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Match Report: Marta’s Goal Splits Points Between Orlando Pride and Seattle Reign on Sunday

May 22, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match Report: Marta’s Goal Splits Points Between Orlando Pride and Seattle Reign on Sunday

Caroline Stanley replaces injured Ashlyn Harris early in match

Orlando Pride (1-2-3, 6 points) battled to a hard-fought draw at Seattle Reign FC (2-1-3, 9 points) on Sunday evening with Marta scoring her second goal in purple to secure a point on the road.

The win gave the Pride points in three straight matches, its last two against the league’s top teams. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match Report: NC Courage Falls 3-1 to Chicago, Remains at Top of NWSL Table

May 22, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match Report: NC Courage Falls 3-1 to Chicago, Remains at Top of NWSL Table

The NC Courage faced a setback, as the Chicago Red Stars scored three goals during a 15-minute span in the first half to win 3-1 at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Christen Press, Sofia Huerta and Vanessa Di Bernardo all scored for the Red Stars, while Lynn Williams pulled one back in the second half for the Courage.

Despite the loss, the Courage remain at the top of the NWSL standings with 12 points. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Orlando Pride Knocks Off Unbeaten North Carolina for First Win of 2017

May 16, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match report: Orlando Pride Knocks Off Unbeaten North Carolina for First Win of 2017

Orlando Pride (1-2-2, 5 points) entered Sunday’s Mother’s Day match ready to battle for its first win of the season and left victorious, taking all three points against the visiting North Carolina Courage (4-1-0, 12 points).

The Pride took a two-goal lead in a span of 70 seconds and never let off, seeing through a 3-1 final at Orlando City Stadium.

With the win, the Pride become to the first team to beat the Courage this season and first team to score multiple goals against the relocated side. Read the rest of this entry →

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NC Courage Remain Undefeated After Beating Boston Breakers 1-0 in front of 2,276 fans

May 8, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

North Carolina Courage

NC Courage Remain Undefeated After Beating Boston Breakers 1-0 in front of 2,276 fans

The NC Courage (4W-0L-0T, 12 pts) are still undefeated after beating the Boston Breakers (2W-2L-0T, 6 pts) 1-0 in a hard-fought battle at Jordan Stadium in Boston, Mass. on Sunday night.

A record-breaking goal by Jessica McDonald in the first half was enough to give the Courage a perfect 4-0 record to start their inaugural season.

The beginning of the game saw limited action, with the NC Courage’s first dangerous chance coming from Lynn Williams in the 12th minute. The striker maneuvered her way through two Boston defenders, but her shot was ultimately blocked by Breakers’ Angela Salem. Read the rest of this entry →

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Marta Scores First NWSL Goal as Orlando Pride Draw 1-1 against FC Kansas City

May 8, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

Orlando Pride

Marta Scores First NWSL Goal as Orlando Pride Draw 1-1 against FC Kansas City

Jasmyne Spencer earns first assist of the season

Orlando Pride (0-2-2, 4 points) earned its second draw of the season on Sunday night, seeing a 1-1 result against FC Kansas City (1-2-1, 4 points) at Swope Soccer Village.

After a series of opportunities throughout the match, Marta got on the board first, scoring her first National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) goal in the second half. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Seattle Reign FC tied Portland Thorns FC 2-2 in front of 16,160 fans

May 7, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match report: Seattle Reign FC tied Portland Thorns FC 2-2 in front of 16,160 fans

Seattle Reign FC tied Portland Thorns FC 2-2 in the first of three meetings between the teams this season. This is the only match between the Cascadia rivals at Providence Park, where Reign FC’s all-time record now stands at 2-4-2.

The tie marks the first time Reign FC (1-1-2, 5 pts) have scored two goals at Providence Park. Seattle’s all-time goal differential against Portland remains positive, having scored 18 goals and allowed only 13. Read the rest of this entry →

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England beat Republic of Ireland in opening UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship group game

May 2, 2017 in Match report, News, Under-17s

Heather Payne of Republic of Ireland and Amy Rodgers of England during their group B match. Credit: Sportsfile/UEFA.
Heather Payne of Republic of Ireland and Amy Rodgers of England during their group B match. Credit: Sportsfile/UEFA.

England beat Republic of Ireland in opening UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship group game

Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17s suffered defeat in their opening Group B game at the European Championships.

Dave Bell’s side suffered a 5-0 defeat as goals from Poppy Pattinson, Bethany May O’Donnell, Jessica Ngunga, Lauren Hemp and Nicole Douglas sealed a convincing win for a strong England side.

Ireland were made to rue the missed chances they had in the game, none better than 20 seconds into the match when Alannah McEvoy broke free after a defensive error but her shot was well saved by Hannah Hampton. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match Report: Seattle Reign FC Fall 3-0 to Boston Breakers in First Road Match

April 30, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match Report: Seattle Reign FC Fall 3-0 to Boston Breakers in First Road Match

Seattle Reign FC fell 3-0 to the Boston Breakers in their first road match of the 2017 NWSL season. This is Reign FC’s first loss on the season, and their first-ever loss to the Breakers, making their all-time record against the Boston side 9-1-1.

The loss marks the first time Reign FC (1-1-1, 4 pts) have been shutout by the Breakers. Seattle’s all-time goal differential against Boston remains in positive, having scored 24 goals and allowed only 11. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match Report: NC Courage remains perfect in 2017 NWSL Season with 3-1 home win over Orlando Pride

April 30, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

Match Report: NC Courage remains perfect in 2017 NWSL Season with 3-1 home win over Orlando Pride

Match Report: NC Courage remains perfect in 2017 NWSL Season with 3-1 home win over Orlando Pride

The North Carolina Courage (3W-0L-0T; 9 pts) remain atop of the NWSL leaderboard after a 3-1 win against the Orlando Pride (0W-2L-1T; 1 pt) on Saturday afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Jessica McDonald, Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams provided goals in the stunning effort.

The Courage didn’t waste any time, opening scoring in the 6th minute as Jessica McDonald found a rebound shot off a Lynn Williams header. McDonald deftly slipped the ball past the outstretched foot of Orlando goalkeeper, Ashlyn Harris. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: North Carolina Courage Earns First Ever Win in Club History

April 16, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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North Carolina Courage Earns First Ever Win in Club History

McCall Zerboni scores first goal for North Carolina Courage

The North Carolina Courage (1W-0L-0T; 3 pts) took to the road and played their first game in club history in a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit (0W-1L-0T; 0 pts) at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday afternoon.

Midfielder McCall Zerboni scored the NC Courages’ first-ever goal in the 18th minute with a left-footed shot off a cross from Makenzy Doniak.

After both teams initially settled into the match, it was the Courage with the vast majority of chances created, as they ramped up the pressure and began their attack. Read the rest of this entry →