'+3'

YELLOW CARD

Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45'+3'

FREE KICK WON

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

45'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns).

45'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage).

45'+2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45'+1'

FREE KICK WON

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

45'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

45'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns 0. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

44'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

42'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

41'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

40'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Midge Purce.

39'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by McCall Zerboni.

37'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Portland Thorns 0. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a cross.

35'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32'

START DELAY

Delay in match (North Carolina Courage).

32'

MISS

Attempt missed. Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hayley Raso.

29'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

27'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

21'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Debinha.

18'

FREE KICK WON

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

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Midge Purce (Portland Thorns).

17'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left 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.

16'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15'

START DELAY

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

14'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Debinha (North Carolina Courage).

14'

FREE KICK WON

Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13'

FREE KICK WON

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

13'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

13'

MISS

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

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

10'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Midge Purce.

7'

FREE KICK WON

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

7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

6'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

5'

MISS

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

4'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lindsey Horan.

3'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

1'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Christine Sinclair is caught offside.

1'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Debinha (North Carolina Courage).

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
58
Foord 9
Crnogorcevic 7
70
Ball 27
Purce 23
73
Andressinha 8
Raso 21
78
Dunn 19
Mewis 5
85
Hamilton 23
Debinha 10
37
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Jessica McDonald 14

45
goal

Lynn Williams 9

49
goal

Lindsey Horan 10

Assisted by: Tobin Heath 17

45 +3
yellow card

Emily Sonnett 16

85
yellow card

Caitlin Foord 9

POR

Goals & Assists

37′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Jessica McDonald
45′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
49′ Portland Thorns FC
Lindsey Horan
Assisted by: Tobin Heath

Disciplinary

45 + 3′ Portland Thorns FC
Emily Sonnett
85′ Portland Thorns FC
Caitlin Foord

Substitutions

58′ Portland Thorns FC
  Caitlin Foord
  Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic
70′ Portland Thorns FC
  Elizabeth Ball
  Margaret Purce
73′ Portland Thorns FC
  Andressinha
  Hayley Raso
78′ North Carolina Courage
  Crystal Dunn
  Samantha Mewis
85′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Debinha


NC

Match Statistics


POR

31
Shots
8
9
Shots On Goal
2
8
Shots Blocked
1
7
Corners
1
24
Crosses
15
3
Offsides
1
10
Fouls
10
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
343
Total Passes
338
70.3%
Passing Accuracy
67.5%
51.1%
Possession
48.9%
62
Duels Won
52
14
Tackles Won
21
1
Saves
7
14
Clearances
31

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 1
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 M Debinha 85 0 0 2 1 2 1 3 2
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3
5 M Samantha Mewis 78 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 1
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 2
9 F Lynn Williams 90 2 0 10 4 0 0 0 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 90 0 1 8 0 0 2 2 0
19 S Crystal Dunn 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 5 0 0 0 0 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
17 S Heather O'Reilly 0 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 8 1 0 0 0 0
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
23 D Margaret Purce 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 M Lindsey Horan 90 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 1
12 M Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2
30 M Celeste Boureille 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
17 F Tobin Heath 90 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
7 F Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 F Hayley Raso 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
27 S Elizabeth Ball 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
8 S Andressinha 17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Caitlin Foord 32 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 0
20 S Kelli Hubly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 S Tyler Lussi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Mallory Weber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 2 31 7 0 0 0 0

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