North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride Draw to Conclude the NWSL Fall Series
Orlando, FL - The North Carolina Courage tied the Orlando Pride 3-3 in their final contest of the NWSL Fall Series on Saturday at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The high-scoring game saw a goal from Lynn Williams and two goals in a standout performance from Debinha, who was awarded the honor of Charles and Colvard Brilliant Player of the Game.
The Courage entered the match raring to gain an early advantage. In the 7th minute, Addisyn Merrick was tripped by the Pride defense, resulting in a set-piece opportunity for the Courage. Debinha took the kick, lofting a ball into the box and finding the head of Peyton Perea. Perea redirected the header downwards and just wide of the right goalpost, narrowly missing the net.
Later, in the 18th minute, Lauren Milliet recovered a Pride turnover in the midfield and slipped a through ball to Debinha. In a true show of her speed and skill on the ball, Debinha took her space, taking a touch into the box and slotting a driven ball past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. The goal was Debinha's third of the NWSL Fall Series, giving the Courage an upper hand with a 1-0 lead.
With six minutes of stoppage time added in the first half, the Courage looked to extend their lead as the final minutes ticked away. Their efforts were rewarded when Debinha played a pass to Williams, who took advantage of the breakaway chance, scoring to double the Courage's lead 2-0.
One minute later, Meredith Speck caused yet another Pride turnover in the midfield. Speck recovered the ball, taking a touch and threading a near-perfect pass to the feet of Debinha. Again, Debinha worked her magic, slipping the ball into the lower-left corner of the net on her first touch to record the brace. The goal brought the Courage's lead to 3-0 to end the first half.
In the 54th minute, Pride forward Sydney Leroux fired a shot on goal that was answered with a diving save by Katelyn Rowland. The save was deflected to the feet of Marisa Viggiano in the box, who tapped the ball in at close range to cut the Courage's lead to 3-1.
In the 71st minute, Kristen Edmonds added another goal for the Pride, rendering the score 3-2. Later, the Pride was rewarded a set piece that was headed in by Ally Haran in the final minutes of the second half, tying the match at 3-3. Despite the Courage's best efforts to score a game-winning goal, the match ended in a draw.
Havana Solaun started her first match for the NC Courage.
Lauren Milliet tallied her first professional assist.
Debinha scored a brace for the second time in the Fall Series, leading the Courage in scoring throughout the four games.
ORL (4-4-2): Ashlyn Harris; Kristen Edmonds, Toni Pressley ©, Ali Krieger, Courtney Petersen; Deneisha Blackwood (Carrie Lawrence, 60'), Marisa Viggiano, Jordyn Listro (Ally Haran, 86'), Abby Elinsky (Chelsee Washington, 72'); Marta, Sydney Leroux
Subs Not Used: Kate Howarth, Brittany Wilson, Konya Plummer, Savannah Uveges
NCC (5-4-1 Box): Katelyn Rowland; Meredith Speck (Rylee Baisden, 82'), Cari Roccaro, Abby Dahlkemper ©, Ryan Williams, Addisyn Merrick (Kaleigh Kurtz, 88'); Lauren Milliet (Danica Evans, 88'), Peyton Perea, Debinha, Havana Solaun (Hailey Harbison, 60'); Lynn Williams
Subs Not Used: Sinclair Miramontez, Samantha Leshnak, Arianna Romero
ORL: Marissa Viggiano (unassisted, 54'), Kristen Edmonds (Carrie Lawrence, 71'), Ally Haran (Marta, 90')
NCC: Debinha (Lauren Milliet, 19'), Lynn Williams (Debinha, 45'), Debinha (Meredith Speck, 45')
ORL: Ali Krieger (15'), Jordyn Listro (85')
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