Washington Spirit WAS

2‑17‑5 , 2‑7‑3 Home

2
Final
Sat, Apr 14

North Carolina CourageNC

17‑1‑6 , 8‑0‑4 Away

4

Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex

Boyds, Maryland

Attendance: 3,458

Courage remain undefeated on the year with a 4-2 win over the Spirit

McCall Zerboni scored a brace in the win

The Courage came from behind to win 4-2 over the Washington Spirit in Week 3. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

The North Carolina Courage improve to 3-0-0 in 2018 NWSL play after defeating the Washington Spirit 4-2 at Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland on Saturday night. In front of  3,458 fans on a windy evening, there were plenty of goals to go around. Mallory Pugh opened up scoring for the Spirit, followed by three goals from the Courage’s Crystal Dunn and McCall Zerboni. The Spirit then found themselves within just one thanks to Francisca Ordega, yet it was Lynn Williams who came knocking finalizing the game at 4-2.

Both sides entered Week 3 after big wins in Week 2 action. The Spirit were fresh off a 2-0 victory over the Orlando Pride while the Courage rolled in after a 1-0 result over Sky Blue FC. The Courage dominated in shots and shots on goal with 10 on frame to the Spirit’s 3. Pugh’s opening goal for the Spirit was her second on the year. The forward earned Player of the Week honors in Week 2 for her 80th minute stunner against the Orlando Pride. Doing what Pugh does best, she managed to find space in the midfield, dish it off and follow the play through, eventually getting her team on the board early.

After Pugh’s goal, the game opened up from the Courage’s side pressing for the equalizer. Dunn, who made her return to Washington for the first time since playing for them from 2014-2016 leveled the match in the 20th minute. Dunn did great work to follow the play into the box and was able to get off a right-footed volley off a service from Williams from the left flank.

After Dunn opened up scoring for the Courage, Zerboni took note. After a touch from Williams as the two players stood over the ball on a free kick, Zerboni took a right-footed shot in the 24th minute and stole the lead. Zerboni’s finish was to the far left sneaking just past Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Both teams saw several looks on goal before the half, however after the first 45 the visiting Courage held the lead 2-1.

The second half kicked off in similar fashion to the way the first half began, with a goal. However, this time it was the Courage who shook things up early. In the 48th minute Zerboni finished her second on the night off an assist from Kristen Hamilton.

Zerboni finished the match with a brace and two shots on goal. This was the first 2018 match for the Courage that she has scored. In 2017 for the Courage she finished the year with three goals.

After North Carolina went on a three-goal run, the Spirit responded. In the 54th minute the Spirit made a substitution that sent Joanna Lohman off and Havana Solaun on. Solaun didn’t waste any time coming into the game and found herself in a dangerous position out wide after taking an initial corner kick. Solaun collected the ball after her corner kick was poorly cleared and sent a one-time driven ball across the box. Francisca Ordega was crashing into the box and tapped it in to put the game within one for the Spirit.

The game began to open up offensively for both sides, with opportunities growing as time began to tick away. Lynn Williams, who had been a threat out wide all day combined with Dunn in 66th minute to score the Courage’s fourth goal on night.

Williams collected a long ball from Dunn and dribbled with pace centrally. Drawing all of the Spirit defenders she used her pace to explode through and finished near post. Williams and Dunn each finished the match with a goal and an assist.

Although Bledsoe picked up the loss in goal, she finished the game with six saves. Bledsoe leads the league in saves with 20. On the other end, Sabrina D’Angelo got the three points in net with two saves. Before this game the Courage were the only NWSL team that had yet to concede a goal. The Courage lead the league in goals scored currently with six in three games.

The Courage will have a short break before playing midweek on Wednesday, April 18 against Seattle Reign FC. The Spirit will be back in action on Friday, April 20 against the Thorns.

 

Washington Spirit

1

Aubrey Bledsoe

Goalkeeper
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
  84'
5

Whitney Church

Defender
7

Taylor Smith

Defender
11

Mallory Pugh

Midfielder
  75'   3'
6

Andi Sullivan

Midfielder
15

Joanna Lohman

Midfielder
  54'
22

Mallory Eubanks

Striker
  66'
33

Ashley Hatch

Striker
14

Francisca Ordega

Striker
  57'

substitutes

8

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Substitute
  66'
17

Cali Farquharson

Substitute
21

DiDi Haracic

Substitute
23

Tori Huster

Substitute
  75'
12

Morgan Proffitt

Substitute
9

Havana Solaun

Substitute
  54'
88

Tiffany Weimer

Substitute

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

North Carolina Courage

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
  71'
23

Kristen Hamilton

Midfielder
  84'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
  24', 48'
19

Crystal Dunn

Midfielder
  20'
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
  66'
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  66'

substitutes

2

Allysha Chapman

Substitute
  71'
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
  66'
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Substitute
5

Samantha Mewis

Substitute
16

Cari Roccaro

Substitute
1000

Katelyn Rowland

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
  84'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 4.

90'+5'

END 2

Second Half ends, Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 4.

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allysha Chapman (North Carolina Courage).

86'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

84'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Kristen Hamilton.

