CARY, N.C. (May 20, 2023) — The North Carolina Courage and Angel City FC played to a scoreless draw Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Courage pushed their unbeaten streak to four straight matches, participating in their first scoreless draw of 2023.
The Courage had plenty of chances, racking up 12 shots, including three on target and one off of woodwork. The best chance came early in the second half, when Kerolin Nicoli made a cutting run up the middle and laid a cheeky back heel for Narumi at the top of the box for a clean look on goal, but her shot glanced off the crossbar and into the supporters’ section.
Angel City put a dangerous cross in front of goal in the waning moments of extra time, but a sprawling block by the Courage back line kept the match level through the final whistle. Ryan Williams had five clearances and four interceptions while passing at 85% on the night. Malia Berkely was 47-for-49 in successful passes (96%) and Tyler Lussi took seven shots for the Courage, single-handedly out-shooting the entire Angel City side, who had six shots for the night.
- The Courage recorded their second straight clean sheet, blanking OL Reign last Sunday
- The Courage are unbeaten in four straight regular season matches and six of their last seven overall competitions
- North Carolina held 60% possession, the second straight match with at least that much
Next Match: The Courage begin a month-long road swing as they head inland to face Racing Louisville next Saturday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The match will see Courage defender Emily Fox face the team that drafted her first overall in 2021 for the first time. Watch live on CBS Sports Network.
NCC (4-3-3): Casey Murphy, Emily Fox, Malia Berkely, Kaleigh Kurtz, Ryan Williams, Meredith Speck (Victoria Pickett – 78’), Denise O’Sullivan ©, Narumi Miura, Kerolin, Rikke Madsen (Olivia Wingate – 66’), Tyler Lussi (Mille Gejl – 78’)
Subs Not Used: Katelyn Rowland, Brianna Pinto, Brittany Ratcliffe, Clara Robbins, Kiki Pickett, Frankie Tagliaferri
ACFC (4-3-3): DiDi Haracic, Mary Alice Vignola (Lily Nabet – 80’), Paige Nielsen, Sarah Gorden, Ali Riley © (Jasmyne Spencer – 55’), Dani Weatherholt, Madison Hammond, Savannah McCaskill, Claire Emslie, Katie Johnson, Jun Endo (Alyssa Thompson – 55’)
Subs Not Used: Brittany Isenhour, Julie Ertz, Scarlett Camberos, Mackenzie Pluck, Clarisse Le Bihan
NCC: D. O’Sullivan – 67’