North Carolina Courage NC

4‑0‑1 , 3‑0‑1 Home

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Final
Wed, Apr 18

Seattle Reign FCSEA

2‑1‑0 , 1‑1‑0 Away

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Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 3,011

Jess McDonald’s goal lifts the Courage over the Reign, 1-0

North Carolina Courage improve to 4-0-0 on the season

Jessica McDonald scored her second goal of the season. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

Jessica McDonald scored in the 70th minute to earn the North Carolina Courage a 1-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC on Wednesday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The Courage now extend their winning streak in 2018 to four games and hold on to the top spot in the league standings with a perfect 4-0-0 record. The Reign suffered their first loss of the season and are 2-1-0.

This midweek match put the league’s top two teams head-to-head, with the Courage in the No. 1 spot after three weeks and the Reign at No. 2. Both sides entered Week 4 after a quick turnaround from Week 3 action where the Courage earned a road win on Saturday beating the Washington Spirit 4-2 and the Reign defeating Sky Blue FC 1-0 on Sunday.

The Courage saw the better end in Week 4 thanks to McDonald’s finish in the 70th minute. McDonald now has 37 NWSL career goals and this was her second of the season. Her goal came from a perfectly weighted through ball from forward Kristen Hamilton. McDonald, who saw a chance like this just minutes before, was able to bury it this go around with her right foot.

The Reign were without Megan Rapinoe on the night due to a left hamstring injury she suffered against Sky Blue FC over the weekend. The March NWSL Player of the Month has been the difference maker for Seattle on the year earning two goals and picking up the Week 1 Player of the Week nod. The Courage on the other hand, were well suited on the night with Crystal Dunn, McDonald, Lynn Williams and Week 3 Player of the Week, McCall Zerboni all starting in the match. Courage midfielder Sam Mewis made her 2018 NWSL debut in the 78th minute subbing in for Hamilton. Mewis has been out all season with a right knee strain. Defender Kaleigh Kurtz was thrown into the mix in her NWSL debut starting at center back, usually where defender Abby Dahlkemper plays alongside Abby Erceg. Dahlkemper was not on the roster for the game, ending her streak of consecutive minutes played at 5,850, an NWSL record.

The first half saw both sides battling for the go-ahead goal. The game was scrappy with the first chance for the Courage coming in the sixth minute after Hamilton drew a foul a few yards outside of the box. Jaelene Hinkle and Zerboni lined up to take the free kick, but rather than striking it like Zerboni did in Week 3 (in her brace against the Spirit) she chipped it looking for a onside McDonald.

Seattle’s earliest chance came minutes later when forward Beverly Yanez got a good look on goal and was able to strike it with her root foot towards the right corner, however Courage goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo made the stop. D’Angelo finished the match with one save and now has three shutouts on the year.

Reign FC had a huge stop in the 18th minute by Kiersten Dallstream. Dallstream made a goal line clearance off of a North Carolina corner kick.

For the Courage it was hard to miss the work from Dunn on the right wing. Aside from getting four shots off (all on goal) she also was dangerous on all sides of the ball working back defensively helping defender Merritt Mathias handle the pressure of Reign forward Jodie Taylor and Dallstream down the flank.

At the half it was scoreless, with neither side able to find the edge. While the Courage led in shots after the first 45, seven to the Reign’s three, Seattle held the advantage in possession with 56.9% to North Carolina’s 43.1%.

The second half kicked off with what would be the story of Courage forward Lynn Williams‘ night. Williams had a chance in the 48th minute off of a through ball from McDonald. Williams picked up her head and looked to shoot left, but the shot went wide.

The best spark of offense for Seattle came in the 67th minute when Jasmyne Spencer entered the game. Spencer came in and immediately put pressure on the Courage, seeing her first chance in the 69th minute off a cross from midfielder Allie Long.

McDonald’s goal came a minute later and put her team up and in what would be control of the remainder of the match.

