The North Carolina Courage remained in first place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) after a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match was the league’s first midweek contest of the season. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Courage and snaps a two-game winning streak for Sky Blue.
There was heavy squad rotation as the midweek game marked the second game in a seven-day stretch that will see both teams play three games with their next games on Saturday. For North Carolina, goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland got her first start of the season and made two saves on the evening. Abby Erceg returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for a record received in the Courage’s 1-3 loss to Orlando on May 14.
For Sky Blue, Kayla Mills got the start in defense while McKenzie Meehan started up top. Raquel Rodriguez and Sam Kerr started on the bench.
North Carolina struck in the 20th minute off a rocket just outside of the box by Lynn Williams for her third goal of the season. Williams, given too much space and time from the Sky Blue defense, launched a right-footed strike that beat goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan far post.
Jessica McDonald almost doubled the lead in the 33rd minute after finding herself open on the left side and taking the ball in on goal to fire a left-footed shot that beat Sheridan but not the crossbar.