Portland Thorns FC POR

5‑4‑4 , 2‑3‑1 Home

1
Final
Wed, May 30

North Carolina CourageNC

9‑1‑3 , 5‑0‑1 Away

4

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 15,018

Courage remain unbeaten, top Thorns 4-1

Lynn Williams scored twice in the win as North Carolina made it 11 games unbeaten

Courage midfielder Sam Mewis scored in North Carolina's 4-1 win over Portland. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

The North Carolina Courage improved to 9-0-2 (29 points) on the season with a 4-1 win over Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday night, in front of a crowd of 15,018 fans at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

The 11-game unbeaten streak to start the season is third all-time in NWSL, behind the 2014 Reign (13-0-3 in a 16-game unbeaten run) and the 2016 Thorns (7-0-5 in 12 games).

Courage forward Lynn Williams returned from injury to score twice in the win. North Carolina also got goals from Debinha and Sam Mewis.

With the loss, the Thorns fell to 4-4-3 (15 points). It’s Portland’s third home loss, after losing just once at home in each of the past two seasons.

Williams put the Thorns on the board in the 31st minute with a penalty kick goal. The Courage earned the penalty after Thorns defender Katherine Reynolds was called for a foul in the box on Debinha.

 

The match went into halftime up 1-0, but in the second half it was all Courage as they scored three goals in six minutes to put the game out of reach.

First, Debinha headed home a cross from Crystal Dunn in the 58th minute for her third goal of the year. A give-and-go between Dunn and Jess McDonald sprung Dunn into space on the right wing and she found Debinha open at the back post to make it 2-0. It’s Dunn’s third assist of the season, pulling her into an eight-player tie for the league lead.

 

Then in the 62nd minute, Williams scored her second of the game and third of the season. After a McDonald long throw-in found Mewis in the center of the penalty box, Mewis spun and headed it to Williams for a left-footed volley to make it 3-0. It’s Mewis’ first assist of the year.

Two minutes later, Mewis found one of her own. A North Carolina corner kick taken by Jaelene Hinkle was headed down by McDonald. McCall Zerboni flicked it on with her head and into the path of Mewis, who rose up to head it in for the fourth goal of the game. It’s the third goal of the season for Mewis and Zerboni’s first assist of 2018.

 

The Thorns broke the shutout in the 89th minute when Reynolds, appearing in her 100th career NWSL game, scored her first career goal.

The past four meetings between the two teams, including the 2017 NWSL Championship, all ended 1-0. But that was not the case on Wednesday evening in Portland. The two teams kicked off the 2018 NWSL season in North Carolina, a game that the Courage won on a goal from Debinha.

Similar to last year’s championship game, it was a physical battle between both sides right from the start with Zerboni fouling Tobin Heath in the second minute. Each team earned two yellow cards in the game — Meghan Klingenberg (for dissent) and Christine Sinclair for the Thorns and Merritt Mathias and Kristen Hamilton for the Courage.

Williams had missed the three previous games with a right hamstring strain. She played 66 minutes in her return on Wednesday night.

Portland held the better of possession (55.5% to 44.5%) but the Courage took more total shots (17-9) and shots on goal (8-5).

The Thorns get a bye this weekend and then the FIFA break after that, so they will next be in action on June 16 on the road vs. the Red Stars.

The Courage will next take on the Dash in Houston on Sunday evening and put their unbeaten streak on the line without several of their key players. Zerboni, Mewis, Dunn, Mathias and Abby Dahlkemper were all called into U.S. women’s national team training camp and will miss this weekend’s game. They’ll also be without Denise O’Sullivan, who is on international duty for Ireland.

Portland Thorns FC

33

Britt Eckerstrom

Goalkeeper
20

Kelli Hubly

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
  89'
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
  70'
12

Christine Sinclair

Attacker
  38'
10

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
23

Margaret Purce

Attacker
  72'
17

Tobin Heath

Midfielder
7

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic

Defender
  46'
22

Ifeoma Onumonu

Attacker
  57'
30

Celeste Boureille

Midfielder
15

Ellie Carpenter

Defender
  46'
8

Andressinha

Midfielder
  57'
38

Adelaide Gay

Goalkeeper
34

Tyler Lussi

Attacker
  72'
36

Angela Salem

Midfielder
26

Mallory Weber

Attacker

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

North Carolina Courage

0

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
  79'
10

Debinha

Midfielder
  82'   58'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
  64'
19

Crystal Dunn

Attacker
  90'
9

Lynn Williams

Attacker
  65'   31', 62'
14

Jessica McDonald

Attacker
18

Michele Dalton

Goalkeeper
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Midfielder
23

Kristen Hamilton

Attacker
  88'   65'
21

Darian Jenkins

Attacker
  90'
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Defender
16

Cari Roccaro

Defender
25

Meredith Speck

Defender
  82'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 1, North Carolina Courage 4.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 1, North Carolina Courage 4.

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Andressinha (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

90'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Darian Jenkins replaces Crystal Dunn.

89'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, North Carolina Courage 4. Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

88'

YELLOW CARD

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

88'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

87'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

85'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84'

FREE KICK WON

Kelli Hubly (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

83'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

82'

FREE KICK WON

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

82'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Debinha.

82'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a through ball.

80'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Andressinha (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

80'

FREE KICK WON

Andressinha (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

79'

YELLOW CARD

Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

78'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

77'

MISS

Attempt missed. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

76'

FREE KICK WON

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

74'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns).

