N.C. Courage Wins NWSL Championship

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N.C. Courage Wins NWSL Championship

NC Courage

NC Courage

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  North Carolina Courage beat the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship on October 27. This is the 2nd NWSL Championship title for Courage after beating the Portland Thorns last year. 

The championship game was held in Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, with record-breaking attendance of 10,227. Courage made history by being the first NWSL team to win a championship at home. 

  The first goal of the game was scored by midfielder Debinha in the fourth minute. Debinha serves on the Brazilian National Team and played in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for Brazil. The game’s second goal was scored in the 26th minute by forward Jessica McDonald. McDonald is a member of the United States Women’s National Team which won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July. McDonald played on the Women’s Soccer team for UNC-Chapel Hill while in college. 

  Crystal Dunn, forward, scored Courage’s third goal of the game in stoppage time of the first half. Dunn also is a member of the United States Women’s National Team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. Dunn, like McDonald, played for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Women’ Soccer Team. As a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, she was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and as a senior she received ACC Defensive Player of the Year. 

  The game’s fourth and final goal was scored in the 61st minute by midfielder Sam Mewis. Mewis also served on the winning United States Women’s National Team. 

The Chicago Red Stars were unable to score any goals, and NC Courage won its second NWSL Championship. 

  NC Courage midfielder Heather O’Reilly played her last NWSL game at the championship. She announced her retirement at the beginning of the 2019 season. O’Reilly was a member of the United States Women’s National Team when they won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and three Olympic Gold Medals (2004, 2008, and 2012). She retired from international play in 2016.