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OCT 27
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Courage stay unbeaten, top Sky Blue FC 2-1
The Courage are now 7-0-2

The North Carolina Courage beat Sky Blue FC 2-1 on Saturday night at Yurcak Field, improving to 7-0-2 on the season. The win puts them into a tie for the best nine-game start in NWSL history with the 2014 Seattle Reign FC.

The Reign began that season on a 16-game unbeaten streak (13-0-3). North Carolina’s nine-game unbeaten streak is the third-longest to start a season, behind the 2014 Reign and the 2016 Thorns (7-0-5 through their first 12).

Sky Blue FC are still in search of their first of win of the season and are now 0-5-1

North Carolina jumped out to a quick 2-o lead in front of 1,923 fans on a rainy night in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Crystal Dunn notched her fourth goal of the season in the 16th minute. Debinha won the ball on North Carolina’s defensive side of the field, dribbled across midfield and found Jessica McDonald out wide on the right. McDonald served a low cross into the box. Dunn, running between two Sky Blue defenders, slid onto the end of it and hit it to the far post to give the Courage a 1-0 lead.

 

Sam Mewis made it 2-0 in the 27th minute following a good offensive buildup from the Courage. McCall Zerboni intercepted a Sarah Killion pass that was meant for Thaisa, and then switched the point of attack to Dunn in the middle of the field. Dunn passed it to Debinha in the box. Debinha sent it to McDonald, whose shot was tipped by goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, but Sheridan collided with Sky Blue defender Amanda Frisbie and the ball bounced loose. Mewis slid in on the loose ball for her first goal of the season.

 

Sky Blue FC earned a penalty kick in the 71st minute after Zerboni was called for a foul on Carli Lloyd in the box. Lloyd took the penalty kick, but Rowland stopped her shot and then made a second save on Raquel Rodriguez‘s effort on the rebound.

 

The foul to set up the penalty kick came on a free kick play that was set up by Rowland’s foul on Savannah McCaskill, just outside the box. Rowland was issued a yellow card on the play.

Lloyd got Sky Blue FC on the board in the game’s final moments with her first goal since joining Sky Blue FC this season. Kristen Hamilton was called for a foul on Savannah McCaskill, setting up a free kick 20 yards from goal. Rodriguez tapped it to Killion, who then tapped it to Lloyd, who sent a right-footed shot bending into the upper right-hand corner of the goal.

 

 

But while the goal was enough to break the shutout, the final whistle blew moments later.

The Courage will head to Orlando to face the Pride — the team that snapped their unbeaten streak at the start of the 2017 season — on Wednesday night. Sky Blue FC will also be in action on Wednesday night, on the road vs. the Washington Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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