NWSL Saturday: Lynn Williams leads Courage to third win in a week

The North Carolina Courage moved into second place in the National Women's Soccer League with a 2-0 win over the Portland Thorns.

Lynn Williams, a late cut from the U.S. Olympic team, scored both goals for the second time in four days. She also scored twice in the 2-0 win at Racing Louisville on Wednesday.

Williams, one of four Olympic alternates, took over the league lead with five goals. Casey Pickett assisted on both goals, becoming the league leader in assists with four.

“It’s been a fantastic week for us, and amazing to come away from it with nine points,” Courage coach Paul Riley said. “Our confidence is high, and with congestion like this it’s just about finding balance so we can get as much of our players as possible.”

The Courage, which jumped ahead of the previously unbeaten Thorns with the win, has a chance to take over first place when it travels to Exploria Stadium to face the Orlando Pride on July 4.

1 comment about "NWSL Saturday: Lynn Williams leads Courage to third win in a week".
  1. Bob Ashpole, June 28, 2021 at 2:55 a.m.

    You think maybe Williams was trying to make a point? :) I admire her style.

    While she cuts up the NWSL, her skills have proved not good enough for international play against the top teams. There is simply much less space and time. She gets included in 23 person rosters because the coach wants her defensive ability which gives him an option on the bench. Tough defense is not something common in forwards. Lloyd is one of a kind. Her 2 way play and big engine in addition to being a big game clutch player is why she was selected.

    I want to say that Williams is too old to improve her skills, but then I think of Lloyd who reinvented herself after age 30. You never know. Williams strikes me as having a huge amount of motivation. Best wishes.

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