North Carolina Courage NC

17‑1‑6 , 9‑1‑2 Home

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Final
Sat, Mar 31

Sky Blue FCNJ

1‑17‑6 , 0‑8‑4 Away

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Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 4,078

McDonald scores late, Courage top Sky Blue 1-0

Jessica McDonald scored in the 92nd minute.

Jessica McDonald scored the game winner to improve the Courage to 2-0 on the season. (Photo credit: Grant Halverson/isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

A late goal from Jessica McDonald served the North Carolina Courage their second straight win in the 2018 season. The Courage topped Sky Blue FC 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in front of a crowd of 4,078 fans. The Courage are now 2-0-0 to start the season, while Sky Blue FC suffers a loss in their first result for 2018.

McDonald’s goal came in the 92nd minute mark off of a through ball from Jaelene Hinkle in behind. McDonald, who scored four goals last season for the Courage, made all the difference off the bench tonight. In 2017, McDonald became the first NWSL player to score 33 regular-season career goals, she now has 36 goals to date. The forward came on in the 55th minute for Kristen Hamilton, and wasted no time creating opportunities for the Courage, getting three shots off on goal in her 35 minutes of play.

The Courage dominated the game in chances, with 23 shots to Sky Blue’s three. This is the exact same shooting ratio from the Courage’s game last weekend against Portland Thorns FC. The Courage defeated the Thorns 1-0 on opening NWSL weekend and outshot the reigning NWSL champs 20-3. The 1-0 scoreline is another familiar Courage performance, with 2017 seeing the Courage record eight wins with a 1-0 scoreline in regular season and the playoffs.

Saturday’s first half could of suggested the game going either way; with both sides combining in the midfield and finding space out wide. Sky Blue FC were particularly impressive in Carli Lloyd’s presence in the middle. Lloyd, in her first game for Sky Blue, showed clear leadership in her combination play with rookie Savannah McCaskill and play with Shea Groom down the right flank. Equally impressive on the attack was the Courage’s Crystal Dunn who was going 1-v-1 against Sky Blue FC’s Mandy Freeman all game. Freeman held her own to Dunn’s pace, and limited Dunn to two shots on the day.

In Denise Reddy’s first NWSL game, the new head coach for Sky Blue FC went with a one-two-touch passing game plan, that played in Sky Blue’s favor when executed. Between McCaskill, Lloyd, Janine Beckie and Groom there was no shortage of dynamic 1-2 passing to switch the attack and spread out the Courage. Sky Blue held a higher possession at 52.7% to the Courage holding a 47.3%.

With the score 0-0 at halftime, the Courage came out of the first 45 ready to attack. Right off the bat, Hamilton was fed a perfectly paced left-footed through ball from Dunn. Hamilton looked for a far post finish, but her shot kissed the right post. McDonald came into the game after this, and both teams continued to push for the game-winner.

Sky Blue FC saw two different free kick chances in the 81st minute and then the 87th minute, however Lloyd was unable to convert. Three minutes were added in extra time, and it took McDonald just two minutes to put her team on her back with a right-footed shot to the right post.

North Carolina Courage

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
7

McCall Zerboni

Defensive Midfielder
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  79'
23

Kristen Hamilton

Midfielder
  55'
10

Debinha

Attacking Midfielder
  86'
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
19

Crystal Dunn

Striker

substitutes

2

Allysha Chapman

Substitute
12

Frannie Crouse

Substitute
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
  86'
30

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
14

Jessica McDonald

Substitute
  55'   90 + 2'
100

Katelyn Rowland

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
  79'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
22

Mandy Freeman

Defender
13

Rebekah Stott

Defender
  86'
8

Erica Skroski

Defender
31

Christina Gibbons

Defender
  66'
12

Janine Beckie

Midfielder
  68'
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
10

Carli Lloyd

Midfielder
21

Savannah McCaskill

Striker
14

Katlyn Johnson

Striker
  58'
6

Shea Groom

Striker
  78'

substitutes

24

Michaela Abam

Substitute
  78'
27

Caroline Casey

Substitute
7

Jennifer Hoy

Substitute
19

Adriana Leon

Substitute
  58'
2

McKenzie Meehan

Substitute
  68'
15

Kayla Mills

Substitute

manager

 

Denise Reddy

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Sky Blue 0.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Sky Blue 0.

90'+4'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Christina Gibbons.

90'+2'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Sky Blue 0. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a through ball.

