CARY, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2023) – The North Carolina Courage have signed goalkeeper Marisa Bova to a two-year contract extension, semi-guaranteed through the 2025 season. The club announced the extension Friday. Bova was originally selected by the Courage with the 45th pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft.
Bova has been a valuable member of the Courage roster the past two seasons alongside two veteran goalkeepers in Casey Murphy and Katelyn Rowland. Bova’s talent, work ethic, and attitude on the training grounds and in the locker room have been instrumental in growing both the culture and on-field success of the twice-defending UKG NWSL Challenge Cup champions.
The Wisconsin native was rostered for several matches throughout the 2023 season, including the Challenge Cup semifinal in Kansas City.
“I’m excited to continue my time with courage. The intensity and will of this team is unmatched and I’m looking forward to doing what I can to contribute to the success of the club,” Bova said.
“Marisa has been a wonderful addition to our team for the last two years and I’m delighted she’s extended her time with us. Mo is such a talented goalkeeper with a big future ahead of her but more importantly her character, her personality, and her demeanor have such a positive impact on the team and in the locker room. I’m excited to continue working together,” said Courage goalkeeper coach Nathan Thackeray.
Bova was a four-year collegiate standout for the Purdue Boilermakers, serving as the primary starting keeper in her final three seasons. Her 113 saves in the 2021 season are a school record and first time a Purdue keeper has reached the century mark in a single campaign. She ranks second in career goals-against average (0.91), second in career shutouts (21), second in career save percentage (.807) and second for wins in a season (15).
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