North Carolina Courage NC

16‑7‑1 , 9‑3‑0 Home

2
Final
Sat, Sep 30

Orlando PrideORL

11‑6‑7 , 5‑4‑3 Away

3

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 7,020

Alanna Kennedy’s FK stoppage-time stunner lifts Pride to 3-2 win over Courage

Kennedy provided the game-changing result to send the Pride to Portland for playoffs

Alanna Kennedy came up with a huge winner for the Pride. (Photo: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

Cary, N.C. — Both the North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride were already in the playoffs with little to play for in their final regular season games, but that didn’t stop them from playing a thrilling match on Saturday night in Cary, North Carolina. In front of a record crowd of 7,020 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, the Pride topped the Courage 3-2 thanks to an Alanna Kennedy free kick in stoppage time.

With the score tied in the first minute of stoppage time, Orlando was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper was called for a foul on Pride forward Jasmyne Spencer and issued a yellow card.

Kennedy, Marta and Alex Morgan stood over the ball before Morgan made a run into the box. With perhaps everyone expecting Marta to strike it on frame or pass to Morgan — Kennedy stepped up and struck it with her right foot. She bent it over the wall and past a diving Katelyn Rowland for the game-winner.

I had no idea that [Kennedy] could hit such great free kicks. I haven’t seen her hit something like that from close range before, but she stepped up there confidently. She didn’t even know it went in the back of the net. All of us knew it went in the back of the net before she did,” Morgan said after the game.

“She religiously practices them after training, almost every day,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said. “She doesn’t usually score that many with nobody in goal. So it was good tonight to have a wall there, and the goalkeeper, and score. World class free kick, to be honest.”

A loss or a tie to the Courage would’ve meant that Orlando would meet North Carolina again in the semifinals next week. The win moves them into third place, which means they’ll have to travel cross-country to face the Thorns — who have only lost once at home all season — in front of a likely sold-out crowd of over 21,000 Thorns fans.

“I think for both teams, this is probably the first game of the year when you’re playing under the normal pressures that you do week in and week out. We just said to our players tonight, we wanted to go out, really enjoy the game and play as best we can. Whatever way the result falls, it falls. That’s the way our players approached the game,” Sermanni said.

The Red Stars were in third place at the start of the day when they faced the Thorns in Portland. Chicago rested several starters and fell 3-1, which, following Orlando’s win, meant they dropped into fourth place and will face the Courage (a team they’ve beaten all three times this season.)

The Pride started their regular line-up and, of the Courage regular healthy starters, only Sam Mewis did not start the match.

“This is really important for us. We’re never going to show up to a game to tie, to lose, anything like that. We have a lot of momentum right now. Nine games unbeaten at this point. We just want to keep that momentum going forward. Honestly, we’re not gonna rest anyone. We rest when the season is over,” Pride goalkeeper and captain Ashlyn Harris said. “This is an important win for us because it sends a message. We’re not resting players. We’re not trying to rig who we play. Every day we show up as professionals, and we’re expected to play and win and that’s what we did.”

The Pride jumped out to an early lead in the 22nd minute after Kristen Edmonds scored on an assist from Chioma Ubogagu.

In the 51st minute, Orlando made it 2-0. Marta scored her 13th goal of the season, which puts in her in second place in the NWSL behind only Sam Kerr for most goals scored. She’s also tied for second with six assists in her first season in the league.

Marta’s goal came on an assist from Morgan, as the two continued their connection that has been so key to the Pride’s offensive success down the stretch. It’s Morgan’s fourth assist to go with her nine goals in 13 games this season.

It’s enjoyable to watch. You see it, you hear it in the crowd every time she touches the ball. It’s magic,” Harris said. “That’s what happens when you have the G.O.A.T. on the field. She’s expected to make big plays and she does it.”

Marta dazzled the crowd throughout the game — particularly on a spin move at midfield in the 40th minute. Even Courage coach Paul Riley was impressed.

“I thought Marta was special tonight. … Put on a show for everybody,” Riley said. “She was brilliant tonight. I enjoyed actually watching her tonight, I gotta be honest. I thought she was brilliant tonight.”

The Courage got back into the match shortly after Marta’s goal as Lynn Williams scored twice in a span of five minutes for her eighth and ninth goals of the season.

Her first came in the run of play after an assist from Taylor Smith, and the second when she converted a penalty kick after Ali Krieger was called for a foul on Debinha.

The game could’ve gone either way. I was proud of the players coming back from a two-nil deficit tonight. Got ourselves back in the game and maybe could’ve pinched it, you know, right after that,” Riley said.

“It was a really fast-paced game. I thought both sides were playing some great soccer. It was a lot of fun for me to watch that throughout the first half,” Mewis said. “Both teams created a lot of chances. I’m not surprised that both of these teams are going to the playoffs.”

