Match Recap: Courage Bested by Kansas City Current in High-Scoring Tilt
CARY, NC (August 13, 2022) – The North Carolina Courage were a dynamic force in Saturday’s match against the Kansas City Current, but came up just short in the waning minutes of the game, falling 4-3. Diana Ordoñez, Debinha and Kaleigh Kurtz scored for the Courage, while Kristen Hamilton, Lo’eau LaBonta, CeCe Kizer and Claire Lavogez each netted goals for the Current.
The back-and-forth started immediately, with both the Courage and Current jumping to offensive action. Ultimately, the Courage struck first in the 17th minute, with rookie Diana Ordoñez scoring her eighth goal of the season and locking in the all-time NWSL regular-season rookie scoring record. The goal also extended her scoring streak to three games. Just three minutes later, the Current’s Kristen Hamilton tied it up, sending a shot past Courage keeper Casey Murphy off a corner kick.
Looking for a goal of her own, Debinha capitalized in the 36th minute on a perfect ball in from fellow Brazilian Kerolin Nicoli. Before the clock could run out on the first half, Lo’eau LaBonta would pull the Current even once more.
Back for more in the second half, the Courage again struck first in the 56th minute – this time with a ball in from midfielder Brianna Pinto to defender Kaleigh Kurtz, who buried her third goal of the season. And, again, the Current’s CeCe Kizer pulled the visitors even just four minutes later.
In the end, it was Kansas City’s Claire Lavogez who would make the difference, netting a rocket of a goal to seal the deal for the Current.
Up Next: The North Carolina Courage will return to action at WakeMed Soccer Park as they host the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available here, and the match will be available to stream on Paramount+ and Twitch.
- Scoring her eighth goal of the season in tonight’s match, Diana Ordoñez set a new record for most goals scored by a rookie in a single season.
- Kaleigh Kurtz collected her third goal of the season in the 56th minute.
- The Courage maintained 55% possession and 81% passing accuracy throughout tonight’s contest.
NC (4-5-1): Casey Murphy, Carson Pickett (Jaelene Daniels – 83’), Abby Erceg, Kaleigh Kurtz, Ryan Williams (Merritt Mathias – 75’), Denise O’Sullivan, Brianna Pinto (Brittany Ratcliffe – 83’), Debinha, Meredith Speck (Fuka Nagano – 65’), Kerolin Nicoli, Diana Ordoñez
Subs Not Used: Katelyn Rowland, Malia Berkely, Katie Bowen, Kiki Pickett, Rylee Baisden
KC (3-5-2): AD Franch, Alex Loera, Elizabeth Ball, Kristen Edmonds, Hailie Mace (Taylor Leach – 90+4’), Kate Del Fava (Addisyn Merrick – 73’), Desiree Scott, Lo’eau LaBonta (Chardonnay Curran – 73’), Victoria Pickett (Claire Lavogez – 46’), Kristen Hamilton, Cece Kizer (Elyse Bennett – 80’)
Subs Not Used: Izzy Rodriguez, Jenna Winebrenner, Addie McCain, Cassie Miller
NC: Diana Ordoñez (Debinha) – 17’, Debinha (Kerolin Nicoli) – 36’, Kaleigh Kurtz (Brianna Pinto) – 56’
KC: Kristen Hamilton (Lo’eau LaBonta) – 20’, Lo’eau LaBonta – 45’, Cece Kizer (Claire Lavogez) – 60’, Claire Lavogez (Elizabeth Ball) – 79’
NC: Jaelene Daniels – 90+1’