NWSL Sunday: Courage moves into lead

The North Carolina Courage moved into first place in the NWSL with a 2-0 victory at the Orlando Pride.

The Courage (5-2-1) won its fourth game in a row thanks to goals by Brazilian Debinha and Jamaican international Havana Solaun, the first of her Courage career, to move one point ahead of the Pride and Portland Thorns, who are tied for second place with 15 points.

“This was a great performance away from home," said Courage coach Paul Riley. "I thought we managed things well. The last few weeks have been great, but this result is really special for the group. Orlando is a tough place to play and they’re a really dangerous team in many different areas. I think the groove that we’ve found, playing so many games right in a row, has brought the most out of this squad, and that was on display tonight.”

Casey Murphy, who arrived in the offseason from OL Reign, picked up her fourth shutout of the season.

“We always feel like we have a target on our back," she said, "but regardless of our league position, we know we’re going to train harder than anybody else. Everybody deserves credit for this run of games we’ve been on, results like this will keep coming because everybody’s bought into what we want to accomplish.”

Sunday, July 4
Orlando 0 NC Courage 2. (Goals: Debinha 3, Solaun 66. Att.: 3,926.)
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