Washington Spirit WAS

5‑15‑4 , 3‑7‑2 Home

2
Final
Wed, Aug 30

North Carolina CourageNC

16‑7‑1 , 7‑4‑1 Away

3

Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex

Boyds, Maryland

Attendance: 2,365

Courage clinch spot in the NWSL Playoffs; McDonald tallies brace

It's North Carolina's 14th win of the season

North Carolina Courage forward Jess McDonald scored twice vs. the Spirit. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The North Carolina Courage became the first team to clinch a spot in the NWSL Playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Washington Spirit on Wednesday night at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Courage forward Jess McDonald scored twice in the comeback win.

With the victory, North Carolina (14-5-0, 42 points) became the second team in NWSL history to win 14 games. With five games left to play, they are two games shy of tying the record of 16 wins set by Seattle Reign FC in 2014 (also set in a 24 game season, like 2017). It’s also the first time the Courage have won a game after conceding first.

Courage midfielder Sam Mewis scored in first half stoppage time to level the match after North Carolina fell behind 1-0 on an 8th minute goal by Spirit midfielder EstefanÌa Banini. Mewis’ goal came as the result of a free kick, awarded after Spirit midfielder Tori Huster earned a yellow card for a foul on Courage forward Kristen Hamilton near midfield.

Defender Abby Dahlkemper took the ensuing free kick, sending it long into the box where Mewis out-jumped everyone and headed it past Spirit goalkeeper Didi Haracic for her fifth goal of the season.

The Courage made it 2-1 in the 61st minute on another set piece. McDonald was fouled on the right wing by Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky to set up the free kick. This time it was taken by Jaelene Hinkle, whose kick was headed in by McDonald for her 34th career goal.

McDonald would need just five minutes to get her brace, scoring in the 66th minute off an assist from Lynn Williams.

With her two goals Wednesday night, McDonald moved past Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press into second place all-time in the NWSL with 35 career goals. She trails only Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerrs 42 goals for most in league history.

Spirit forward Cheyna Williams scored in the 73rd minute to pull Washington to within a goal, but that was as close as Washington would get in the game.

Francisca Ordega, who recorded the assist on the goal, looked like she was possibly injured on the play, but she stayed in the game until leaving in the 87th minute. Because the Spirit were out of subs, they finished the match with 10 players on the field.

Banini gave the Spirit an early lead, scoring in the 8th minute on a rebound after a shot by Williams.

Spirit defender Estelle Johnson was subbed out in the 52nd minute after appearing to injure her left leg on a non-contact play.

The Courage will try to earn win No. 15 and work on securing a home playoff game this weekend when they visit the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday.

The Spirit, who have already been eliminated from the playoffs, will head to Portland to take on the Thorns on Saturday.

Washington Spirit

21

DiDi Haracic

Goalkeeper
22

Alyssa Kleiner

Defender
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
  52'
5

Whitney Church

Defender
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
23

Tori Huster

Defensive Midfielder
  45'
17

Cali Farquharson

Midfielder
  23'   59'
10

Estefanía Banini

Midfielder
  8'
29

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Midfielder
11

Mallory Pugh

Midfielder
  76'
20

Cheyna Williams

Forward
  73'

substitutes

8

Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew

Substitute
14

Francisca Ordega

Substitute
  59'
12

Morgan Proffitt

Substitute
9

Havana Solaun

Substitute
  76'
18

Kelsey Wys

Substitute
4

Shelina Zadorsky

Substitute
  52'

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Taylor Smith

Defender
7

McCall Zerboni

Defensive Midfielder
5

Samantha Mewis

Defensive Midfielder
  45 + 1'
23

Kristen Hamilton

Attacking Midfielder
  90 + 1'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Attacking Midfielder
  72'
14

Jessica McDonald

Attacking Midfielder
  80'   61', 66'
9

Lynn Williams

Forward

substitutes

3

Makenzy Doniak

Substitute
  90 + 1'
12

Ashley Hatch

Substitute
  80'
2

Nora Holstad Berge

Substitute
22

Stephanie Ochs

Substitute
18

Caroline Stanley

Substitute
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute
10

Débora Cristiane de Oliveira

Substitute
  72'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 3.

90'+8'

END 2

Second Half ends, Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 3.

90'+2'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Cheyna Williams.

90'+1'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Makenzy Doniak replaces Kristen Hamilton.

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Alyssa Kleiner (Washington Spirit).

90'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

87'

PLAYER RETIRED

Francisca Ordega went off injured after Washington Spirit had used all subs.

87'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86'

START DELAY

Delay in match Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

84'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Alyssa Kleiner.

84'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun tries a through ball, but Caprice Dydasco is caught offside.

81'

OFFSIDE

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

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

81'

FREE KICK WON

Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Ashley Hatch replaces Jessica McDonald.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Dangerous play by Debinha (North Carolina Courage).

79'

FREE KICK WON

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

78'

OFFSIDE

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

76'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Havana Solaun replaces Mallory Pugh.

75'

START DELAY

Delay in match Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

75'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

75'

FREE KICK WON

Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74'

OFFSIDE

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

73'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 2, North Carolina Courage 3. Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

72'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Debinha replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

71'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

70'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Tori Huster.

70'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by DiDi Haracic.

68'

MISS

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

66'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 3. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

64'

MISS

Attempt missed. Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mallory Pugh with a cross.

62'

OFFSIDE

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

61'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 2. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross following a set piece situation.