In the 74th minute Williams had a chance to extend her team’s lead by two, but her shot went high. A minute later, Williams again has another look on goal after a Mathias crossinto the box. Williams got her right foot on it, but the strike was collected by Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos.

In the 78th minute, Williams had another chance. This time the play was started from Mewis, just moments after subbing into the game. Mewis played a wide open through ball to Williams during a fast break, but her right-footed shot was again collected. Williams finished the game with eight shots and two on goal.

Darian Jenkins came into the match for McDonald in the 79th minute and had a chance to put her team up 2-0 when she dribbled with pace down the right flank and eventually cut in to dribble centrally where she got a shot off to the right corner. Betos once again came up with a big save for her side. Betos finished the match with four saves.

Seattle had the edge on possession for the night at 55.3% to North Carolina’s 44.7%, the Reign also held a slightly higher passing accuracy with 72.9% to the Courage’s 70%.

The Courage will have a short break before hosting Utah Royals FC on Saturday April, 21 while the Reign will get a breather before traveling to Orlando to face the Pride on Saturday, April 28.

North Carolina Courage

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
23

Kristen Hamilton

Midfielder
  14'   73'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
19

Crystal Alyssia Dunn

Midfielder
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker
  79'   70'

substitutes

12

Frannie Crouse

Substitute
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Substitute
21

Darian Jenkins

Substitute
  79'
5

Samantha Mewis

Substitute
  73'
16

Cari Roccaro

Substitute
99

Katelyn Rowland

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Seattle Reign FC

18

Michelle Betos

Goalkeeper
21

Christen Westphal

Defender
  18'
2

Yael Averbuch

Defender
4

Megan Oyster

Defender
8

Theresa Nielsen

Defender
6

Allie Long

Defensive Midfielder
10

Jessica Fishlock

Defensive Midfielder
5

Kiersten Dallstream

Attacking Midfielder
  67'
12

Morgan Andrews

Attacking Midfielder
  73'
17

Beverly Yanez

Attacking Midfielder
14

Jodie Taylor

Striker

substitutes

11

Elizabeth Addo

Substitute
  73'
3

Lauren Barnes

Substitute
  18'
26

Madeline Bauer

Substitute
38

Adelaide Gay

Substitute
19

Kristen McNabb

Substitute
22

Jasmyne Spencer

Substitute
  67'

manager

 

Vlatko Andonovski

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Seattle Reign 0.

90'+3'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Seattle Reign 0.

90'+2'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Michelle Betos.

90'+2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

90'+1'

OFFSIDE

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

89'

MISS

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

88'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

88'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darian Jenkins.

88'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle.

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan following a fast break.

85'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Elizabeth Addo (Seattle Reign).

85'

FREE KICK WON

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

83'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Elizabeth Addo (Seattle Reign).

81'

FREE KICK WON

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

81'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

79'

SUBSTITUTION

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

78'

POST

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a through ball following a fast break.

75'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign).

75'

FREE KICK WON

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

75'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

74'

MISS

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

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis replaces Kristen Hamilton.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Elizabeth Addo replaces Morgan Andrews.

72'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Theresa Nielsen (Seattle Reign).

72'

FREE KICK WON

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

70'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Seattle Reign 0. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kristen Hamilton with a through ball.

69'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Allie Long with a cross.

67'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Jasmyne Spencer replaces Kiersten Dallstream.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kiersten Dallstream (Seattle Reign).

67'

FREE KICK WON

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

65'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

63'

FREE KICK WON

Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

60'

OFFSIDE

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

60'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

60'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Jessica Fishlock.

58'

OFFSIDE

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

56'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Lauren Barnes.

53'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Beverly Yanez (Seattle Reign).

53'

FREE KICK WON

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

51'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

50'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Beverly Yanez tries a through ball, but Jodie Taylor is caught offside.

50'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiersten Dallstream with a headed pass.

