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Wed, Jul 11

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Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 3,409

Courage earn 13th win of the season, blank Spirit 2-0

Debinha and Jess McDonald scored

Jess McDonald scored her sixth goal of the season. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

The North Carolina Courage collect another three points on the year defeating the Washington Spirit 2-0 in Week 16.

Debinha scored first for the Courage in the 12th minute, and Jess McDonald sealed the game off in the 60th minute. The Courage are now 13-1-3 with 42 points and secure in first place in the standings. The Spirit are now winless in their last eight matches and drop to 2-11-4 and 10 points.

With the win, the Courage have now won four-straight, while the Spirit have now dropped four-straight.

Heather O’Reilly made her debut for the Courage last Wednesday, coming on in the 75th minute against the Chicago Red Stars. On Wednesday night of Week 16, O’Reilly earned her first start suiting up as a left back.

The Spirit sat back against the Courage— they were conscious to get numbers behind the ball and slow the game down. But, in the 12th minute the Courage found a way in as Debinha scored her sixth goal of the season to make it 1-0.

The play started with a long ball over the top from McCall Zerboni to Lynn Williams down the flank. Williams looked like she had a small window to shoot, but decided to slip it across the box where it got deflected and Debinha was able to pull-back and slot it home. Debinha scored her sixth goal of the season.

Courage forward Crystal Dunn had a couple of looks to follow, but Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe came up big for her side denying any more goals before the break. In the 40th minute, O’Reilly and Zerboni combined on transition and set up defender Merritt Mathias down the right flank. Mathias had space, but her shot from a distance was collected by Bledsoe.

After the first half, the Spirit had their first corner kick of the night and midfielder Tori Huster was able to get her head on the service, but it went high. In the 47th minute, Williams found herself in a dangerous position at the top of the box and got a shot off. Her chance was saved by Bledsoe.

In the 54th minute it was a Williams-Bledsoe battle once again, and this time Bledsoe showed phenomenal recovery footwork to follow the play and deny Williams’ shot.

In the 60th minute the Courage continued to push for a second and this time it was McDonald who found the small window to shoot and buried it past Bledsoe for the 2-0 lead. Dunn earned the assist, her fifth of the season. McDonald scored her sixth goal of the season and this is the second goal she has scored in the Courage’s last three games.

In the 61st minute it looked like the Courage were going to get another one as McDonald played a dangerous service far post and the Courage had more number than not crashing the box.

The Courage finished the game with 21 shots to the Spirit’s six and held a 53.7 % possession to the Spirit’s 46.3%.

Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle entered the game in the 68th minute and in the 83rd minute slotted Ashley Hatch in behind the Courage defense. Hatch took a shot from the right side of the box, but Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland came up big to earn the shutout on the night. Rowland has three shutout performances this season and has collected 30 saves.

In the 90th minute it looked like the Courage were going to put a stamp on the night with a third goal, but Spirit defender Estelle Johnson made a crucial block to deny Williams the chance to shoot on Bledsoe.

Johnson finished the night with eight clearances, three blocks and two interceptions. Johnson remains first in the league in clearances with 92.

The Courage will next travel to New Jersey to face Sky Blue FC on Saturday and the Spirit will have some time to bounce back before they return to NWSL action the following Saturday vs. the Houston Dash.

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
17

Heather O'Reilly

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
10

Débora Cristiane de Oliveira

Midfielder
  88'   12'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  53'
19

Crystal Alyssia Dunn

Midfielder
  71'
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  65'   60'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
  71'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
5

Samantha Mewis

Substitute
  65'
16

Cari Roccaro

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
  88'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
5

Whitney Church

Defender
4

Rebecca Quinn

Defender
3

Caprice Dydasco

Wing Back
7

Taylor Smith

Wing Back
  85'
8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Midfielder
  73'
23

Tori Huster

Midfielder
6

Andi Sullivan

Midfielder
33

Ashley Hatch

Striker
10

Estefanía Romina Banini Ruiz

Striker
  69'

substitutes

22

Mallory Eubanks

Substitute
  85'
21

DiDi Haracic

Substitute
16

Rose Lavelle

Substitute
  69'
15

Joanna Lohman

Substitute
14

Francisca Ordega

Substitute
9

Havana Solaun

Substitute
  73'
19

Kelsey Wys

Substitute

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+3'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+2'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Caprice Dydasco tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit).

