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Three Players Make NC Courage Debut in 4-1 Loss to Houston Dash

October 4, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage News Release

Houston, TX - In their third match of the NWSL Fall Series, the North Carolina Courage fell 4-1 to the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday night. Lynn Williams recorded the lone goal for the Courage, her second of the Fall Series. Havana Solaun, Ari Romero, and Sinclaire Miramontez made their debuts for the Courage during the match.

With 16 minutes gone in the first half, Shea Groom had a dangerous, close-range shot attempt that was punched over the net by Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. Rowland's key save kept the score deadlocked at 0-0 in the opening minutes of the match.

In the 30th minute, the Dash were awarded a corner kick. Kristie Mewis took the kick, playing a quick one-two pass with a teammate, receiving the ball once again, and dribbling to the goal line. Mewis played in a cross that was tapped in by Dash midfielder Sophie Schmidt, giving Houston a 1-0 advantage late into the first half.

Seven minutes later, the Courage defense had a turnover near the box. Pouncing on the opportunity, Dash forward Veronica Latsko took a touch into the box and scored on a close-range shot to extend Houston's lead to 2-0 as the first half wound down.

Houston added a third goal in the 60th minute when Mewis received a drop pass from Latsko outside of the Courage eighteen. Mewis buried the shot, rendering the score 3-0 in favor of the Dash.

Working to recover the deficit, the Courage maintained possession and began connecting passes in the final third. Their efforts were finally rewarded when Ryan Williams lofted a cross into the box, finding the head of Lynn Williams. Williams redirected a looping header past Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell and into the upper ninety, bringing the score to 3-1.

In the 83rd minute, Groom recorded Houston's fourth goal of the night. Mewis played a ball across the box that Groom ran into the net. The assist was Mewis' third of the night.

Up Next: The North Carolina Courage will travel to face the Orlando Pride on Saturday, October 17th at 4:00 p.m. ET, their final match of the NWSL Fall Series.

Notes:

Rylee Baisden started her first professional match as a forward beside her college roommate Lynn Williams.

Havana Solaun made her NC Courage debut, entering the match as a substitution at halftime.

Ari Romero and Sinclaire Miramontez made their NC Courage debut as substitutions in the 85th minute.

Ryan Williams recorded her first professional assist in tonight's contest.

Lynn Williams scored her second goal of the NWSL Fall Series in the match.

Box Score:

HOU (4-3-3): Jane Campbell ©; Haley Hanson, Allysha Chapman, Katie Naughton, Ally Prisock (Megan Oyster, 88'); Kristie Mewis (Christine Nairn, 89'), Shea Groom, Sophie Schmidt; Veronica Latsko (Katie Stengel, 85'), Brianna Visalli (Jamia Fields, 79'), Nichelle Prince (Maegan Kelly, 89')

Subs Not Used: Cambria Privett, Amanda Dennis

NCC (4-4-2 Box): Katelyn Rowland; Ryan Williams, Abby Dahlkemper ©, Addisyn Merrick, Meredith Speck (Arianna Romero, 85'); Peyton Perea (Danica Evans, 78'), Cari Roccaro (Sinclair Miramontez, 83'), Lauren Milliet (Havana Solaun, 46'), Debinha; Lynn Williams, Rylee Baisden (Hailey Harbison, 46')

Subs Not Used: Kaleigh Kurtz, Samantha Murphy

Score:

HOU: 4

NCC: 1

Goals:

HOU: Sophie Schmidt (Kristie Mewis, 30'), Veronica Latsko (Kristie Mewis, 37'), Kristie Mewis (Veronica Latsko, 60'), Shea Groom (Kristie Mewis, 83')

NCC: Lynn Williams (Ryan Williams, 74')

Cautions:

HOU: Shea Groom (70')

NCC: --

Ejections:

HOU: --

NCC: --


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