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OCT 27
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North Carolina stays in first-place with a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC
The Courage are now 5-2-0
Courage midfielder Samantha Mewis scored in North Carolina's 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
Courage midfielder Samantha Mewis scored in North Carolina's 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

Lynn Williams and Samantha Mewis scored as the North Carolina Courage snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC in front of a crowd of 2,383 on a rainy night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

With the win, the Courage improved to 5-2-0 with 15 points and retained first-place over Sky Blue FC (3-3-1, 10 pts), who would’ve jumped into the top spot with a win.

Sky Blue FC rookie goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan made 11 saves in the match, but it wasn’t enough to deny the North Carolina offense.

In the 20th minute, Williams got the Courage on the board with a highlight-reel goal, her third tally of the season. The North Carolina forward collected a pass from midfielder Taylor Smith about 25 yards from goal, dribbled at Sky Blue FC defender Christie Pearce and then launched a right-footed rocket from outside the box that clanged off the top of the far post and past Sheridan to give the Courage a 1-0 lead.

The Courage doubled the lead in the 42nd minute following an Abby Dahlkemper corner kick as Mewis cleaned up a loose ball in the box that was initially stopped by Sheridan before finally rebounding to Mewis. 

Sheridan made several outstanding saves to keep the score close for Sky Blue FC, including denying Courage midfielder Debinha in a one-on-one battle in the 57th minute. 

North Carolina goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made her first start of the season for the Courage and notched two saves to earn the shutout.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday as the Courage visit the Red Stars and Sky Blue plays host to the Pride.

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