NWSL Challenge Cup: Two more Lynn Williams goals give Courage second win

Lynn Williams, who scored the winning goal in stoppage time of the tournament opener, scored two more goals to give the North Carolina Courage a 2-0 win over the Washington Spirit at the NWSL Challenge Cup.

In the 50th minute, Williams intercepted the ball from Spirit defender Sam Staab and scored into the lower corner of the goal to break a scoreless deadlock. Eleven minutes later, she scored off a cross from Debinha.

“I think we just kind of wore them down a bit,” said Williams about her first goal. “Originally, I was going to cross it, and then nobody stopped me.”

The Courage made five lineup changes from the team that beat Portland, 2-1, on Saturday, but Coach Paul Riley brought on Crystal Dunn, Sam Mewis and Denise O’Sullivan as substitutes after the break.

July 1 in Herriman, Utah
NC Courage 2 Washington 0. Goals: L.Williams 50, L.Williams (Debinha) 61.
NC Courage -- Labbe; Merrick, Kurtz, Erceg, Daniels; Roccaro (Mewis 46), Speck (O’Sullivan 46), Milliet (Hamilton 68), Debinha; Meehan (Dunn 46), L.Williams (Mace 82).
Washington -- Bledsoe; Huster (McClure 83), Staab, Nielsen, McGrady; Lavelle (Sanchez 70), Dougherty Howard (DiBiasi 59), Sullivan (Boissiere 71), Bailey; Hatch (Jacobs 83), Feist.

Wednesday's play opened with a 0-0 tie between Chicago and Portland. The Red Stars started an entirely different team from the one that fell to the Courage on Saturday. The Thorns made six lineup changes.

The game's best chance fell to Morgan Weaver, taken by the Thorns with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 College Draft. The Washington State product had her point-blank attempt stopped by Chicago keeper Emily Boyd.

July 1 in Herriman, Utah

Chicago 0 Portland 0.
Chicago -- Boyd (Miller, 45), Bingham, Sharples, Davison, Goralski, Colaprico (Rohan, 46), McCaskill, Johnson (Redei, 78), Luebbert (Vasconcelos, 70), Doniak (Hill, 70).
Portland -- Bixby, Pogarch, Westphal, Smithers, Klingenberg (Menges, 46), Ogle, Boureille, Horan (Rodriguez, 69), Sinclair (Salem, 82), Weaver (Lussi, 57), Charley (Everett, 82).

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