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OCT 27
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Brittany Ratcliffe scores as Utah stuns North Carolina in the 94th minute
Utah Royals FC spoil the Courage's undefeated season
The forward entered the game in the 77th minute to score her second goal this season. (Photo credit:
The forward entered the game in the 77th minute to score her second goal this season. (Photo credit:

Brittany Ratcliffe spoiled the Courage’s 12-game unbeaten streak on Saturday night scoring in the 94th minute to earn Utah Royals FC a 1-0 win on the road.

Ratcliffe entered the game in the 77th minute and in the 94th minute Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson took a free kick from far out that created a 50/50 scramble just outside the box. Ratcliffe battled with the Courage’s backline to win the ball and managed to not only win it, but turn and shoot into the upper left corner for the game-winner. This is Ratcliffe’s second goal of the year.

The Courage’s 12-game unbeaten streak was snapped on Saturday night, however they still hold on to first place in the league standings at 9-1-3 and 30 points. Utah Royals FC improve to 4-2-5 with the three points.

Utah Royals FC has only recorded one loss in their last eight games.

The first half didn’t see many opportunities for either side, with North Carolina’s best chance coming from forward Crystal Dunn in the 32nd minute. Midfielder McCall Zerboni combined for a one-two play just outside the box and Dunn was able to get a right-footed shot off, but Utah Royals FC goalkeeper Abby Smith came out with the save to keep it scoreless.

At the break both teams had five total shots. The final shooting breakdown was Courage 15 shots, Utah Royals FC eight shots.

Dunn finished the game with a team-high four shots. Dunn also had the best passing accuracy for her side according to Opta with 82.1% in 28 passes. Zerboni was key in the midfield for the Courage making seven tackles, two clearances and four interceptions. For Utah, the best attacking chances came from forward Katrina Gorry and Katie Stengel. Gorry finished the game with three shots and Stengel made three key passes in the win. Defensively, Becky Sauerbrunn held it down for her side making five tackles, 14 clearances and six interceptions on the day.

In the 69th minute the Courage had a chance to get ahead when Debinha served a dangerous ball into the box. Courage midfielder Denise O’Sullivan got a foot on it but her shot hit the crossbar.

In the final minute a loose ball in the box found the foot of Courage defender Merritt Mathias but her shot went just over.

Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland picked up the loss in net with two saves on the night, and Smith earned the win for her side with four saves.

The Courage will travel to Seattle Reign FC on June 23 and Utah Royals FC will head into Week 13 ready to face the Chicago Red Stars on the road on June 23.

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