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Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

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Zerboni and the Courage host Marta and the Pride Saturday (4 p.m. ET)

North Carolina is off to a perfect start this season

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North Carolina midfielder McCall Zerboni scored the first goal in Courage history in Week 1. (Photo credit: Andy Mead SOURCE:isiphotos.com)

Saturday, 4 p.m. ET | Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park | Cary, N.C.

McCall Zerboni and the North Carolina Courage look to extend their perfect start to the season when they welcome Marta and the Orlando Pride to town Saturday afternoon.

Zerboni scored the first goal in club history to lead the Courage to their inaugural win in Week 1 and the veteran midfielder followed up that effort with another instrumental performance in Week 2 with a game-high seven tackles to help North Carolina earn a 1-0 home victory over the Portland Thorns.

Brazil international Debinha scored her first NWSL goal to give her new team the win and goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo needed to make just one save to record her second clean sheet of 2017 – and match her total for all of last year – as the Courage became the first club in NWSL history to start a season with back-to-back shutouts.

North Carolina have allowed just one shot on target in 180 minutes of play so far this year as they have turned in a dominant defensive display to start the season exemplified by Zerboni’s gritty show against the high-powered Thorns in Week 2.

Courage coach Paul Riley will be eager to see his backline maintain their strong start with Abby Dahlkemper continuing to make her presence felt with a game-high 82 touches and 53 total passes last week against Portland.

Brazil international Rosana and Ashley Hatch, the No. 2 overall selection at the 2017 NWSL College Draft, both made their NWSL debuts as second-half substitutes in Week 2 as the Courage look to incorporate their talented offseason acquisitions and Riley will hope to have all cylinders continuing to fire Saturday against the visiting Pride.

Orlando comes into the contest after salvaging a 1-1 draw against the Washington Spirit in Week 2 with rookie forward Danica Evans coming off the bench to score the game-tying goal in the 86th minute in her second professional appearance.

Tom Sermanni’s side were one of just two teams to rescue points from losing positions at the 85-minute mark last season – and he will be happy to have seen that resilience again this year, but the coach will also want to see the Pride snap a club-worst 10 game winless streak.

It is the fourth run of at least 10 games without a victory in the history of the league and three games shy of equaling the all-time mark set by the Spirit in 2013.

Top Goals

FIRST CAREER NWSL GOALS

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE BEAT PORTLAND THORNS FC 1-0

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS: NC COURAGE DEFEATS WASHINGTON SPIRIT 1-0

North Carolina Courage

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
20

Yuri Kawamura

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
5

Samantha Mewis

Defensive Midfielder
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Midfielder
3

Makenzy Doniak

Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Attacking Midfielder
10

Debinha de Oliveira

Attacking Midfielder
9

Lynn Williams

Striker
14

Jessica McDonald

Striker

substitutes

99

Katelyn Rowland

Substitute
11

Taylor Smith

Substitute
12

Ashley Hatch

Substitute
17

Courtney Niemiec

Substitute
23

Kristen Hamilton

Substitute
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Orlando Pride

24

Ashlyn Harris

Goalkeeper
7

Steph Catley

Defender
14

Alanna Kennedy

Defender
5

Laura Alleway

Defender
11

Ali Krieger

Defender
12

Kristen Edmonds

Midfielder
21

Monica Hickmann Alves

Midfielder
9

Camila Martins Pereira

Midfielder
23

Jasmyne Spencer

Striker
6

Chioma Ubogagu

Striker
10

Marta Vieira da Silva

Striker

substitutes

3

Toni Pressley

Substitute
4

Jamia Fields

Substitute
8

Danica Evans

Substitute
17

Dani Weatherholt

Substitute
18

Maddy Evans

Substitute
19

Aubrey Bledsoe

Substitute
20

Nickolette Driesse

Substitute

manager

 

Tom Sermanni

Manager
 

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Match Statistics


ORL

0
Shots
0
0
Shots On Goal
0
0
Shots Blocked
0
0
Corners
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Offsides
0
0
Fouls
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Total Passes
0
0
Passes Completed
0
0
Possession
0
0
Duels Won
0
0
Tackles Won
0
0
Saves
0
0
Clearances
0

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
20 D Yuri Kawamura 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DM Samantha Mewis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 M Jaelene Hinkle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 M Makenzy Doniak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 AM McCall Zerboni 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 AM Debinha de Oliveira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 F Lynn Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 F Jessica McDonald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
99 S Katelyn Rowland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Taylor Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Ashley Hatch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Courtney Niemiec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Kristen Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Sam Witteman 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 D Steph Catley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 D Alanna Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D Laura Alleway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 D Ali Krieger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 M Kristen Edmonds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 M Monica Hickmann Alves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 M Camila Martins Pereira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 F Jasmyne Spencer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Chioma Ubogagu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 F Marta Vieira da Silva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 S Toni Pressley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Jamia Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 S Danica Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Dani Weatherholt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Maddy Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Aubrey Bledsoe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 S Nickolette Driesse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Ashlyn Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0