Runaway train: North Carolina Courage's unbeaten streak reaches 10 games

The North Carolina Courage's unbeaten streak to start the 2018 season now stands at 10 games thanks to a 4-3 victory at the Orlando Pride.

How far ahead is the Courage?

It leads the second-place Seattle Reign, which lost at Houston, 2-1, on Wednesday, by 12 points and the three teams tied for third, including the Pride, by 14 points.

It has more than twice as many points as every other team in the league except the Reign.



The Pride game was expected to be a high-scoring affair, and it did not disappoint. The three Courage-Pride meetings in 2017 produced 13 goals, and the seven goals on Wednesday were the most in an NWSL game in 2018.

The Courage led 1-0 and 3-1 but needed a goal from Jessica McDonald in the 90th minute to win the game. The goal was second of the game for McDonald, who is the top Courage producer with four goals and three assists. Debinha and Sam Mewis also scored for the Courage.

The Pride, which got goals from Chioma Ubogagu, Alanna Kennedy and Rachel Hill, had come into the game with a 10-game winning streak.

May 23 in Orlando, Florida
Orlando 3 NC Courage 4. Goals: Ubogagu 52, Kennedy 65, Hill 83; McDonald 32, 90, Debinha 57, Mewis 62.
Orlando -- Harris; Pickett (Poliana 78), Zadorsky, Edmonds, Krieger, Kennedy, Van Egmond, Nairn (Weatherholt 74), Ubogagu (Hill 75), Morgan, Marta.
NC Courage -- Rowland, Hinkle, Erceg, Dahlkemper, Mathias, O’Sullivan (Speck 81), Zerboni, Mewis, Debinha (Hamilton 81), McDonald, Dunn.
Att.: 3,104

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1 comment about "Runaway train: North Carolina Courage's unbeaten streak reaches 10 games".
  1. peter grill, May 24, 2018 at 8:17 a.m.

    can women put a team in the open cup or is it mandated for men only? It would seem the Couragecould be competitive with some of these men's clubs.

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