Courage, Sky Blue FC draw 1-1
North Carolina could not wrap up the NWSL Shield on Sunday night
Courage rookie forward Ashley Hatch scored her sixth goal of the season in the first half vs. Sky Blue FC. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for
Courage rookie forward Ashley Hatch scored her sixth goal of the season in the first half vs. Sky Blue FC. (Photo credit: Robyn Walsh McNeil for

The Courage will have to wait another game to wrap up the NWSL Shield. Sam Kerr will have to wait another game for her record-breaking 17th goal. With several records possible on Sunday night at Yurcak Field in New Jersey, North Carolina and Sky Blue FC played to a 1-1 draw.


With a win, North Carolina would’ve clinched the best record in the league and the NWSL Shield. They were also in search of their record-breaking 12th shutout of the season, but Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez scored in the 75th minute to deny that record as well.


It’s the first tie of the season for the Courage, who had gone a record 21 games without a draw. They are now 15-6-1 with 46 points. The tie means they can’t best Seattle’s all-time record of 54 points in one season — though they will get two chances to equal or tie the Reign’s record 16 wins in that same 2014 season.

The game for Kerr came just two days after finding out that she was not named to the shortlist for the The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017.

“I expected it. It’s always the way,” Kerr told reporters after the game. “There’s been so many players that have missed out whether they deserved it or not.”

As for the record? “The record means nothing. I don’t care about records. We didn’t make the finals. That’s the main thing,” Kerr said.

Sky Blue FC was eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago.

North Carolina forward Ashley Hatch thought she had scored the sixth goal of her rookie season in the 27th minute, but was ruled offside on the play.


On the ensuing restart from Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Casey, Hatch would get her goal. Sam Mewis won the ball at midfield, and Hatch was off to the races. She caught up to it and hit a left-footed shot to the far post to make it 1-0.



It looked for a moment in the 60th minute like Kerr had scored her record-breaking 17th goal of the season, but she was offside on the play.



Rodriguez evened the score in the 75th minute with some help from Kerr.



Courage forward Lynn Williams had a number of good chances in the match, but was denied by Casey on more than one occasion. Casey made six saves in the game, including a stop on Williams in the 86th minute


Casey started for the first time this season as rookie goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan had the night off.


North Carolina will play two games this week to finish the regular season. First up is a Wednesday night meeting with the Dash in Texas and then the regular season finale at home on Saturday night vs. the Pride.


Sky Blue FC (9-11-3, 30 points) will wrap up their season on Saturday in Boston vs. the Breakers.

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