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North Carolina Courage Draw in Second Match of the NWSL Fall Series

September 19, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage News Release

Cary, NC - Despite taking 13 shots in the second half, the North Carolina Courage were unable to find the net against the Orlando Pride on Saturday afternoon. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, rendering the Courage's record 1-0-1 in the 2020 NWSL Fall Series.

Fighting for a go-ahead goal, the Courage created several scoring opportunities in the first half. In the 41st minute, the Courage were rewarded a free-kick from just outside the eighteen. Captain Abby Dahlkemper took the kick, lofting the ball into the box and meeting the feet of Debinha. Debinha settled the cross and fired off a shot that curled just wide of the right post, narrowly missing the net.

Early in the second half, the Courage continued to challenge the Pride defense, eager to gain an upper hand. In the 53rd minute, Lynn Williams tapped a pass to Lauren Milliet who took the ball in stride, dribbling down the right flank for the cross. It was Debinha on the receiving end of the ball once again, getting off a close-range shot only to witness an impressive save by Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

In the 80th minute, Debinha was on the ball again, beating a Pride defender up the right flank and playing a pass to Williams. Williams dribbled with speed towards the box, playing a driven ball across the face of the net that nearly crossed the goal line. The cross slipped underneath Harris but was cleared out by the Pride's defense, yet another dangerous chance for the Courage.

As the final minutes of the match ticked away, the Courage battled for a goal to win the game, with Williams and Debinha leading the charge in pressing the Pride defense and maintaining possession in the attacking third. Despite the Courage's best efforts to score, the match ended in a 0-0 tie.

It was announced today that the Courage are playing for the local non-profit 321 Coffee in the 2020 Verizon Community Shield. The team has four points and four goals in the race for the Shield, after a big win against the Houston Dash last week.

Up Next: The North Carolina Courage will travel to face the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on October 4 at 7 p.m. ET.

Notes:

Peyton Perea earned her first NWSL start with the NC Courage.

The Courage took 26 crosses and 18 shots during the match.

The Courage maintained 77.5% passing accuracy throughout the match.

Box Score:

NCC (4-3-3): Steph Labbe; Kaleigh Kurtz, Abby Dahlkemper ©, Peyton Perea, Addisyn Merrick; Lauren Milliet (Danica Evans, 66'), Debinha, Cari Roccaro; Lynn Williams, Ryan Williams (Hailey Harbison, 69'), Meredith Speck (Rylee Baisden, 69')

Subs Not Used: Katelyn Rowland, Arianna Romero, Kristina Maksuti, Sam Murphy

ORL (4-3-3): Ashlyn Harris; Carrie Lawrence, Ali Krieger ©, Toni Pressley, Courtney Peterson; Jordyn Listro (Chelsee Washington, 87'), Marisa Viggiano, Marta Vieira da Silva; Kristen Edmonds (Kate Howarth, 80'), Sydney Leroux, Abby Elinsky (Deneisha Blackwood, 64')

Subs Not Used: Brittany Wilson, Savannah Uveges, Konya Plummer, Ally Haran

Score:

NCC: 0

ORL: 0

Goals:

NCC: --

ORL: --

Cautions:

NCC: Cari Roccaro (10'),

ORL: Jordyn Listro (35')

Ejections:

NCC: --

ORL: --


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