North Carolina Courage NC

13‑5‑0 , 8‑2‑0 Home

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Final
Sat, Jul 1

Sky Blue FCNJ

8‑9‑2 , 3‑6‑1 Away

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Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 3,056

Sam Kerr leads Sky Blue FC to late 1-0 win in North Carolina

Kerr scored her sixth goal of the season in the 84th minute

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Sam Kerr celebrates her goal with Kelley O'Hara and Maya Hayes in North Carolina. (Photo credit: Andy Mead for isiphotos.com)

Sky Blue FC stole three points on the road against the North Carolina Courage thanks to a late finish from reigning back-to-back Player of the Month Sam Kerr. The 1-0 defeat is North Carolina’s fourth loss of the season, as Sky Blue moves to 6-6-1 and 19 points through Week 11 — good enough for third place on the table. While that might change after Saturday’s late game between Portland Thorns FC and Seattle Reign FC, it was clear that the win on the road was a massive one for the Jersey side.

“I don’t like losing twice in a row,” Kerr said after the match.

Defender Christie Pearce kept things scoreless early, blocking a shot from Courage forward Makenzy Doniak. Doniak had beaten Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, but Pearce was in the right place to put her body on the line.

Both teams were cagey for most of the the first half, but in the second it looked like Courage midfielder Samantha Mewis would earn the chance to put her team ahead at home. She drew a penalty from Sheridan in the box, but Sheridan saved her right-footed shot that was in the center of the goal.

With the save and the eventual 1-0 scoreline, Sheridan earned the shut out in North Carolina. After the match, Sheridan said “It’s been a really tough week for us. Three top teams, three days apart — that’s insane. This team really held it together.”

Forward Jessica McDonald made her return from injury (left hamstring strain) for North Carolina in the 70th minute, and immediately made her mark on the game during the 73rd minute.

Ultimately, the game was settled by— who else — Sam Kerr. Her sixth goal of the season all started with the fresh legs of Sky Blue substitute Leah Galton. Her cross found Maya Hayes, who flicked it to the back post. Kerr was ready and waiting with an empty net in front of her for the emphatic finish.

While the Courage picked up the pressure after conceding the goal, Sky Blue and Sheridan withstood the home team’s late push for an equalizer.

North Carolina will get another chance to pick up points at home next Saturday when they host Seattle Reign FC at Sahlen’s Stadium. Sky Blue FC will surely enjoy some downtime this week, and return to New Jersey for July 8’s game against Seattle Reign FC.

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
25

Meredith Speck

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Taylor Smith

Defender
3

Makenzy Doniak

Midfielder
  70'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
10

Débora Cristiane de Oliveira

Midfielder
12

Ashley Hatch

Forward
23

Kristen Hamilton

Forward
  33'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Substitute
  83'
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Substitute
14

Jessica McDonald

Substitute
  70'
22

Stephanie Ochs

Substitute
9

Lynn Williams

Substitute
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute
  80'   33'   83'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
33

Erin Simon

Defender
  25'
3

Christie Pearce

Defender
8

Erica Skroski

Defender
  67'   78'
19

Kelley O'Hara

Defender
73

Madison Tiernan

Midfielder
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
11

Raquel Rodriguez

Midfielder
  63'
10

Daphne Corboz

Midfielder
5

Maya Hayes

Forward
20

Samantha Kerr

Forward
  84'

substitutes

27

Caroline Casey

Substitute
22

Mandy Freeman

Substitute
  25'
21

Leah Galton

Substitute
  78'
6

Taylor Lytle

Substitute
2

McKenzie Meehan

Substitute
17

Dominique Richardson

Substitute
7

Nikki Stanton

Substitute
  63'

manager

 

Christy Holly

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 1.

90'+7'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 1.

90'+6'

FREE KICK WON

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+6'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Elizabeth Eddy (North Carolina Courage).

90'+5'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

90'+5'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+5'

FREE KICK WON

Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+5'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

90'+5'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90'+4'

START DELAY

Delay in match Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) because of an injury.

90'+4'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Samantha Kerr.

90'+4'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

90'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

90'+3'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

90'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Mandy Freeman.

89'

OFFSIDE

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

87'

FREE KICK WON

Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

86'

FREE KICK WON

Christie Pearce (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

86'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

86'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Madison Tiernan.

84'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 1. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Maya Hayes.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Elizabeth Eddy replaces Samantha Witteman.

81'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

81'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Madison Tiernan.

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Maya Hayes (Sky Blue).

80'

FREE KICK WON

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

80'

YELLOW CARD

Samantha Witteman (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79'

FREE KICK WON

Leah Galton (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Witteman (North Carolina Courage).