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

87'

FREE KICK WON

Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

86'

YELLOW CARD

Rebekah Stott (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Rebekah Stott (Sky Blue).

86'

FREE KICK WON

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

86'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Darian Jenkins replaces Debinha.

85'

FREE KICK WON

Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

84'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue).

83'

FREE KICK WON

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

81'

FREE KICK WON

Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

79'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Michaela Abam replaces Shea Groom.

77'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Sarah Killion tries a through ball, but Carli Lloyd is caught offside.

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

75'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Merritt Mathias.

71'

OFFSIDE

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

68'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. McKenzie Meehan replaces Janine Beckie.

68'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

67'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

66'

YELLOW CARD

Christina Gibbons (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christina Gibbons (Sky Blue).

65'

FREE KICK WON

Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jessica McDonald following a corner.

64'

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.

64'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Janine Beckie.

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue).

59'

OFFSIDE

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

58'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Adriana Leon replaces Katie Johnson.

57'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a cross.

55'

SUBSTITUTION

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

54'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kailen Sheridan.

54'

POST

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a through ball.

51'

MISS

Attempt missed. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Debinha.

49'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper following a set piece situation.

48'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue).

48'

FREE KICK WON

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

47'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

47'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+1'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue).

45'

FREE KICK WON

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

44'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

43'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Erica Skroski.

43'

MISS

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

41'

MISS

Attempt missed. Janine Beckie (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Savannah McCaskill.

40'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Shea Groom (Sky Blue).

40'

FREE KICK WON

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

39'

FREE KICK WON

Janine Beckie (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

38'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

36'

MISS

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

35'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

30'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Katie Johnson (Sky Blue).

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

28'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26'

START DELAY

Delay in match Sabrina D'Angelo (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

20'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Katie Johnson.

20'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

19'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

17'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

12'

FREE KICK WON

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12'

FREE KICK LOST

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

10'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

10'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

9'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Erica Skroski.

9'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

6'

FREE KICK WON

Christina Gibbons (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

5'

FREE KICK WON

Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

4'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Janine Beckie tries a through ball, but Shea Groom is caught offside.

4'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

4'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Katie Johnson (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

1'

OFFSIDE

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

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
55
McDonald 14
Hamilton 23
58
Leon 19
Johnson 14
68
Meehan 2
Beckie 12
78
Abam 24
Groom 6
79
Speck 25
O'Sullivan 8
86
Jenkins 21
Debinha 10
90 +2
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle 15

66
yellow card

Christina Gibbons 31

86
yellow card

Rebekah Stott 13

NJ

Goals & Assists

90 + 2′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle

Disciplinary

66′ Sky Blue FC
Christina Gibbons
86′ Sky Blue FC
Rebekah Stott

Substitutions

55′ North Carolina Courage
  Jessica McDonald
  Kristen Hamilton
58′ Sky Blue FC
  Adriana Leon
  Katlyn Johnson
68′ Sky Blue FC
  McKenzie Meehan
  Janine Beckie
78′ Sky Blue FC
  Michaela Abam
  Shea Groom
79′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Denise O'Sullivan
86′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Debinha


NC

Match Statistics


NJ

23
Shots
3
5
Shots On Goal
0
7
Shots Blocked
2
5
Corners
3
20
Crosses
2
3
Offsides
2
11
Fouls
8
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
395
Total Passes
464
67.8%
Passing Accuracy
69.4%
47.1%
Possession
52.9%
74
Duels Won
53
17
Tackles Won
15
0
Saves
4
4
Clearances
25

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 2 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 0 0 0 0 1 1
7 DM McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 2
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 79 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1
23 M Kristen Hamilton 55 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
10 AM Debinha 86 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 1
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 0 6 1 1 3 2 0
19 F Crystal Dunn 90 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
2 S Allysha Chapman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Frannie Crouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S Darian Jenkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 S Kaleigh Kurtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Jessica McDonald 35 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
100 S Katelyn Rowland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Sabrina D’Angelo 90 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
22 D Mandy Freeman 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 D Rebekah Stott 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 D Erica Skroski 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 D Christina Gibbons 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
12 M Janine Beckie 68 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
16 M Sarah Killion 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
10 M Carli Lloyd 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 3
21 F Savannah McCaskill 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
14 F Katlyn Johnson 58 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
6 F Shea Groom 78 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
24 S Michaela Abam 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 S Jennifer Hoy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Adriana Leon 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S McKenzie Meehan 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Kayla Mills 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 1 23 4 0 0 0 0

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