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

90'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

88'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Debinha.

85'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Mallory Eubanks replaces Taylor Smith.

85'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84'

START DELAY

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

84'

FREE KICK WON

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

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

83'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

83'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rose Lavelle with a through ball.

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

81'

FREE KICK WON

Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Debinha.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

78'

FREE KICK WON

Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

76'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Debinha.

74'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun replaces Meggie Dougherty Howard.

72'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

71'

SUBSTITUTION

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

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Rose Lavelle replaces Estefanía Banini.

69'

MISS

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

68'

FREE KICK WON

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

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit).

66'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Heather O'Reilly.

65'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

65'

FREE KICK WON

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

65'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis replaces Jessica McDonald.

64'

FREE KICK WON

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

64'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tori Huster (Washington Spirit).

63'

MISS

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

61'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

61'

POST

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a cross.

60'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Washington Spirit 0. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

59'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

59'

FREE KICK WON

Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

57'

FREE KICK WON

Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Tori Huster.

55'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

55'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a through ball.

55'

FREE KICK WON

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

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

53'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andi Sullivan with a cross.

53'

YELLOW CARD

Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53'

FREE KICK LOST

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

53'

FREE KICK WON

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

52'

FREE KICK WON

Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

MISS

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

48'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Whitney Church with a cross following a corner.

48'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Denise O'Sullivan.

47'

MISS

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

START

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

45'+2'

END 1

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

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

45'

FREE KICK WON

Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

38'

FREE KICK LOST

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

38'

FREE KICK WON

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

36'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

36'

FREE KICK WON

Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Rebecca Quinn.

35'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33'

START DELAY

Delay in match (North Carolina Courage).

30'

OFFSIDE

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

28'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

22'

MISS

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

17'

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.

12'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Washington Spirit 0. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

10'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andi Sullivan with a through ball.

7'

MISS

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

6'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

6'

FREE KICK WON

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

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Smith with a cross.

4'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

2'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
65
Samantha Mewis 5
Jessica McDonald 14
69
Rose Lavelle 16
Estefanía Banini 10
71
Kristen Hamilton 23
Crystal Dunn 19
73
Havana Solaun 9
Meggie Dougherty Howard 8
85
Mallory Eubanks 22
Taylor Smith 7
88
Meredith Speck 25
Debinha 10
12
goal

Debinha 10

60
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Crystal Dunn 19

53
yellow card

Denise O'Sullivan 8

WAS

Goals & Assists

12′ North Carolina Courage
Debinha
60′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Crystal Dunn

Disciplinary

53′ North Carolina Courage
Denise O'Sullivan

Substitutions

65′ North Carolina Courage
  Samantha Mewis
  Jessica McDonald
69′ Washington Spirit
  Rose Lavelle
  Estefanía Banini
71′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Crystal Dunn
73′ Washington Spirit
  Havana Solaun
  Meggie Dougherty Howard
85′ Washington Spirit
  Mallory Eubanks
  Taylor Smith
88′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Debinha


NC

Match Statistics


WAS

22
Shots
6
6
Shots On Goal
4
4
Shots Blocked
0
5
Corners
2
18
Crosses
5
1
Offsides
1
12
Fouls
5
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
467
Total Passes
409
79.0%
Passing Accuracy
70.4%
53.9%
Possession
46.1%
47
Duels Won
58
7
Tackles Won
18
4
Saves
4
7
Clearances
27

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
17 D Heather O'Reilly 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 M Débora Cristiane de Oliveira 88 1 0 3 1 2 0 0 0
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 3
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
19 M Crystal Alyssia Dunn 71 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 0 9 1 0 1 1 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 65 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 19 0 0 1 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 25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Cari Roccaro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 0 6 4 0 0 0 0
24 D Estelle Johnson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
4 D Rebecca Quinn 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
3 Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
7 Taylor Smith 85 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
8 M Meggie Dougherty Howard 73 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
23 M Tori Huster 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1
6 M Andi Sullivan 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
33 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1
10 F Estefanía Romina Banini Ruiz 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
22 S Mallory Eubanks 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S DiDi Haracic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Rose Lavelle 21 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
15 S Joanna Lohman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Francisca Ordega 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Havana Solaun 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 S Kelsey Wys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Aubrey Bledsoe 90 2 22 4 0 0 0 1