79'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Leah Galton replaces Erica Skroski.

75'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Sky Blue).

75'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Samantha Kerr tries a through ball, but Maya Hayes is caught offside.

74'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Erica Skroski (Sky Blue).

74'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73'

MISS

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

72'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Erica Skroski.

70'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Maya Hayes (Sky Blue).

70'

FREE KICK WON

Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Jessica McDonald replaces Makenzy Doniak.

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue).

68'

FREE KICK WON

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

68'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

67'

YELLOW CARD

Erica Skroski (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Erica Skroski (Sky Blue).

67'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Witteman (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66'

MISS

Attempt missed. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daphne Corboz.

63'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Nikki Stanton replaces Raquel Rodríguez.

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

60'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Meredith Speck.

58'

OFFSIDE

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

56'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Erica Skroski (Sky Blue).

56'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Witteman (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54'

PENALTY SAVED

Penalty saved! Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

53'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue) after a foul in the penalty area.

53'

PENALTY WON

Penalty North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis draws a foul in the penalty area.

52'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

49'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage).

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Debinha.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+5'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Sky Blue 0.

45'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

45'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Maya Hayes tries a through ball, but Samantha Kerr is caught offside.

35'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by McCall Zerboni.

34'

MISS

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

33'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Witteman replaces Kristen Hamilton because of an injury.

33'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30'

START DELAY

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

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue).

27'

FREE KICK WON

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

25'

FREE KICK WON

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

25'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Mandy Freeman replaces Erin Simon because of an injury.

23'

CORNER

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

23'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Sky Blue).

20'

MISS

Attempt missed. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

18'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

18'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daphne Corboz.

17'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

17'

FREE KICK WON

Maya Hayes (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meredith Speck (North Carolina Courage).

15'

FREE KICK WON

Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper.

14'

POST

Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

14'

MISS

Attempt missed. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

13'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kristen Hamilton.

6'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kristen Hamilton.

5'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

5'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
25
Mandy Freeman 22
Erin Simon 33
33
Sam Witteman 26
Kristen Hamilton 23
63
Nikki Stanton 7
Raquel Rodriguez 11
70
Jessica McDonald 14
Makenzy Doniak 3
78
Leah Galton 21
Erica Skroski 8
83
Elizabeth Eddy 4
Sam Witteman 26
84
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Maya Hayes 5

67
yellow card

Erica Skroski 8

80
yellow card

Sam Witteman 26

NJ

Goals & Assists

84′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Maya Hayes

Disciplinary

67′ Sky Blue FC
Erica Skroski
80′ North Carolina Courage
Sam Witteman

Substitutions

25′ Sky Blue FC
  Mandy Freeman
  Erin Simon
33′ North Carolina Courage
  Sam Witteman
  Kristen Hamilton
63′ Sky Blue FC
  Nikki Stanton
  Raquel Rodriguez
70′ North Carolina Courage
  Jessica McDonald
  Makenzy Doniak
78′ Sky Blue FC
  Leah Galton
  Erica Skroski
83′ North Carolina Courage
  Elizabeth Eddy
  Sam Witteman


NC

Match Statistics


NJ

15
Shots
7
5
Shots On Goal
2
3
Shots Blocked
1
6
Corners
1
15
Crosses
7
2
Offsides
2
12
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
370
Total Passes
486
71.1%
Passing Accuracy
80.7%
44%
Possession
56%
51
Duels Won
42
16
Tackles Won
16
1
Saves
4
10
Clearances
29

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
25 D Meredith Speck 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
11 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
3 M Makenzy Doniak 70 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
5 M Samantha Mewis 90 0 0 5 5 0 0 1 2
10 M Débora Cristiane de Oliveira 90 0 0 2 2 3 0 0 2
12 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 3 3 0 1 1 2
23 F Kristen Hamilton 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Elizabeth Eddy 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 S Jaelene Hinkle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Jessica McDonald 20 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
22 S Stephanie Ochs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Lynn Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Sam Witteman 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
33 D Erin Simon 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D Christie Pearce 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
8 D Erica Skroski 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
19 D Kelley O'Hara 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
73 M Madison Tiernan 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2
16 M Sarah Killion 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
11 M Raquel Rodriguez 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
10 M Daphne Corboz 90 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0
5 F Maya Hayes 90 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 2
20 F Samantha Kerr 90 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 S Mandy Freeman 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 S Leah Galton 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 S Taylor Lytle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S McKenzie Meehan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Dominique Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 S Nikki Stanton 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 0 15 4 1 1 1 1