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Courage to Face Washington Spirit to Continue Challenge Cup Preliminary Round

June 29, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage News Release

Herriman, Utah - The North Carolina Courage will continue the preliminary round of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup against the Washington Spirit at Zion's Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah this Wednesday, July 1 at 10 p.m. EST. The Courage will look to secure their second win of the tournament in Wednesday's game.

Most recently, the Courage bested Portland Thorns FC by a score of 2-1 in the opening match of the Challenge Cup behind goals from Debinha and Lynn Williams. Debinha scored first, notching a goal assisted by teammate Hailie Mace, who made her NWSL debut in the match. Portland's Simone Charley scored five minutes later to bring the score to a draw, only to be answered by Williams heading in a game-winning goal off a cross from Sam Mewis.

Following the Courage's win over Portland, the Washington Spirit defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 on Saturday night with goals from USWNT standout Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch.

In the last meeting between the two teams, the Courage fell to the Spirit 2-1 despite a dominant performance. Lynn Williams recorded her 50th NWSL goal to put the Courage up 1-0, but a late equalizer by Rose Lavelle rendered the score 1-1. Mallory Pugh scored the Spirit's second goal to win the match for Washington.

Up Next:

The North Carolina Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, July 5 at 12:30 p.m. EST to continue the preliminary round of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.

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North Carolina Courage - #10 Debinha

After a dominant performance on offense in Saturday's win against the Thorns, fans can expect Debinha to challenge the Spirit's defense and create scoring opportunities for the Courage.

Washington Spirit - #10 Rose Lavelle

Lavelle is known for her quick footwork and creativity on the ball, making her dangerous in the midfield and difficult to defend. She will look to secure another preliminary round win for the Spirit in Wednesday's game.

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