In the first half, Pride midfielder Camila went down with a right knee injury after a hard collision with Nora Holstad Berge.

Hopefully not too serious, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing her for the rest of this year,” Sermanni said after the game. “She’s either strained a ligament in her knee or perhaps done a little bit of cartilage damage, but we’re hoping it’s not too bad.”

Orlando finished the regular season on a nine-game unbeaten streak.

“It was very important for us to get the win here, finish strong in regular season. We had a lot of supporters come up from Orlando, so we obviously wanted a good showing for them and we wanted to continue to build momentum going into playoffs,” Morgan said.

Up next, it’s a cross-country trip to face the Thorns on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET in Portland. Orlando has faced Portland twice this season — a 2-0 loss in the first game of the season with no Morgan or Marta — and then last week’s 0-0 draw in Orlando.

“It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be a tough game just because of the time that it’s at,” Morgan said of the 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff time. “I don’t love games around Noon. … I just don’t think it’s the greatest time. But at the same time, Portland is on a great run as well.”

“Hostile,” Sermanni said with a laugh when asked what he expected the crowd to be like next week.

In the second semifinal, the Courage will have to face the Red Stars, a team that has beaten them all three times they’ve faced each other this season.

“We’re all happy to be there. I don’t think it matters who you play. I don’t think there’s much difference between all four teams on the day. We’ve got home-field advantage,” Riley said.

“We haven’t beaten Chicago, so we’re the underdog. We lost to them all three times, so I don’t mind that. I don’t mind being the underdog for that one.”

NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy presented the Courage with the NWSL Shield prior to the match. North Carolina locked up the best record in the league with a win over Houston on Wednesday night.

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
  90'
11

Taylor Smith

Defender
2

Nora Holstad Berge

Defensive Midfielder
  63'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
  63'
10

Débora Cristiane de Oliveira

Attacking Midfielder
9

Lynn Williams

Forward
  76'   62', 67'
23

Kristen Hamilton

Forward

substitutes

3

Makenzy Doniak

Substitute
1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
12

Ashley Hatch

Substitute
  63'
14

Jessica McDonald

Substitute
  76'
5

Samantha Mewis

Substitute
  63'
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Orlando Pride

24

Ashlyn Harris

Goalkeeper
  66'
7

Steph Catley

Defender
11

Ali Krieger

Defender
21

Monica Hickmann Alves

Defender
12

Kristen Edmonds

Defender
  76'   22'
14

Alanna Kennedy

Defensive Midfielder
  90 + 1'
17

Dani Weatherholt

Defensive Midfielder
6

Chioma Ubogagu

Attacking Midfielder
  83'
10

Marta Vieira da Silva

Attacking Midfielder
  72'   51'
9

Camila Martins Pereira

Attacking Midfielder
  35'
13

Alex Morgan

Forward

substitutes

19

Aubrey Bledsoe

Substitute
20

Nickolette Driesse

Substitute
8

Danica Evans

Substitute
4

Jamia Fields

Substitute
15

Rachel Hill

Substitute
  35'
3

Toni Pressley

Substitute
  83'
23

Jasmyne Spencer

Substitute
  76'

manager

 

Tom Sermanni

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Orlando Pride 3.

90'+6'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 2, Orlando Pride 3.

90'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

90'+1'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Orlando Pride 3. Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

90'

YELLOW CARD

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

90'

FREE KICK WON

Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

88'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride).

88'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

OFFSIDE

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

85'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride).

85'

FREE KICK WON

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

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Orlando Pride. Toni Pressley replaces Chioma Ubogagu.

81'

FREE KICK WON

Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride).

80'

FREE KICK WON

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

79'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Marta with a cross following a corner.

79'

CORNER

Corner, Orlando Pride. Conceded by Ashley Hatch.

78'

FREE KICK WON

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

76'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Jessica McDonald replaces Lynn Williams.

76'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Orlando Pride. Jasmyne Spencer replaces Kristen Edmonds.

76'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

75'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74'

START DELAY

Delay in match Mônica (Orlando Pride) because of an injury.

73'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Mônica.

72'

YELLOW CARD

Marta (Orlando Pride) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Chioma Ubogagu.

72'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

67'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 2, Orlando Pride 2. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

66'

YELLOW CARD

Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride) is shown the yellow card.

65'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) after a foul in the penalty area.

65'

PENALTY WON

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

65'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

63'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Ashley Hatch replaces Nora Holstad Berge.

63'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis replaces McCall Zerboni.

62'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Orlando Pride 2. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Taylor Smith.

57'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Alanna Kennedy.

57'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

56'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

55'

MISS

Attempt missed. Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chioma Ubogagu.

51'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 0, Orlando Pride 2. Marta (Orlando Pride) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Morgan.

47'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Marta (Orlando Pride).

