Courage win on the road in Seattle, 2-1 over the Reign
The Courage snapped the Reign's 15-game unbeaten streak at Memorial Stadium
Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made five saves in North Carolina's 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC in Week 16. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/
Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made five saves in North Carolina's 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC in Week 16. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/

Sam Mewis scored twice as the North Carolina Courage won on the road in Seattle 2-1 over the Reign in front of a crowd of 4,156 fans.


The loss is the first home loss of the season for the Reign and snaps a 15-game unbeaten streak at Memorial Stadium. The Reign did extend their home scoring streak to 27 games despite the loss.


The Courage are now 12-5-0 with 36 points, five points clear of the Thorns who sit in second place. The Reign are 6-5-6 with 24 points, two behind the Pride for the fourth and final playoff spot, but Seattle has played one less game than Orlando.

The Reign were without Megan Rapinoe (left meniscus tear) and Jess Fishlock (excused absence) for the game. The Reign said on Friday that Rapinoe will miss five weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.


Mewis opened the scoring in the 24th minute after some nice work between Jess McDonald and Lynn Williams. McDonald dribbled down the left wing and into the box, sending a low cross to the feet of Williams, who laid it off for Mewis at the top of the 18. Mewis one-timed it, hammering a hard, right-footed shot to the near post and past Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer.

The Reign found the equalizer in the 40th minute as right back Merritt Mathias dribbled into the attack and pushed a pass out to the right wing for midfielder Lindsay Elston. Elston quickly served a cross into the six yard box and Rumi Utsugi darted into the open space and finished it one-time to make it 1-1.

The Reign nearly took the lead in the second half but were denied by two stellar saves from Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. The first was a 65th minute diving stop on Nahomi Kawasumi after a bending Lauren Barnes cross fell to Kawasumi on the right wing.

The second stop came just three minutes later on a shot by Beverly Yanez.


Mewis hit the game-winner in the 74th minute after a long throw-in in from Courage forward Ashley Hatch. Mewis won the initial header and then cleaned up the rebound after a missed clearance by the Reign.

The Reign had a chance in the game’s final seconds to tie the game, but were unable to find the equalizer. Christine Nairn sent a long cross into the box, but Kiersten Dallstream just couldn’t get her diving header on frame.


The Courage get a rest after playing on Thursday this past week as they will not play until Saturday when they host the Spirit in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. The Reign will visit the Red Stars on Wednesday and then visit Sky Blue FC on Saturday.

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