Cary, NC (December 15, 2020)- Three players will return to the North Carolina Courage for 2021 after signing contracts, the team announced today. Hailey Harbison, Samantha Murphy, and Ryan Williams have each signed a one-year contract with a one-year option ahead of the 2021 season.
Harbison was selected 9th overall in the 2019 NWSL Draft out of Pepperdine. Due to an ACL injury, Harbison missed the 2019 season. She made her first appearance for the Courage during the 2020 Fall Series. She was able to play in a total of three matches for 126 minutes in the series in September and October.
Murphy first joined the team on a goalkeeper replacement contract in April 2019 before signing a full contract in July 2019. She has made two appearances for the Courage and has one clean sheet against the Orlando Pride on June 1, 2019.
Williams was selected 40th overall in the 2018 NWSL Draft by the NC Courage. She was signed as a national team replacement player twice during the 2018 season and was able to participate in the 2018 Women’s International Champions Cup. Her first start came in the Women’s ICC Championship which the Courage won 1-0. In 2019, the defender played in four matches for 232 minutes. R. Williams played in one match in the NWSL Challenge Cup and four games during the Fall Series during the unorthodox 2020 season.