North Carolina Courage NC

10‑1‑3 , 4‑1‑2 Home

2
Final
Sat, Apr 21

Utah Royals FCUTA

4‑3‑5 , 2‑2‑3 Away

2

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 3,958

Courage and Utah Royals FC draw 2-2

Four different players scored in the draw

Crystal Dunn scored for the Courage in their draw against the visiting Utah Royals FC.

The North Carolina Courage and Utah Royals FC tied 2-2 on a sunny day in Cary, North Carolina at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in front of 3,958 fans.

Utah Royals FC snapped the No. 1 Courage’s winning streak and earned a big point on the road after falling in their season opener in Week 3 to the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 on Saturday, April 14. The Courage earned three points just three days ago, after a 1-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC in a Wednesday night meeting. The Courage entered Saturday’s Game of the Week with their eyes on a perfect 5-0-0 start to the season. Splitting points at home with Utah Royals FC put the Courage at 4-0-1 in league play and Utah Royals FC improve to 0-1-3. Utah Royals FC are still in search of their first win in club history. 

The Courage got on the scoreboard early thanks to a Merritt Mathias strike in just the sixth minute of play. “Oh my goodness” was heard throughout the stadium after Mathias’ blast put her team up 1-0. The North Carolina defender struck the ball after an Abby Dahlkemper corner kick was poorly cleared by Utah midfielder Desiree Scott. Mathias struck it one time from far out and it shot it past Utah Royals FC goalkeeper Abby Smith into the upper-90.

Mathias’ strike set the tone for the first half. The Courage controlled the tempo of the first 45 minutes earning a 53.5% possession to Utah’s 46.5%. The Courage also dominated in shots with six to the Utah’s one. The Courage rode out the 1-0 lead throughout the first half with forward Jess McDonald seeing a chance to extend her team’s lead by two in the 23rd minute. Crystal Dunn who entered Saturday’s game as second in the league in chances created with 11, served McDonald a driven ball on a platter. McDonald was able to get her head on it, however she was unable to direct it properly and saw it hit off of her head wide. The chances continued to come for the hosting side with the Courage earning six corners by the 26th minute mark. Dahlkemper and defender Jalene Hinkle alternated on taking corner kicks– Dahlkemper’s service was more out-swinging and Hinkle’s looked far post. Utah Royals FC were able to keep the crashing Courage offense off the board for the rest of the first half despite being pressured the entire half defensively.

The second half took a different tone, as Utah Royals FC equalized in the 52nd minute of play off forward Katie Stengel’s header goal.

Dahlkemper and Rowland seemed to have miscommunicated on a play that where Dahlkemper attempted to clear a long ball with a header, however Rowland was way off her line also looking like she was trying to collect it. This is when Stengel turned on her jets and followed the play through eventually knocking one home for her side. Before this game, Utah Royals FC had not scored a goal in 267 minutes of play. Finally, Stengel broke that streak and buried one for the big equalizer, also her first of the season.

The Courage had only conceded two goals up until Stengel’s goal and found themselves trailing for the first time all year after Utah Royals FC forward Brittany Ratcliffe rocketed one in from outside the box in the 66th minute. The Courage suffered another mishap in the back which eventually led to Ratcliffe’s goal. Defender Abby Erceg played the ball back to Rowland for the clearance, however Rowland’s clearance went right to the foot of Ratcliffe outside of the box. Ratcliffe collected the ball, took a few touches, then struck it from the right side into the near high corner for the 2-1 lead.

At this point of the match Utah Royals FC were on pace for their first win of 2018, while the Courage were scraping to get out of their first loss of the year.

The Courage made a sub in the 66th minute which sent Kristen Hamilton out and midfielder Samanatha Mewis in. Mewis made her 2018 debut in Wednesday’s match after missing the first three games of the season with a right knee injury. Utah Royals FC also made big substitutions as well. In the 69th minute Amy Rodriguez and Elise Thorsnes entered the game. Rodriguez made her 2018 NWSL debut in Utah Royals FC’s home opener in Week 3. In the 74th minute Rodriguez looked like she would extend her team’s lead by two, but Rowland was able to collect it and keep the game within one.

