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Sat, May 12

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Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 5,866

Erceg’s header goal lifts the Courage over the Spirit, 1-0

The Courage are unbeaten in eight games

Courage defender Abby Erceg scores her first goal of the season. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

A second-half header goal from defender Abby Erceg lifted the North Carolina Courage over the Washington Spirit 1-0 on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The Courage improve to eight games unbeaten this season and wrap up Week 7 at 6-0-2. The Spirit dropped their second-straight game on the road and are still in search of their second win of the year at 1-4-2.

This was the second meeting of the season between the Courage and the Spirit with the Courage taking the first game 4-2. This match was the first time Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch and defender Taylor Smith returned to North Carolina since playing for the reigning 2017 Shield winners. The Courage entered Saturday night’s game topping the league in goals (12) and assists (10) and once again were able to find a result to keep them a top of the league standings. This was the 11th 1-0 regular season victory for the Courage in franchise history.

In the first half the Spirit were able to stay organized and hold the Courage off the board. The Courage saw the better of the opportunities offensively, finishing the first 45 minutes with 10 shots off to the Spirit’s four. The game’s first chance came from Courage forward Crystal Dunn. Dunn, who has three goals on the year, was sprung through into space from a Sam Mewis service just before the third minute of play. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe earned her first save of the night and stopped the Courage from the early lead.

Bledsoe and Dunn came into contact with one another not too long after. The same order of sequence occurred for the Courage: Mewis made things happen in the midfield and was able to thread a ball through to Dunn running into space. And once again, Bledsoe came up big for her side and made a diving save to the right post. Bledsoe finished the game with five saves and now has a league-leading 37 saves on the season.

On the other side of the pitch, Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland stepped up for her team and earned a huge save against Spirit forward Mallory Pugh. Pugh, who had a break on goal had her angle on goal cut off by a diving Rowland. Rowland earned the stop and kept the game level before the break. Rowland made three saves in the win and earned her first shutout of the year. This was Rowland’s second game in net for the Courage this season, her last performance was against Utah Royals FC on April 21, when the Courage earned one point in a 2-2 draw.

Before Erceg scored the eventual game-winner, the Spirit looked like they were going to get one just minutes after the second-half started. Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan played one over the top and Tori Huster looked like she was going to volley one in, but Rowland came up with a huge stop for her side to keep the game blank.

Eventually Erceg found a way to get it done for her team. The defender headed home a service from defender Jaelene HinkleThe service came following a free-kick chance for the Courage and Hinkle whipped one in and Erceg headed it past Bledsoe for the 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute. This was Erceg’s first goal of the year.

The Courage controlled the possession on the evening with 52.7% to the Spirit’s 47.3%. Mewis was a key piece in the Courage’s midfield earning just her second-start of the year. She had a team high 68 touches. Courage midfielder Debinha dominated her team in shots with four on the night. Defensively the Courage were locked in through tackling from midfielder McCall Zerboni (6) and interceptions (3).

Defender Merritt Mathias also helped her side win four interceptions. For the Spirit, Whitney Church and Smith held down the defensive line each earning seven clearances on the night. The Spirit were without defender Estelle Johnson who has been a key piece to their defense all year. Johnson had a league-best 45 clearances, but was kept off the roster for the night due to a right hamstring strain injury.

The Courage will next travel to Yurcak Field to take on Sky Blue FC and the Spirit will return home to host Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, May 19.

North Carolina Courage

1000

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
  63'
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
5

Samantha Mewis

Defensive Midfielder
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
10

Debinha

Midfielder
  89'
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  83'
19

Crystal Dunn

Striker
  50'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
  50'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
  83'
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
16

Cari Roccaro

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
  89'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
5

Whitney Church

Defender
4

Rebecca Quinn

Defender
7

Taylor Smith

Defender
6

Andi Sullivan

Midfielder
23

Tori Huster

Midfielder
  83'
10

Estefanía Banini

Midfielder
  60'
14

Francisca Ordega

Striker
  38'   46'
33

Ashley Hatch

Striker
11

Mallory Pugh

Striker

substitutes

8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Substitute
  60'
17

Cali Farquharson

Substitute
21

DiDi Haracic

Substitute
24

Estelle Johnson

Substitute
15

Joanna Lohman

Substitute
12

Morgan Proffitt

Substitute
  83'
9

Havana Solaun

Substitute
  46'

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meredith Speck (North Carolina Courage).