74'

FREE KICK WON

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

74'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73'

START DELAY

Delay in match Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

72'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Tyler Lussi replaces Midge Purce.

71'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Midge Purce tries a through ball, but Tobin Heath is caught offside.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage).

71'

FREE KICK WON

Andressinha (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70'

YELLOW CARD

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card.

69'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Merritt Mathias.

68'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

67'

FREE KICK WON

Emily Menges (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Lynn Williams.

64'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 4. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by McCall Zerboni with a headed pass following a corner.

64'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelli Hubly.

63'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

62'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 3. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a headed pass.

62'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

61'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelli Hubly.

59'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Crystal Dunn tries a through ball, but Debinha is caught offside.

58'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 2. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a cross.

57'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Andressinha replaces Ifeoma Onumonu.

57'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

55'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

55'

FREE KICK WON

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

54'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns).

54'

FREE KICK WON

Kelli Hubly (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

50'

FREE KICK WON

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

50'

FREE KICK WON

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

50'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

49'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Katherine Reynolds tries a through ball, but Ifeoma Onumonu is caught offside.

48'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

46'

FREE KICK WON

Midge Purce (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Ellie Carpenter replaces Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 1.

45'+2'

END 1

First Half ends, Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 1.

43'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

41'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

39'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a through ball.

38'

YELLOW CARD

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

38'

FREE KICK WON

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

37'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lynn Williams with a cross.

35'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

34'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

34'

FREE KICK WON

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

31'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 1. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

30'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns) after a foul in the penalty area.

30'

PENALTY WON

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

29'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

29'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Menges.

29'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

28'

MISS

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by McCall Zerboni.

27'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ifeoma Onumonu.

26'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns).

22'

FREE KICK WON

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

20'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kelli Hubly (Portland Thorns).

20'

FREE KICK WON

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

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns).

18'

FREE KICK WON

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

9'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

9'

FREE KICK WON

Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

7'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a cross.

6'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Ana Maria Crnogorcevic is caught offside.

4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

4'

FREE KICK WON

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

3'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tobin Heath following a set piece situation.

2'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

2'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

1'

OFFSIDE

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

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
46
Ellie Carpenter 15
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 7
57
Andressinha 8
Ifeoma Onumonu 22
65
Kristen Hamilton 23
Lynn Williams 9
72
Tyler Lussi 34
Margaret Purce 23
82
Meredith Speck 25
Debinha 10
90
Darian Jenkins 21
Crystal Dunn 19
31
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Penalty Kick

58
goal

Debinha 10

Assisted by: Crystal Dunn 19

62
goal

Lynn Williams 9

Assisted by: Samantha Mewis 5

64
goal

Samantha Mewis 5

Assisted by: McCall Zerboni 7

89
goal

Katherine Reynolds 2

38
yellow card

Christine Sinclair 12

70
yellow card

Meghan Klingenberg 25

79
yellow card

Merritt Mathias 11

88
yellow card

Kristen Hamilton 23

NC

Goals & Assists

31′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Penalty kick
58′ North Carolina Courage
Debinha
Assisted by: Crystal Dunn
62′ North Carolina Courage
Lynn Williams
Assisted by: Samantha Mewis
64′ North Carolina Courage
Samantha Mewis
Assisted by: McCall Zerboni
89′ Portland Thorns FC
Katherine Reynolds

Disciplinary

38′ Portland Thorns FC
Christine Sinclair
70′ Portland Thorns FC
Meghan Klingenberg
79′ North Carolina Courage
Merritt Mathias
88′ North Carolina Courage
Kristen Hamilton

Substitutions

46′ Portland Thorns FC
  Ellie Carpenter
  Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic
57′ Portland Thorns FC
  Andressinha
  Ifeoma Onumonu
65′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Lynn Williams
72′ Portland Thorns FC
  Tyler Lussi
  Margaret Purce
82′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Debinha
90′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Crystal Dunn


POR

Match Statistics


NC

9
Shots
17
5
Shots On Goal
8
0
Shots Blocked
5
1
Corners
5
20
Crosses
18
3
Offsides
2
13
Fouls
19
2
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
379
Total Passes
289
66.0%
Passing Accuracy
65.7%
56.5%
Possession
43.5%
65
Duels Won
64
11
Tackles Won
12
4
Saves
4
18
Clearances
32

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
20 D Kelli Hubly 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 D Katherine Reynolds 90 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
12 Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1
10 M Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
23 Margaret Purce 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
17 M Tobin Heath 90 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 5
7 D Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 45 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
22 Ifeoma Onumonu 57 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0
30 M Celeste Boureille 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 D Ellie Carpenter 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
8 M Andressinha 33 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
34 Tyler Lussi 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
36 M Angela Salem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Mallory Weber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
33 G Britt Eckerstrom 90 4 17 4 1 0 0 0
38 G Adelaide Gay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
10 M Debinha 82 1 0 2 1 2 1 0 1
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 2
5 M Samantha Mewis 90 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 3
19 Crystal Dunn 89 0 1 3 1 0 0 2 0
9 Lynn Williams 65 2 0 6 5 0 1 0 0
14 Jessica McDonald 90 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
4 M Elizabeth Eddy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Kristen Hamilton 25 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
21 Darian Jenkins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 D Kaleigh Kurtz 0 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 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
0 G Katelyn Rowland 90 1 9 4 0 0 0 0
18 G Michele Dalton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0