Sights: North Carolina Courage First Home Opener

Hayley Raso is feeling it.Adrianna Franch makes a save during warm-ups.Flyover.Mana Shim.Portland Thorns FC during introductions.North Carolina Courage during introductions.Christine Sinclair.Sam Mews lines up a shot.Jaelene Hinkle controls the ball.Jessica McDonald up close.Action from the North Carolina Courage's first home opener.Nadia Nadim and Yuri Kawamura.Abby Dahlkemper heads the ball.Allie Long of the Portland Thorns.Celeste Boureille.Lindsey Horan and Sam Mewis vie for the ball.Abby Erceg looks to start the attack.Emily Sonnett and Jess McDonald battle for the ball.North Carolina Courage's Yuri Kawamura.Makenzy Doniak has her eyes on the ball.Adrianna Franch makes a save with a little help from Emily Menges. Nadia Nadim takes one for the team.Sabrina D'Angelo distributes the ball.Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns FC.Debinha of the North Carolina Courage.Sinclair and Mewis.Celeste Boureille and Jaelene Hinkle.Courage supporters.Adrianna Franch punches the ball out.Allie Long in discussion with the referee.Battling.Paul Riley, head coach of the North Carolina Courage.Lindsey Horan on the attack.Lynn Williams gets up.Sam Mewis and Amandine Henry get to know one another.Amandine Henry expresses herself.Sam Mewis and Amandine Henry may or may not be on the same page.Meghan Cox developing a relationship with the ball.Sam Mewis recieves a yellow card.Taylor Smith and the ball.The North Carolina Courage celebrate Debinha's goal.Ashley Hatch.Taylor Smith (11) and Nadia Nadim (9).Abby Dahlkemper.Supporter problems.Mark Parsons, head coach of the Portland Thorns FC.Horan and Sonnett.Sabrina D'Angelo of the North Carolina Courage takes a moment.McCall Zerboni celebrates the Courage's win.Celebrating a win.

The North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) won its very first home opener, 1-0, over the Portland Thorns FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina on April 22, 2017, in front of a crowd of 6,298.

The team, formerly the Western New York Flash, relocated to Cary, North Carolina, from Rochester, New York, in the offseason after an ownership change. The Western New York Flash won the 2016 NWSL Championship and retain the core of its team, including head coach Paul Riley.

Debinha had the game-winner in the 81st minute, burying a header off a Jessica McDonald cross in from the right.

The team is coming off a week one win over the Washington Spirit.

Shane Lardinois was on the sidelines to capture all of the action.

 

 

 

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