Courage win the NWSL Shield, earn 12th shutout with 4-0 win over Dash
The Courage are now 16-6-1
The North Carolina Courage celebrate a goal. (Photo credit: Christian Inoferio/
The North Carolina Courage celebrate a goal. (Photo credit: Christian Inoferio/

The North Carolina Courage wrapped up the NWSL Shield with a 4-0 win over the Houston Dash on Wednesday night at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

The win is the Courage’s 12th shutout of the regular season, a new NWSL record for most shutouts in the season. They are now 16-6-1 (49 points), which ties them with the 2014 Seattle Reign for most wins in a single season.

North Carolina scored four goals in a game for the first time this season.


It didn’t take long for the Courage to get on the board. They made it 1-0 in the 13th minute after a quick restart by defender Abby Dahlkemper. She passed to Sam Mewis who fired it past Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell for her sixth goal of the year.


The Courage made it 2-0 in the 38th minute after a wonderful individual effort from Lynn Williams, the reigning NWSL MVP. It’s the seventh goal of the season for Williams.

Midfielder Debinha made it 3-0 in favor of the Courage in the 51st minute.

Rookie forward Ashley Hatch scored her seventh goal of the season in the 56th minute to make it 4-0.

Hatch and Williams are tied for the team lead with seven goals this season.

Williams, Hatch and Debinha all finished the game with a goal and an assist each.

Goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo made her first start since May 27. She made four saves to pick up the record-setting shutout for the Courage.

The Courage will wrap up the regular season with a home game on Saturday night vs. the Orlando Pride. It could be a playoff preview — if the season ended today, the Pride would have the No. 4 seed, meaning they would face the Courage in the semifinal on October 8 in North Carolina. Both teams have already clinched their playoff spots.

The Dash (7-14-2, 23 points) wrap up their season on the road vs. FC Kansas City on Sunday, October 1.




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