A sweltering afternoon 94-degrees heat over the weekend was not enough to stop the North Carolina Courage women’s soccer team from defeating the OL Reign by two goals to one at the Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina.
The NC Courage 2-1 victory secured on Saturday June 19 which was also Juneteenth — a significant date in for African-American history in the United States (U.S.) — was part of a scheduled game of the 10-team U.S. National Women’s Soccer League action.
Takoma Washington-based Seattle’s OL Reign got their feathers ruffled when at the tail end of the first half with 45 minutes into the game Jessica McDonald of NC Courage scored to put the home team ahead. Then in the 2nd half of proceedings the Courage cemented their lead when Sam Mewis scored to make it 2-0 in the 77th minute with OL Reign trailing behind.
But the somewhat comfortable lead Courage held by way of the goal of Sam Mewis who also plays for the national women’s team of the US was challenged by OL Reign’s Jess Fishlock 86 minutes into the second half of the game when she netted to make the scoreline 2-1, redeeming her team’s image.
OL Reign will be attempting to appease their fans when they play on their home-grounds at Cheney Stadium against Chicago Red Stars on Tuesday at 7pm. Courage will be traveling to face Racing Louisville this Wednesday at the Lynn Family Stadium in Kentucky.
Written by Oral Ofori