The Courage would not go down without a fight, and in pure Courage fashion in the 80th minute they put the pressure on. Midfielder Denise O’Sullivan, who earned possession 12 times on the day for her team, played a driven through ball over Utah’s backline. Dunn and Lynn Wiliams were both crashing the net and goalkeeper Smith ran out of her box to get a foot on it and clear. Smith, in an attempt to kick it away missed it and the ball deflected off of her into the stride of Dunn. Dunn earned the equalizer for her team.

Dunn now has two goals on the year and is tied with McDonald and Zerboni for most goals on the team.

The game concluded with Utah Royals FC holding a slightly higher full-time possession percent at 51.2% to the Courage’s 48.8%. The Courage will return to action on Saturday, April 28 at Houston, and Utah Royals FC will seek their first win of the year when they welcome Portland Thorns FC to Rio Tinto on Saturday, April 28 for Week 5.

North Carolina Courage

0

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
  87'
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
  6'
19

Crystal Dunn

Attacker
  80'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  86'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
23

Kristen Hamilton

Attacker
  17'   66'
9

Lynn Williams

Attacker
14

Jessica McDonald

Attacker
  55'
1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Midfielder
  86'
21

Darian Jenkins

Attacker
  55'
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Defender
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
  66'
16

Cari Roccaro

Defender
25

Meredith Speck

Defender

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Utah Royals FC

1

Abby Smith

Goalkeeper
5

Kelley O'Hara

Defender
  69'
4

Becky Sauerbrunn

Defender
2

Rachel Corsie

Defender
17

Sydney Miramontez

Defender
23

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir

Midfielder
11

Desiree Scott

Midfielder
6

Katie Bowen

Midfielder
9

Lo’eau LaBonta

Midfielder
  69'
25

Brittany Ratcliffe

Attacker
  28'   85'   66'
24

Katie Stengel

Attacker
  52'
18

Nicole Barnhart

Goalkeeper
12

Taylor Lytle

Midfielder
10

Diana Matheson

Midfielder
  85'
3

Rebecca Moros

Midfielder
8

Amy Rodriguez

Attacker
  69'
20

Elise Thorsnes

Attacker
  69'
15

Erika Tymrak

Midfielder

manager

 

Laura Harvey

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Utah Royals 2.

90'+3'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Utah Royals 2.

87'

YELLOW CARD

Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

87'

FREE KICK WON

Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Elizabeth Eddy replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Diana Matheson (Utah Royals).

86'

FREE KICK WON

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

85'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Diana Matheson replaces Brittany Ratcliffe.

84'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross following a set piece situation.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Elise Thorsnes (Utah Royals).

83'

FREE KICK WON

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

82'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Utah Royals. Rachel Corsie tries a through ball, but Amy Rodriguez is caught offside.

80'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Utah Royals 2. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

74'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Amy Rodriguez replaces Lo'eau LaBonta.

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Utah Royals. Elise Thorsnes replaces Kelley O'Hara.

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Brittany Ratcliffe (Utah Royals).

66'

SUBSTITUTION

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

66'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Utah Royals 2. Brittany Ratcliffe (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

63'

FREE KICK WON

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

63'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katie Stengel (Utah Royals).

62'

OFFSIDE

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

58'

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. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

57'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir.

56'

FREE KICK WON

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

56'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katie Bowen (Utah Royals).

55'

SUBSTITUTION

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

52'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Utah Royals 1. Katie Stengel (Utah Royals) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

50'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

49'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Rachel Corsie.

49'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

48'

OFFSIDE

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

47'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Utah Royals. Katie Bowen tries a through ball, but Brittany Ratcliffe is caught offside.

47'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

47'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 1, Utah Royals 0.

45'+3'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Utah Royals 0.

45'+1'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kristen Hamilton.

43'

FREE KICK WON

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

43'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals).

