North Carolina Courage NC

10‑1‑3 , 4‑1‑2 Home

1
Final
Sat, Mar 24

Portland Thorns FCPOR

5‑4‑4 , 3‑1‑3 Away

0

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

Cary, North Carolina

Attendance: 4,210

Debinha’s goal gives North Carolina 1-0 win over Portland

The opening game of the 2018 regular season

Portland Thorns FC's Midge Purce and the North Carolina Courage's Debinha (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The North Carolina Courage opened the 2018 NWSL season in style on a rainy Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Portland Thorns FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The game had been billed as a rematch of the 2017 NWSL Championship, which was won by Portland 1-0 in Orlando last October.

The Courage turned around that score to open the new season, courtesy of a brilliant goal from midfielder Debinha.

In the 70th minute, Denise O’Sullivan got the ball for North Carolina and dribbled at several Portland defenders before dishing it off to her fellow midfielder. Without breaking her own stride, Debinha collected the pass and unleashed a right-footed shot that beat a diving Adrianna Franch to the far post.

 

 

Debinha appeared in 25 games, including the playoffs, for the Courage last season — but missed the final after dislocating her left elbow in the semifinal win over the Chicago Red Stars.

 

The game marked the NWSL return of Crystal Dunn, who spent 2017 playing for Chelsea in England. The Courage acquired her rights in a trade with the Washington Spirit in January.

 

“American soccer is quite different than  English football. That’s for sure,” Dunn told Dalen Cuff after the game on the NWSL on Lifetime broadcast. “I think my team put in max effort today. We’re going to build on today.”

 

 

The Courage controlled possession 56%-44%, according to Opta. They outshot the Thorns 20-3 in total shots, and 4-1 in shots on goal.

 

Both teams were missing key players in the match. The Thorns were without defender Emily Menges, who made a key block in last year’s championship match, because of a right lower leg stress reaction. They were also missing Tobin HeathHayley RasoAndressinhaCaitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter because of injuries and international duty. Sam Mewis missed the game for North Carolina with a right knee strain.

 

Courage forward Darian Jenkins made her NWSL debut in the game, entering as a sub in the 67th minute. Jenkins was drafted out of UCLA last year by North Carolina but missed all of 2017 with a left ankle dislocation/fracture.

 

 

 

The 1-0 scoreline was very similar to last year for North Carolina. In 2017, between the regular season and the playoffs, the Courage recorded eight wins by the same score.

 

 

North Carolina Courage

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
  51'
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Merritt Mathias

Defender
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  78'
19

Crystal Dunn

Attacker
10

Debinha

Midfielder
  90 + 1'   70'
9

Lynn Williams

Attacker
14

Jessica McDonald

Attacker
  67'
2

Allysha Chapman

Defender
12

Frannie Crouse

Attacker
23

Kristen Hamilton

Attacker
  78'
21

Darian Jenkins

Attacker
  67'
31

Kaleigh Kurtz

Defender
0

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
25

Meredith Speck

Defender
  90 + 1'

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
20

Kelli Hubly

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
  33'
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
10

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
  35'
30

Celeste Boureille

Midfielder
23

Margaret Purce

Attacker
12

Christine Sinclair

Attacker
26

Mallory Weber

Attacker
  78'
22

Ifeoma Onumonu

Attacker
  61'
27

Elizabeth Ball

Defender
  78'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Goalkeeper
34

Tyler Lussi

Attacker
  61'
32

Meg Morris

Attacker
36

Angela Salem

Midfielder

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 1, Portland Thorns 0.

90'+4'

END 2

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

90'+3'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage).

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Meredith Speck replaces Debinha.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage).

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Elizabeth Ball (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

87'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Lindsey Horan.

84'

MISS

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

84'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

83'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

83'

FREE KICK WON

Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

81'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Kristen Hamilton replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Elizabeth Ball replaces Mallory Weber.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage).

75'

FREE KICK WON

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

75'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns).

74'

FREE KICK WON

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

74'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Midge Purce (Portland Thorns).

72'

FREE KICK WON

Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

70'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 1, Portland Thorns 0. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan.

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

68'

FREE KICK WON

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Darian Jenkins replaces Jessica McDonald.

64'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Denise O'Sullivan with a headed pass following a corner.

64'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelli Hubly.

64'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

62'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan tries a through ball, but Tyler Lussi is caught offside.

61'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Tyler Lussi replaces Ifeoma Onumonu.

