Courage stay unbeaten with 2-0 win over Dash
The Courage are now 5-0-1
The North Carolina Courage celebrate their goal vs. the Houston Dash in Week 5. (Photo credit:
The North Carolina Courage celebrate their goal vs. the Houston Dash in Week 5. (Photo credit:

The North Carolina Courage improved to 5-0-1 with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday afternoon to kick off Week 5 in the NWSL.

Crystal Dunn got the Courage on the board in just the third minute with her third goal of the season. Following a long throw-in from Jessica McDonald that bounced in the box, Dunn hit it home to put the Courage up 1-0.

McDonald nearly got a goal of her own in the 15th minute, but her header was tipped over the bar by Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell for one of her five saves in the match.

Kristen Hamilton scored three minutes into the second half, her first tally of the season. On a corner kick — one of seven in the game for North Carolina — the ball bounced outside of the box and was picked up by Hamilton after Denise O’Sullivan made a play for it. Hamilton struck it from 25 yards out and past Campbell to make it 2-0.

“Honestly, my teammates were kind of telling me that I just need to take a shot, take chances,” Hamilton said on Lifetime after the game. “I took it to heart.”

Courage goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo made three saves to earn her fourth shutout of the season, including two on the same play as the ball bounced around in the box. The first, a fingertip save on a ball that went off the crossbar from Amber Brooks, and then a follow-up kick save on a point-blank shot from Nichelle Prince. Courage forward Lynn Williams appeared to hit defender Kristie Mewis in the face with a high kick on the play, but no foul was called.

Dash defender Janine van Wyk recorded six blocked shots in the game, one more than Campbell’s total number of saves. She earned two on the same play in the 6th minute and also one in the 74th minute on a shot from well outside the box that appeared to hit her in the face.

Dash forward Kealia Ohai started and played 61 minutes in her first start since tearing her ACL last year. She played her first minutes last week vs. the Pride.

“We’ve given up a lot of goals on set pieces and when you go down one or two, it’s very difficult to come back from that. So we need to eliminate the goals on set pieces and then we can start to build from there,” Ohai told Dalen Cuff on Lifetime after the game.

Dash midfielder Linda Motlhalo left in the 76th minute with what appeared to be an injury to her right lower leg.

The Dash fell to 0-3-2 with the result and will next face Sky Blue FC on May 5. The Courage will host the Chicago Red Stars on May 6.





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