84'

YELLOW CARD

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84'

FREE KICK WON

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

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit).

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage).

82'

FREE KICK WON

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

79'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

78'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Allysha Chapman.

78'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Taylor Smith.

77'

FREE KICK WON

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

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

76'

OFFSIDE

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

76'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

76'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

75'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Tori Huster replaces Mallory Pugh because of an injury.

75'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74'

START DELAY

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

72'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

71'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Allysha Chapman replaces Merritt Mathias.

70'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

69'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Whitney Church.

68'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Sabrina D'Angelo tries a through ball, but Darian Jenkins is caught offside.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit).

67'

FREE KICK WON

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

66'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Meggie Dougherty Howard replaces Mallory Eubanks.

66'

SUBSTITUTION

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

66'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 4. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

65'

MISS

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

62'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

59'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Mallory Eubanks following a corner.

59'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

57'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 3. Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Havana Solaun following a corner.

57'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Abby Dahlkemper.

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

55'

FREE KICK WON

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun replaces Joanna Lohman.

54'

FREE KICK LOST

Dangerous play by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

54'

FREE KICK WON

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

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

52'

FREE KICK WON

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

51'

OFFSIDE

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

48'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 3. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kristen Hamilton following a corner.

48'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

47'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Andi Sullivan tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

46'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

46'

POST

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

START

Second Half begins Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 2.

45'+3'

END 1

First Half ends, Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 2.

45'+2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mallory Eubanks with a headed pass.

45'+1'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

45'+1'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Whitney Church.

44'

OFFSIDE

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

41'

FREE KICK WON

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

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

33'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

26'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

26'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mallory Pugh with a cross following a corner.

25'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

24'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 2. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit).

22'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Joanna Lohman.

20'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 1. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

20'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

17'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Aubrey Bledsoe.

17'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

15'

FREE KICK WON

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

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Joanna Lohman (Washington Spirit).

11'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

10'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

10'

FREE KICK WON

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

7'

FREE KICK WON

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

7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

6'

FREE KICK LOST

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

6'

FREE KICK WON

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

6'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

6'

FREE KICK WON

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

3'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 0. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

WAS
KO HT FT 90+
54
Solaun 9
Lohman 15
66
Dougherty Howard 8
Eubanks 22
66
Jenkins 21
McDonald 14
71
Chapman 4
Mathias 11
75
Huster 23
Pugh 11
84
Speck 25
Hamilton 23
3
goal

Mallory Pugh 11

20
goal

Crystal Dunn 19

Assisted by: Jessica McDonald 14

24
goal

McCall Zerboni 7

Assisted by: Lynn Williams 9

48
goal

McCall Zerboni 7

Assisted by: Kristen Hamilton 23

57
goal

Francisca Ordega 14

Assisted by: Havana Solaun 9

66
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Crystal Dunn 19

84
yellow card

Estelle Johnson 24

NC

Goals & Assists

3′ Washington Spirit
Mallory Pugh
20′ North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn
Assisted by: Jessica McDonald
24′ North Carolina Courage
McCall Zerboni
Assisted by: Lynn Williams
48′ North Carolina Courage
McCall Zerboni
Assisted by: Kristen Hamilton
57′ Washington Spirit
Francisca Ordega
Assisted by: Havana Solaun
66′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Crystal Dunn

Disciplinary

84′ Washington Spirit
Estelle Johnson

Substitutions

54′ Washington Spirit
  Havana Solaun
  Joanna Lohman
66′ Washington Spirit
  Meggie Dougherty Howard
  Mallory Eubanks
66′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Jessica McDonald
71′ North Carolina Courage
  Allysha Chapman
  Merritt Mathias
75′ Washington Spirit
  Tori Huster
  Mallory Pugh
84′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Kristen Hamilton


WAS

Match Statistics


NC

8
Shots
16
3
Shots On Goal
11
1
Shots Blocked
3
4
Corners
7
10
Crosses
15
1
Offsides
4
7
Fouls
9
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
420
Total Passes
397
71.4%
Passing Accuracy
67.8%
51.2%
Possession
48.8%
77
Duels Won
63
28
Tackles Won
24
7
Saves
1
31
Clearances
16

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
24 D Estelle Johnson 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 M Mallory Pugh 75 1 0 3 1 3 0 3 0
6 M Andi Sullivan 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
15 M Joanna Lohman 54 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
22 F Mallory Eubanks 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
33 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
14 F Francisca Ordega 90 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
8 S Meggie Dougherty Howard 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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
23 S Tori Huster 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Morgan Proffitt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Havana Solaun 36 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
88 S Tiffany Weimer 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 4 16 7 0 0 1 0
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 M Kristen Hamilton 84 0 1 2 2 0 0 2 0
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 2
19 M Crystal Dunn 90 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 2
9 F Lynn Williams 90 1 1 4 2 0 3 2 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 66 0 1 4 3 0 0 0 0
2 S Allysha Chapman 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 S Darian Jenkins 24 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
31 S Kaleigh Kurtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 S Samantha Mewis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Cari Roccaro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1000 S Katelyn Rowland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 6 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 2 8 1 0 0 0 0

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