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NWSL: North Carolina Courage Edge Reign As KC Current Continues Unbeaten Streak

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

North Carolina Courage held off Seattle Reign FC, 1-0, Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in front of a historic crowd of 8,135 fans, the fifth-largest National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) regular season crowd in club history.

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The Courage earned their fourth win in six matches (4-2-0) and sit in second place in the NWSL table with 12 points and a +6 goal differential.

The Courage extended their regular season home unbeaten streak to 13 in a row with their eighth win on home turf in that span.

Casey Murphy was massive for the Courage with seven saves, including a point-blank stop in added time to keep the lead. She also made a full-stretch save to the bottom corner just shy of the hour mark to deny an equalizer.

The Courage broke through with a highlight-reel finish in the 37th minute as Ashley Sanchez launched a cross to the middle of the box where Tyler Lussi came screaming in to volley it home on a rocket off the outside of her foot.

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It was Lussi’s third goal in as many matches and Sanchez’s third assist of the season.

Sanchez had another pair of beautiful setups down the stretch of the half that narrowly went by the board as Brianna Pinto had a great look saved at point-blank range then just missed a header over the bar before the halftime whistle.

The Courage were out-shot 17-10 by Seattle, marking the third time this season the Courage have had fewer shots than their opponent.

The Courage are 3-0-0 in those matches and have already surpassed their win total from 2023 when being out-shot (2 wins, 6 losses, and 3 draws).

The Courage also earned a third straight clean sheet at home and have outscored opponents 9-1 on their home field this season.

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Kansas City Current recorded a 3-1 comeback win over Angel City FC.

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Two late goals from Claire Lavogel helped the current leaders to another victory after Vanessa DiBernardo had equalised for Kansas City Current.

Claire Emslie had opened the scoring for the host in the 34th minute.

Vlatko Andonovski's side top the log on 16 points after six games, four points ahead of North Carolina Courage.

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