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage).

90'

FREE KICK WON

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Debinha.

87'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Samantha Mewis.

87'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

86'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage).

83'

FREE KICK WON

Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Morgan Proffitt replaces Tori Huster.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Darian Jenkins replaces Jessica McDonald.

81'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

75'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

75'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

73'

MISS

Attempt missed. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mallory Pugh.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

71'

FREE KICK WON

Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

65'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64'

START DELAY

Delay in match Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

63'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Washington Spirit 0. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross following a set piece situation.

62'

FREE KICK WON

Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit).

62'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Merritt Mathias.

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

61'

FREE KICK WON

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60'

FREE KICK WON

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

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

60'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Meggie Dougherty Howard replaces Estefanía Banini.

58'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

58'

FREE KICK WON

Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57'

OFFSIDE

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

56'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55'

OFFSIDE

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

53'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

53'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

52'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

52'

FREE KICK WON

Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

50'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Crystal Dunn.

48'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

46'

OFFSIDE

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

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Washington Spirit 0.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun replaces Francisca Ordega.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Washington Spirit 0.

45'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

45'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco with a headed pass.

44'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

44'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

43'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

39'

POST

Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) hits the bar with a header from outside the box. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper following a set piece situation.

38'

YELLOW CARD

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card.

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

38'

FREE KICK WON

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

37'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

34'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Hatch.

33'

FREE KICK WON

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

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit).

31'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

31'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

30'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

30'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Debinha.

29'

FREE KICK WON

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

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

29'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

28'

OFFSIDE

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

24'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

23'

FREE KICK WON

Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22'

FREE KICK WON

Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

21'

FREE KICK WON

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

20'

OFFSIDE

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

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

18'

FREE KICK WON

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

18'

FREE KICK WON

Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

17'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross following a set piece situation.

16'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit).

16'

FREE KICK WON

Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range is blocked.

12'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit).

12'

FREE KICK WON

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

4'

MISS

Attempt missed. Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Francisca Ordega.

3'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a through ball.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
46
Solaun 9
Ordega 14
50
Hamilton 23
Dunn 19
60
Dougherty Howard 8
Banini 10
83
Jenkins 21
McDonald 14
83
Proffitt 12
Huster 23
89
Speck 25
Debinha 10
63
goal

Abby Erceg 6

Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle 15

38
yellow card

Francisca Ordega 14

WAS

Goals & Assists

63′ North Carolina Courage
Abby Erceg
Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle

Disciplinary

38′ Washington Spirit
Francisca Ordega

Substitutions

46′ Washington Spirit
  Havana Solaun
  Francisca Ordega
50′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Crystal Dunn
60′ Washington Spirit
  Meggie Dougherty Howard
  Estefanía Banini
83′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Jessica McDonald
83′ Washington Spirit
  Morgan Proffitt
  Tori Huster
89′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Debinha


NC

Match Statistics


WAS

18
Shots
9
6
Shots On Goal
3
7
Shots Blocked
2
4
Corners
2
21
Crosses
6
5
Offsides
0
12
Fouls
10
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
395
Total Passes
372
72.9%
Passing Accuracy
68.8%
52.2%
Possession
47.8%
53
Duels Won
51
10
Tackles Won
9
3
Saves
5
8
Clearances
30

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 1
6 D Abby Erceg 90 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
5 DM Samantha Mewis 90 0 0 4 1 0 0 3 0
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
10 M Debinha 89 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1
14 F Jessica McDonald 83 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0
19 F Crystal Dunn 50 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Elizabeth Eddy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 40 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0
21 S Darian Jenkins 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
31 S Kaleigh Kurtz 0 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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1000 G Katelyn Rowland 90 0 9 3 0 0 0 0
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 D Rebecca Quinn 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
7 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
6 M Andi Sullivan 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
23 M Tori Huster 83 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
10 M Estefanía Banini 60 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
14 F Francisca Ordega 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
33 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 3
11 F Mallory Pugh 90 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1
8 S Meggie Dougherty Howard 30 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Cali Farquharson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S DiDi Haracic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 S Estelle Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Joanna Lohman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Morgan Proffitt 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Havana Solaun 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Aubrey Bledsoe 90 1 18 5 0 0 0 0

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