61'

FREE KICK LOST

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

61'

FREE KICK WON

Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58'

FREE KICK WON

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

58'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Midge Purce (Portland Thorns).

55'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a headed pass.

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns).

53'

MISS

Attempt missed. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage).

52'

FREE KICK WON

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

51'

YELLOW CARD

Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

51'

FREE KICK WON

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

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

50'

FREE KICK WON

Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

48'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

48'

FREE KICK WON

Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a cross.

47'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Celeste Boureille.

START

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

45'+2'

END 1

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

45'+1'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Midge Purce.

45'

FREE KICK WON

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

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

43'

MISS

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

43'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

41'

MISS

Attempt missed. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Debinha following a corner.

41'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Celeste Boureille.

41'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Debinha (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Merritt Mathias with a cross.

39'

FREE KICK WON

Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

38'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

37'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Adrianna Franch.

37'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Debinha with a cross.

37'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Kelli Hubly.

37'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by McCall Zerboni.

35'

YELLOW CARD

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35'

FREE KICK WON

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

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

33'

YELLOW CARD

Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33'

FREE KICK WON

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

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns).

31'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

29'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

29'

FREE KICK WON

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

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kelli Hubly (Portland Thorns).

29'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ifeoma Onumonu.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns).

27'

FREE KICK WON

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

24'

FREE KICK WON

Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

23'

MISS

Attempt missed. Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

19'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

19'

FREE KICK WON

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

19'

MISS

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

18'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Ifeoma Onumonu.

17'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

17'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

7'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Adrianna Franch tries a through ball, but Ifeoma Onumonu is caught offside.

3'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Denise O'Sullivan tries a through ball, but Lynn Williams is caught offside.

2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a cross.

1'

FREE KICK WON

Ifeoma Onumonu (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
61
Tyler Lussi 34
Ifeoma Onumonu 22
67
Darian Jenkins 21
Jessica McDonald 14
78
Kristen Hamilton 23
Denise O'Sullivan 8
78
Elizabeth Ball 27
Mallory Weber 26
90 +1
Meredith Speck 25
Debinha 10
70
goal

Debinha 10

Assisted by: Denise O'Sullivan 8

33
yellow card

Emily Sonnett 16

35
yellow card

Lindsey Horan 10

51
yellow card

Jaelene Hinkle 15

POR

Goals & Assists

70′ North Carolina Courage
Debinha
Assisted by: Denise O'Sullivan

Disciplinary

33′ Portland Thorns FC
Emily Sonnett
35′ Portland Thorns FC
Lindsey Horan
51′ North Carolina Courage
Jaelene Hinkle

Substitutions

61′ Portland Thorns FC
  Tyler Lussi
  Ifeoma Onumonu
67′ North Carolina Courage
  Darian Jenkins
  Jessica McDonald
78′ North Carolina Courage
  Kristen Hamilton
  Denise O'Sullivan
78′ Portland Thorns FC
  Elizabeth Ball
  Mallory Weber
90 + 1′ North Carolina Courage
  Meredith Speck
  Debinha


NC

Match Statistics


POR

20
Shots
3
4
Shots On Goal
1
6
Shots Blocked
0
12
Corners
1
23
Crosses
8
1
Offsides
2
11
Fouls
14
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
442
Total Passes
357
63.6%
Passing Accuracy
56.6%
56.2%
Possession
43.8%
67
Duels Won
83
13
Tackles Won
21
1
Saves
3
18
Clearances
46

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 2 0 0 0 0 1
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
11 D Merritt Mathias 90 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 2
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 78 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
19 Crystal Dunn 90 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 4
10 M Debinha 89 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
9 Lynn Williams 90 0 0 6 0 0 1 1 0
14 Jessica McDonald 67 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1
2 D Allysha Chapman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Frannie Crouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Kristen Hamilton 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Darian Jenkins 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
31 D Kaleigh Kurtz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 D Meredith Speck 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Sabrina D’Angelo 90 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
0 G Katelyn Rowland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 D Kelli Hubly 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 D Katherine Reynolds 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
10 M Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
30 M Celeste Boureille 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
23 Margaret Purce 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
12 Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
26 Mallory Weber 78 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
22 Ifeoma Onumonu 61 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
27 D Elizabeth Ball 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
34 Tyler Lussi 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
32 Meg Morris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 M Angela Salem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 1 20 3 0 0 0 0
33 G Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0