NWSL Focus: Courage juggernaut rolls on

It should have been two of the toughest tests of the season for the North Carolina Courage.

On consecutive Wednesdays, the Courage took to the road to face Orlando, the winner of 10 straight home games, and Portland, the defending NWSL champion.

In both games, Paul Riley's women put up four goals on the scoreboard.

The Courage left it late to win at Orlando, 4-3, on a goal from Jessica McDonald in the 90th minute. The match at Providence Park wasn't close. The Courage won, 4-1, conceding its only goal in the 89th minute.

Lynn Williams gave the Courage a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, and it blew the game open with three goals in a span of six minutes in the second half from Brazilian Debinha, Williams with her second of the game and Sam Mewis.

“It’s tough to evaluate right now because of the emotion," said Thorns coach Mark Parsons of the rematch of the 2017 NWSL finalists. "There were a lot of things that happened within those six minutes that I can’t remember. It was a rough night in the office, it’s tough to concede the [second] goal when we were doing really well to manage the game."

May 30 in Portland, Ore.
Portland 1 NC Courage 4. Goals: Reynolds 89; Williams pen. 31, 62, Debinha 58, Mewis 64.
Portland -- Eckerstrom, Reynolds, Hubly, Menges, Klingenberg, Purce (Lussi 72), Horan, Sinclair, Heath, Crnogorcevic (Carpenter, 46), Onumonu (Andressinha, 57).
NC Courage -- Rowland, Mathias, Erceg, Dahlkemper, Hinkle, Mewis, Zerboni, Debinha (Speck, 82), Williams (Hamilton, 66), McDonald, Dunn (Jenkins, 90).
Att.: 15,018.

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