60'

FREE KICK WON

Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit).

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

60'

FREE KICK WON

Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Francisca Ordega replaces Cali Farquharson.

59'

MISS

Attempt missed. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Samantha Mewis.

56'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55'

FREE KICK WON

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

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

54'

FREE KICK LOST

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

54'

FREE KICK WON

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

53'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Tori Huster tries a through ball, but Cheyna Williams is caught offside.

53'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Abby Erceg with a headed pass following a corner.

52'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

52'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Shelina Zadorsky replaces Estelle Johnson because of an injury.

52'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48'

START DELAY

Delay in match Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

48'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Alyssa Kleiner.

48'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

47'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

START

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

45'+2'

END 1

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

45'+1'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 1. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper following a set piece situation.

45'

YELLOW CARD

Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45'

FREE KICK WON

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tori Huster (Washington Spirit).

45'

OFFSIDE

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

44'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

42'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Mallory Pugh tries a through ball, but Cheyna Williams is caught offside.

41'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Estelle Johnson tries a through ball, but Cheyna Williams is caught offside.

38'

FREE KICK WON

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

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

35'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

35'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mallory Pugh.

31'

OFFSIDE

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

30'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

28'

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.

27'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Alyssa Kleiner.

25'

MISS

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

23'

YELLOW CARD

Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23'

FREE KICK WON

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

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit).

20'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

16'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

16'

FREE KICK WON

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Mallory Pugh tries a through ball, but Meggie Dougherty Howard is caught offside.

15'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Caprice Dydasco tries a through ball, but Cheyna Williams is caught offside.

14'

MISS

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

14'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Cali Farquharson.

13'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Whitney Church.

13'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Erceg with a headed pass.

12'

FREE KICK WON

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

12'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit).

12'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper.

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a cross following a corner.

11'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

9'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

9'

FREE KICK WON

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

8'

GOAL

Goal! Washington Spirit 1, North Carolina Courage 0. Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

8'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Taylor Smith.

5'

MISS

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

4'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a headed pass.

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

3'

FREE KICK WON

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

3'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by McCall Zerboni.

2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

WAS
KO HT FT 90+
52
Shelina Zadorsky 4
Estelle Johnson 24
59
Francisca Ordega 14
Cali Farquharson 17
72
Débora Cristiane de Oliveira 10
Denise O'Sullivan 8
76
Havana Solaun 9
Mallory Pugh 11
80
Ashley Hatch 12
Jessica McDonald 14
90 +1
Makenzy Doniak 3
Kristen Hamilton 23
8
goal

Estefanía Banini 10

45 +1
goal

Samantha Mewis 5

Assisted by: Abby Dahlkemper 13

61
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle 15

66
goal

Jessica McDonald 14

Assisted by: Lynn Williams 9

73
goal

Cheyna Williams 20

23
yellow card

Cali Farquharson 17

45
yellow card

Tori Huster 23

NC

Goals & Assists

8′ Washington Spirit
Estefanía Banini
45 + 1′ North Carolina Courage
Samantha Mewis
Assisted by: Abby Dahlkemper
61′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Jaelene Hinkle
66′ North Carolina Courage
Jessica McDonald
Assisted by: Lynn Williams
73′ Washington Spirit
Cheyna Williams

Disciplinary

23′ Washington Spirit
Cali Farquharson
45′ Washington Spirit
Tori Huster

Substitutions

52′ Washington Spirit
  Shelina Zadorsky
  Estelle Johnson
59′ Washington Spirit
  Francisca Ordega
  Cali Farquharson
72′ North Carolina Courage
  Débora Cristiane de Oliveira
  Denise O'Sullivan
76′ Washington Spirit
  Havana Solaun
  Mallory Pugh
80′ North Carolina Courage
  Ashley Hatch
  Jessica McDonald
90 + 1′ North Carolina Courage
  Makenzy Doniak
  Kristen Hamilton


WAS

Match Statistics


NC

6
Shots
21
4
Shots On Goal
7
1
Shots Blocked
4
2
Corners
11
5
Crosses
19
6
Offsides
6
7
Fouls
8
2
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
381
Total Passes
392
63.5%
Passing Accuracy
65.6%
48.5%
Possession
51.5%
46
Duels Won
57
18
Tackles Won
14
4
Saves
2
26
Clearances
11

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
22 D Alyssa Kleiner 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 D Estelle Johnson 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 DM Tori Huster 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
17 M Cali Farquharson 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 M Estefanía Banini 90 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
29 M Meggie Dougherty Howard 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
11 M Mallory Pugh 76 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1
20 F Cheyna Williams 90 1 0 3 3 0 4 0 1
8 S Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Francisca Ordega 28 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 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Kelsey Wys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Shelina Zadorsky 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
21 G DiDi Haracic 90 3 21 4 0 0 0 0
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 1 0 0 7 0 0 0
11 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
7 DM McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1
5 DM Samantha Mewis 90 1 0 2 2 3 0 0 0
23 AM Kristen Hamilton 89 0 0 6 6 0 0 2 4
8 AM Denise O'Sullivan 72 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
14 AM Jessica McDonald 80 2 0 5 5 0 4 2 1
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 0
3 S Makenzy Doniak 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Ashley Hatch 10 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1
2 S Nora Holstad Berge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 S Stephanie Ochs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Caroline Stanley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Sam Witteman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S Débora Cristiane de Oliveira 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 2 6 2 0 0 0 0