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Kristie Mewis’ 4-point night leads Dash over Courage

Kristie Mewis had a goal and three assists and the Houston Dash beat the North Carolina Courage 4-1 in the National Women’s Soccer League fall series Sunday night.

Houston’s Sophie Schmidt of Abbotsford, B.C., scored for the fourth straight game in the 30th minute. After a hydration break, Veronica Latsko made it 2-0 in the 38th minute.

Mewis added a goal for the Dash in the 60th minute. She has three goals in her last three games.

After Lynn Williams scored for the Courage to avoid the shutout, Shae Groom scored the final Dash goal in the 83rd minute.

WATCH | Schmidt opens the scoring:

Sophie Schmidt of Abbotsford, B.C., scored the opener for Houston in their match against the North Carolina Courage.  1:07

The Dash won the Challenge Cup tournament this summer in the bubble in Utah, after NWSL’s regular season was suspended because of the coronavirus. The teams have since returned to local markets, where they are playing a series of regional matches.

The Dash (2-1-0), who hadn’t ever defeated the Courage, close the fall series next week against the Orlando Pride in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Courage (1-1-1), the two-time defending NWSL champions, wrap up the series on Oct. 17 against the Pride in Orlando.

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Courage clinch top spot in knockout stage after beating Blue for 4th straight win

Samantha Mewis and Crystal Dunn each scored and the North Carolina Courage won their fourth straight game, beating Sky Blue 2-0 on Monday night in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup.

The two-time league defending champions finished the group stage atop the field heading into the quarter-finals.

Mewis scored in the seventh minute for the fastest goal of the Challenge Cup so far. Dunn added her first goal of the tournament in the 57th minute. Both players were on the U.S. national team that won the World Cup last summer in France.

The Courage lead the tournament in goals scored with seven. They’ve allowed just one.

WATCH | Courage continue dominant tournament:

Samantha Mewis records an early goal as North Carolina Courage goes on to defeat Sky Blue FC 2-0 to finish on top of the NWSL Challenge Cup group stage at 4-0-0. 0:53

North Carolina forward Jessica McDonald came in as a sub in the 64th minute, her first appearance of the tournament. McDonald was nursing a right thigh injury.

It was the final group match of the eight-team tournament. Results of the opening stage determined seeding for the knockout round.

The league’s ninth team, the Orlando Pride, withdrew from the Challenge Cup before it started after several players tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sky Blue finished the opening stage 1-2-1 and in seventh place.

The seventh-seeded Sky Blue will play the Washington Spirit in the quarter-finals.

WATCH | Canada’s Sheridan clutch kick save:

Kailen Sheridan from Whitby, Ont., comes up with a big stop on Crystal Dunn of North Carolina Courage. 0:38

Sinclair’s Thorns finish group stage winless

The Portland Thorns will face top-seeded North Carolina in the quarter-finals of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup after wrapping up the group stage with a scoreless draw with the rival OL Reign on Monday.

The Thorns were winless in the opening round to finish last among the eight teams playing in the tournament, which was wrapping up group stage matches Monday.

Sophia Huerta, acquired by the Reign in the off-season, made her first start and had one of the team’s best chances late in the first half. Taylor Smith was open in the 61st minute but her shot went wide.

WATCH | Reign, Thorns play to scoreless draw:

Christine Sinclair from Burnaby, B.C. led the attack for the Portland Thorns but they were unable to score in a 0-0 draw against OL Reign FC. 1:43

Portland controlled possession for most of the first half but Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos saved attempts from both Christine Sinclair and rookie Morgan Weaver. Raquel Rodriguez got a long-range shot from the top of the box in the final minute of regulation but Betos scooped it up.

The Reign saw the return of Jessica Fishlock, who hadn’t played since last season because of an ACL injury. She came in as a sub in the 72nd minute.

Lindsey Horan did not play for the Thorns after scoring in the team’s last game, a 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit.

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North Carolina Courage beat Chicago Red Stars, remain undefeated at NWSL’s Challenge Cup

Defender Abby Erceg’s header in the 81st minute gave the North Carolina Courage a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup.

The two-time defending NWSL champions have won all three of their games in Utah to sit atop the tournament standings.

Erceg’s goal, her seventh in the NWSL, decided a match that was marked by strong goalkeeping on both sides.

Katelyn Rowland started in goal for the Courage for the first time in the tournament, while Stephanie Labbe was available on the bench. Rowland blocked a shot from Kealia Watt in the 21st minute.

Alyssa Naeher, who was in net for the World Cup-winning U.S. national team last summer, had a strong first-half performance for the Red Stars, including a diving save on Sam Mewis’ shot from distance in the 19th minute.

The game was a rematch of last season’s league championship, which the Courage won 4-0.

The Courage have also beaten the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit in the tournament, which is being played with no fans outside Salt Lake City. The Red Stars dropped their opener to the Spirit, then played to a scoreless draw with the Thorns.

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Celine Dion Shares How Her Late Husband Helped Her Find ‘Courage’ to Perform Again (Exclusive)

Celine Dion Shares How Her Late Husband Helped Her Find ‘Courage’ to Perform Again (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

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