Courage earn their 16th win of the season, top Pride 3-0
Debinha and Lynn Williams scored for the Courage
Debinha scored her eighth goal of the season for the Courage. (Photo credit:
Debinha scored her eighth goal of the season for the Courage. (Photo credit:

The North Carolina Courage picked up their 16th win of the season defeating the Orlando Pride 3-0 on Sunday morning in Cary, North Carolina.

Due to lightening on Saturday night, the Courage and Pride resumed on Sunday morning kicking off from the 22nd minute — starting from the exact time the game was stopped because of weather. The Courage are now just one win away from claiming the record for most regular season wins and have two games remaining to do so.

Courage forwards Debinha and Lynn Williams scored on the day to push their team to 16-1-5 and 53 points. The Pride drop to 8-8-6 for 30 points and are now in fifth place in the league standings just one point behind the fourth place Chicago Red Stars. The Pride have two more games remaining in the regular season to battle it out in hopes of a playoff spot.

The first goal of the night was credited as an own goal by Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky. It was tricky to see the deflection off Zadorsky as the Courage forward Lynn Williams took a shot from the right end line that appeared to sneak in near post past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. In what would of been her 11th goal of the season, the goal was ruled as an own goal.

Just a few minutes later Williams took on Pride defender Ali Krieger one-v-one in the left corner. Krieger kept her feet and the two battled it out. The ball eventually slipped out into the feet of Debinha who was poking around waiting for Williams to find her. Debinha struck it far post past Harris to hand her team a 2-0 lead and finish off her eighth goal of the season. Williams earned her fifth assist on the year.

In the 88th minute Williams got one of her own. A solid Courage build up eventually found defender Merritt Mathias out wide to the right. Mathias served the ball into the box where Williams headed it into the net for her 11th goal of the season. Williams is now just one goal behind Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr in the Golden Boot race. Williams finished the match with seven shots and one key pass.

Before the Pride own goal, Harris made two back-to-back stellar saves to keep her side in the game. In the 70th minute Debinha took a free kick for the Courage and served towards the far post where Courage midfielder Sam Mewis headed it far post. Harris made a one-handed diving save to keep it scoreless. The ball then popped out to Debinha who struck it far post, but Harris made another stop to help the Courage keep their breath. Harris made three saves in the loss.

Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland picked up her sixth shutout and made one save on the morning.

After the match the Courage were presented with the 2018 NWSL Shield by Amanda Duffy.

The Courage return to action on Saturday on the road vs. Seattle Reign FC and the Pride will next host the Red Stars on Saturday for a fourth place vs. fifth place match up.

This story will be updated

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