Sights: North Carolina Courage First Home Opener

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.