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OCT 27
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NWSL Notebook: Career firsts, near-misses and more
NWSL career firsts, near-misses, a new ironwoman, tifos and more
North Carolina's Debinha scored the game-winning goal for the Courage vs. the Spirit. (Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
North Carolina's Debinha scored the game-winning goal for the Courage vs. the Spirit. (Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

 

1. First NWSL goals

Five players scored their first NWSL goals in Week 2, including two late goals that altered the result for their teams. North Carolina midfielder Debinha won the game for the Courage in the 81st minute and Orlando forward Danica Evans tied it in the 86th. Also scoring their first NWSL goals were Seattle rookies Katie Johnson and Kristen McNabb, as well as Spirit defender Line Sigvardsen Jensen.

 

Breakers rookie midfielder Rose Lavelle also tallied her first NWSL assist, passing to Natasha Dowie for Boston’s game-winner vs. Sky Blue FC.


 

2. So close

Boston’s Margaret Purce hits the crossbar.

There were almost two more first NWSL goals as Boston rookie forward Margaret Purce and Orlando forward Marta were this close to getting on the scoresheet. Both made great on their shots, but luck was not on their side.

 

 


3. Ironwoman Kasey Kallman

 

Washington Spirit defender Kasey Kallman is now the new ironwoman of NWSL, having played 3,780 consecutive minutes – 42 straight regular seasons matches, a streak that dates back to 2014.


4. Shutdown mode

 

North Carolina Courage goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo has now started the season with back-to-back shutouts, but has only had to make one save as the North Carolina defense has been on lockdown, allowing just one shot on goal and six total shots in their two 1-0 wins over the Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns FC.


 

5. The NWSL tifo game is strong

We’ve seen Portland’s shield-maidens and Kansas City’s Star Wars inspired creation — and this week in Boston, another gem — a reference to Lavelle’s bulldog (who has his own Instagram account). 


 

6. Welcome back!

Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco tweeted that she is now cleared to play again after tearing her ACL in the NWSL Championship last October.

 

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