49'

FREE KICK WON

Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

48'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a through ball.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Seattle Reign 0.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Seattle Reign 0.

45'+1'

MISS

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

42'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Seattle Reign).

42'

FREE KICK WON

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

41'

MISS

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

40'

MISS

Attempt missed. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

39'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

FREE KICK LOST

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

37'

MISS

Attempt missed. Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lauren Barnes with a cross.

36'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

36'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiersten Dallstream.

35'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

33'

FREE KICK WON

Beverly Yanez (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Dangerous play by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

29'

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.

29'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Yael Averbuch tries a through ball, but Jodie Taylor is caught offside.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Seattle Reign).

27'

FREE KICK WON

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

23'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Jessica Fishlock tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

23'

FREE KICK WON

Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

20'

MISS

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

20'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Yael Averbuch.

20'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

18'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Lauren Barnes replaces Christen Westphal because of an injury.

17'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Allie Long.

17'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

16'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Kiersten Dallstream tries a through ball, but Beverly Yanez is caught offside.

14'

YELLOW CARD

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

11'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Morgan Andrews tries a through ball, but Jodie Taylor is caught offside.

10'

FREE KICK WON

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

10'

FREE KICK LOST

Dangerous play by Kiersten Dallstream (Seattle Reign).

10'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Beverly Yanez (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kiersten Dallstream.

7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Theresa Nielsen (Seattle Reign).

7'

FREE KICK WON

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6'

FREE KICK LOST

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

6'

FREE KICK WON

Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2'

FREE KICK WON

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

2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign).

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
18
Lauren Barnes 3
Christen Westphal 21
67
Jasmyne Spencer 22
Kiersten Dallstream 5
73
Samantha Mewis 5
Kristen Hamilton 23
73
Elizabeth Addo 11
Morgan Andrews 12
79
Darian Jenkins 21
Jessica McDonald 14
70
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Kristen Hamilton 23

14
yellow card

Kristen Hamilton 23

SEA

Goals & Assists

70′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Kristen Hamilton

Disciplinary

14′ North Carolina Courage
Kristen Hamilton

Substitutions

18′ Seattle Reign FC
  Lauren Barnes
  Christen Westphal
67′ Seattle Reign FC
  Jasmyne Spencer
  Kiersten Dallstream
73′ North Carolina Courage
  Samantha Mewis
  Kristen Hamilton
73′ Seattle Reign FC
  Elizabeth Addo
  Morgan Andrews
79′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Jessica McDonald


NC

Match Statistics


SEA

22
Shots
5
5
Shots On Goal
1
5
Shots Blocked
2
6
Corners
1
25
Crosses
8
3
Offsides
5
11
Fouls
9
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
347
Total Passes
457
70.0%
Passing Accuracy
72.9%
44.7%
Possession
55.3%
74
Duels Won
79
11
Tackles Won
20
1
Saves
4
11
Clearances
22

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 4
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
31 D Kaleigh Kurtz 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
23 M Kristen Hamilton 73 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
19 M Crystal Alyssia Dunn 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 3 1
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 79 1 0 3 3 0 2 0 0
12 S Frannie Crouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Elizabeth Eddy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S Darian Jenkins 11 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
5 S Samantha Mewis 17 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
16 S Cari Roccaro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
99 S Katelyn Rowland 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
1 G Sabrina D’Angelo 90 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
21 D Christen Westphal 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 D Yael Averbuch 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Megan Oyster 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 D Theresa Nielsen 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
6 DM Allie Long 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4
10 DM Jessica Fishlock 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
5 AM Kiersten Dallstream 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
12 AM Morgan Andrews 73 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
17 AM Beverly Yanez 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1
14 F Jodie Taylor 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
11 S Elizabeth Addo 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
3 S Lauren Barnes 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
26 S Madeline Bauer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 S Adelaide Gay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Kristen McNabb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 S Jasmyne Spencer 23 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
18 G Michelle Betos 90 1 22 4 0 0 0 0