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Courage Rally to Tie Utah

by Fran Stuchbury
May 20, 2019 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage

North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC
North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC
(North Carolina Courage, Credit: Fran Stuchbury)

The North Carolina Courage and Utah Royals FC played to a 1-1 draw in front of 4,821 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park this weekend.

"The second half was great," said North Carolina Courage Head Coach Paul Riley. "We've got to start the first half like that and play the whole game like that. The first 25 minutes, we didn't get out of the gates at all. We let them dictate the tempo of the game and they want to slow down and knock the ball around."

Utah Royals FC have tied the North Courage in three of the four games between the two teams since last season and remain the only NWSL team not to lose to North Carolina.

Utah Royals FC opened up the scoring in the eighth minute with a goal by Amy Rodriguez. She is in her second season with the Utah Royals FC and has also spent time with the United States national team.

The Courage tied the game in the second half at the 78th minute courtesy midfielder Elizabeth Eddy assisted by Debinha. Eddy came into the game at the 68th minute.

"Somehow the ball squared to Deb, we made eye contact, she looked up, dinked it over the top and I just attacked it and hit it laces solid, upper-90ish," Eddy said.

Eddy was a member of the Western New York Flash in 2015 and 2016. This was the first goal she has scored since the 2015 season. She has only appeared in eight games with the Courage since the 2017 season.

The Courage were without Stephanie Labbe, Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis, Jessica McDonald and Crystal Dunn who were out of the lineup due to international duty.

The North Carolina Courage's next game is on the road on Memorial Day against Reign FC. Their next home game is June 15th against Portland Thorns FC.





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