47'

FREE KICK WON

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

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Orlando Pride 1.

45'+4'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Orlando Pride 1.

45'+2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45'

FREE KICK WON

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride).

45'

FREE KICK WON

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

44'

MISS

Attempt missed. Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Hill.

42'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Orlando Pride. Chioma Ubogagu tries a through ball, but Rachel Hill is caught offside.

42'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride).

42'

FREE KICK WON

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

39'

FREE KICK WON

Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Nora Holstad Berge (North Carolina Courage).

39'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

38'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Mônica.

37'

OFFSIDE

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

35'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Orlando Pride. Rachel Hill replaces Camila because of an injury.

35'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32'

START DELAY

Delay in match Camila (Orlando Pride) because of an injury.

32'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

31'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

29'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

28'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

26'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride).

26'

FREE KICK WON

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

24'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kristen Edmonds.

22'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 0, Orlando Pride 1. Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chioma Ubogagu with a cross.

21'

MISS

Attempt missed. Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21'

FREE KICK WON

Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

20'

FREE KICK WON

Camila (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20'

FREE KICK LOST

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

18'

FREE KICK WON

Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Debinha (North Carolina Courage).

16'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kristen Edmonds.

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Camila (Orlando Pride).

15'

FREE KICK WON

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

14'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Orlando Pride. Chioma Ubogagu tries a through ball, but Alex Morgan is caught offside.

10'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Stephanie Catley.

10'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

4'

FREE KICK WON

Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
35
Rachel Hill 15
Camila Martins Pereira 9
63
Samantha Mewis 5
McCall Zerboni 7
63
Ashley Hatch 12
Nora Holstad Berge 2
76
Jessica McDonald 14
Lynn Williams 9
76
Jasmyne Spencer 23
Kristen Edmonds 12
83
Toni Pressley 3
Chioma Ubogagu 6
22
goal

Kristen Edmonds 12

Assisted by: Chioma Ubogagu 6

51
goal

Marta Vieira da Silva 10

Assisted by: Alex Morgan 13

62
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Taylor Smith 11

67
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Penalty Kick

90 +1
goal

Alanna Kennedy 14

66
yellow card

Ashlyn Harris 24

72
yellow card

Marta Vieira da Silva 10

90
yellow card

Abby Dahlkemper 13

ORL

Goals & Assists

22′ Orlando Pride
Kristen Edmonds
Assisted by: Chioma Ubogagu
51′ Orlando Pride
Marta Vieira da Silva
Assisted by: Alex Morgan
62′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Taylor Smith
67′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Penalty kick
90 + 1′ Orlando Pride
Alanna Kennedy

Disciplinary

66′ Orlando Pride
Ashlyn Harris
72′ Orlando Pride
Marta Vieira da Silva
90′ North Carolina Courage
Abby Dahlkemper

Substitutions

35′ Orlando Pride
  Rachel Hill
  Camila Martins Pereira
63′ North Carolina Courage
  Samantha Mewis
  McCall Zerboni
63′ North Carolina Courage
  Ashley Hatch
  Nora Holstad Berge
76′ North Carolina Courage
  Jessica McDonald
  Lynn Williams
76′ Orlando Pride
  Jasmyne Spencer
  Kristen Edmonds
83′ Orlando Pride
  Toni Pressley
  Chioma Ubogagu


NC

Match Statistics


ORL

14
Shots
8
6
Shots On Goal
3
5
Shots Blocked
1
7
Corners
1
22
Crosses
8
2
Offsides
2
9
Fouls
11
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
361
Total Passes
431
66.5%
Passing Accuracy
72.4%
46.6%
Possession
53.4%
51
Duels Won
64
21
Tackles Won
15
0
Saves
4
7
Clearances
33

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 1
11 D Taylor Smith 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
2 DM Nora Holstad Berge 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 M McCall Zerboni 63 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 0
10 AM Débora Cristiane de Oliveira 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 2
9 F Lynn Williams 76 2 0 5 5 0 0 0 1
23 F Kristen Hamilton 90 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0
3 S Makenzy Doniak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Ashley Hatch 27 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
14 S Jessica McDonald 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
5 S Samantha Mewis 27 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 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
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 3 8 0 0 0 0 0
7 D Steph Catley 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 D Ali Krieger 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 D Monica Hickmann Alves 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 D Kristen Edmonds 76 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
14 DM Alanna Kennedy 90 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 2
17 DM Dani Weatherholt 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
6 AM Chioma Ubogagu 83 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
10 AM Marta Vieira da Silva 90 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0
9 AM Camila Martins Pereira 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
13 F Alex Morgan 90 0 1 3 3 0 1 1 3
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
8 S Danica Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Jamia Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Rachel Hill 55 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0
3 S Toni Pressley 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Jasmyne Spencer 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Ashlyn Harris 90 2 14 4 1 0 0 0