37'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

33'

FREE KICK WON

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

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Desiree Scott (Utah Royals).

30'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir.

29'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28'

START DELAY

Delay in match Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

28'

YELLOW CARD

Brittany Ratcliffe (Utah Royals) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27'

FREE KICK WON

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

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Brittany Ratcliffe (Utah Royals).

27'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross following a corner.

26'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

26'

FREE KICK WON

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

26'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lo'eau LaBonta (Utah Royals).

25'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

25'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Rachel Corsie.

23'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a cross.

22'

OFFSIDE

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

19'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

19'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir.

17'

YELLOW CARD

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

17'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

17'

FREE KICK WON

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir.

15'

FREE KICK WON

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

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katie Stengel (Utah Royals).

8'

FREE KICK WON

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

8'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katie Bowen (Utah Royals).

6'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Utah Royals 0. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner.

6'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

4'

FREE KICK LOST

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

4'

FREE KICK WON

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Utah Royals) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
55
Darian Jenkins 21
Jessica McDonald 14
66
Samantha Mewis 5
Kristen Hamilton 23
69
Elise Thorsnes 20
Kelley O'Hara 5
69
Amy Rodriguez 8
Lo’eau LaBonta 9
85
Diana Matheson 10
Brittany Ratcliffe 25
86
Elizabeth Eddy 4
Denise O'Sullivan 8
6
goal

Merritt Mathias 11

52
goal

Katie Stengel 24

66
goal

Brittany Ratcliffe 25

80
goal

Crystal Dunn 19

17
yellow card

Kristen Hamilton 23

28
yellow card

Brittany Ratcliffe 25

87
yellow card

Abby Dahlkemper 13

UTA

Goals & Assists

6′ North Carolina Courage
Merritt Mathias
52′ Utah Royals FC
Katie Stengel
66′ Utah Royals FC
Brittany Ratcliffe
80′ North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn

Disciplinary

17′ North Carolina Courage
Kristen Hamilton
28′ Utah Royals FC
Brittany Ratcliffe
87′ North Carolina Courage
Abby Dahlkemper

Substitutions

55′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Jessica McDonald
66′ North Carolina Courage
  Samantha Mewis
  Kristen Hamilton
69′ Utah Royals FC
  Elise Thorsnes
  Kelley O'Hara
69′ Utah Royals FC
  Amy Rodriguez
  Lo’eau LaBonta
85′ Utah Royals FC
  Diana Matheson
  Brittany Ratcliffe
86′ North Carolina Courage
  Elizabeth Eddy
  Denise O'Sullivan


NC

Match Statistics


UTA

10
Shots
4
5
Shots On Goal
4
0
Shots Blocked
0
10
Corners
0
30
Crosses
7
3
Offsides
2
5
Fouls
11
2
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
385
Total Passes
432
64.9%
Passing Accuracy
65.7%
48.4%
Possession
51.6%
61
Duels Won
41
21
Tackles Won
16
2
Saves
3
7
Clearances
27

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
19 Crystal Dunn 90 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 3
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
23 Kristen Hamilton 66 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
9 Lynn Williams 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
14 Jessica McDonald 55 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0
4 M Elizabeth Eddy 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Darian Jenkins 35 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 D Kaleigh Kurtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 M Samantha Mewis 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 D Cari Roccaro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 D Meredith Speck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
0 G Katelyn Rowland 90 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
1 G Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D Kelley O'Hara 69 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
4 D Becky Sauerbrunn 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 D Rachel Corsie 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 D Sydney Miramontez 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 M Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
11 M Desiree Scott 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6 M Katie Bowen 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
9 M Lo’eau LaBonta 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 Brittany Ratcliffe 85 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0
24 Katie Stengel 90 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0
12 M Taylor Lytle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 M Diana Matheson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 M Rebecca Moros 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Amy Rodriguez 21 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
20 Elise Thorsnes 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 M Erika Tymrak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Abby Smith 90 2 10 3 0 0 0 0
18 G Nicole Barnhart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0