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North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC | Live | go90
Utah Royals FC will take on the unbeaten North Carolina Courage after first meeting ended in a draw
North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg (left) and Utah Royals FC defender Brooke Elby (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg (left) and Utah Royals FC defender Brooke Elby (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC

When: Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. ET

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Where: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park | Cary, North Carolina

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The Game
  • The North Carolina Courage enter this game coming off of a draw in Week 10 with the Houston Dash. The 1-1 result ended North Carolina’s four-game winning streak, but extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games. The Courage are now tied with the 2016 Portland Thorns for the second-longest unbeaten streak to start a season (12 games) and approaching the longest unbeaten streak of 16 games, currently held by the 2014 Seattle Reign.
  • In Week 10, a late own goal carried Utah Royals FC to a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC. Utah has only recorded one loss in their last seven games.
  • Four North Carolina players are tied in the league lead for assists this season: Denise O’Sullivan, Crystal Dunn, Jaelene Hinkle, and Jessica McDonald (3).
  • Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie is first in the league in successful passes (513) and leads Utah in clearances (37), passes into the final third (72), and touches (735).
  • North Carolina defender Jaelene Hinkle is the league leader in chances created (33), crosses/corners (33), and passes into the final third (155).
  • Utah Royals FC midfielder Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir is tied for second in the league for assists (2). Jónsdóttir also leads Utah in duels won (86), shots (16), and is tied for the Utah lead in chances created (11).
  • Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni leads the league in tackles won (34) and is second in duels won (124). She has recorded three goals and one assist this season.
  • In the Utah Royals FC midfield, Desiree Scott is tied for the team lead in tackles won (21) with teammate Becca Moros. Scott is also one of three players to have played every minute of the Utah season thus far.
  • North Carolina Courage teammates Jessica McDonald and Crystal Dunn have each scored four goals this season. McDonald also leads the Courage in shots (42).
  • Defenders Abby Erceg and Abby Dahlkemper lead the Courage in blocks (4). Erceg also leads her team in successful passes (443) and clearances (43).
  • Utah Royals FC are tied with the second-place Seattle Reign for the fewest goals allowed this season (8 goals).
  • North Carolina leads the league in the number of scorers this season (9): Frannie CrouseSamantha MewisLynn WilliamsDebinhaJessica McDonaldMerritt MathiasCrystal DunnAbby ErcegMcCall Zerboni, and Kristen Hamilton have scored for the Courage this season. Seven different players, Gunnhildur JónsdóttirKatie StengelBrittany RatcliffeAmy RodriguezKelley O’HaraDiana Matheson, and Erika Tymrak have all scored for Utah Royals FC.


By the Numbers North Carolina Courage

9-0-3, 30 points, 1st place (Home: 4-0-2, Away: 5-0-1)

24 goals for, 11 goals against

Jessica McDonald: 4 goals, 3 assists

Crystal Dunn: 4 goals, 3 assists

Samantha Mewis: 3 goals, 1 assist

Katelyn Rowland: 9 saves, 6 goals against, 1 shutout

 

Utah Royals FC

3-2-5, 14 points, 6th place (Home: 2-1-2, Away: 1-1-3)

9 goals for, 8 goals against

Diana Matheson: 2 goals, 1 assist

Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir: 1 goal, 2 assists

Amy Rodriguez: 1 goal, 1 assist

Abby Smith: 13 saves, 8 goals against, 1 shutout

Nicole Barnhart: 2 saves, 1 goal against


In Focus
The Last Time They Met

North Carolina Courage 2 | Utah Royals FC 2

April 21, 2018 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina


What They’re Saying

North Carolina Courage

Utah Royals FC


Injury Report North Carolina Courage

OUT: Abby Dahlkemper (right knee pain), Makenzy Doniak (left knee ACL tear – SEI), Liz Eddy (left quadriceps strain), Julie King (left ankle repair)

QUESTIONABLE: Lynn Williams (right hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

 

Utah Royals FC

OUT: Alex Arlitt (left knee strain – SEI), Mandy Laddish (right hip contusion – SEI), Kelley O’Hara (right hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: None

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

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