The North Carolina Courage finished with a perfect record in the NWSL Challenge Cup's preliminary round when it beat Sky Blue FC, 2-0, on Monday night for its fourth win in four games.
Quarterfinals, Schedule: Friday, July 17 No. 1 NC Courage (12
points) vs. No. 8 Portland (3 points) No. 4 Houston (4 points) vs. No. 5 Utah (4 points) Saturday, July 18 No. 2 Washington (7 points) vs. No. 7
Sky Blue FC (4 points) No. 3 OL Reign (5 points) vs. No. 6 Chicago (4 points)
U.S. national team stars Sam Mewis and Crystal Dunn each scored their
first goal of the Challenge Cup for the Courage, which had already clinched the top seed in the quarterfinals, which begin on Friday.
The Courage will take on the Portland Thorns, who
finished last in the preliminary round when they tied Northwest rival OL Reign, 0-0. The Thorns tied their last three games after losing to the Courage, 2-1, in the tournament's opening game that
aired on CBS.
July 13 in Herriman, Utah NC Courage 2 Sky Blue FC 0. Goals: Mewis 7, Dunn (L.Williams 56). NC Courage -- Rowland; Merrick, Dahlkemper, Erceg, Daniels (Agnew 81); O’Sullivan, Mewis (Milliet 64), Dunn (Mace 64), Debinha (Speck 64); Hamilton, L.Williams (McDonald 64). Sky
Blue FC -- Sheridan; Flores, Johnson (Skroski 79), Lewandowski, Dorsey; Woldmoe, Cudjoe (Richardson 64), Zerboni; Monaghan (Viens 46), Onumonu, Kawasumi.
July 13 in Herriman,
Utah Portland 0 OL Reign 0. Portland -- Bixby, Westphal (Pogarch 90+1), Reynolds (Smithers 79), Hubly, Klingenberg, Salem (Seiler 79), Rodriguez, Boureille,
Charley (Lussi 65), Weaver (Everett 90+1), Sinclair. OL Reign -- Betos, Celia (Jordan 73), Brooks, Barnes, Cox, Long (Momiki 58), Huerta (Jenkins 58), Weatherholt, Quinn, Balcer (Smith,
40), Taylor (Fishlock 72).