North Carolina to face Chicago in NWSL championship

first_imgThe North Carolina Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars in next Sunday’s NWSL championship game after both sides won their respective semifinal ties on Sunday. The Courage advanced to their third consecutive NWSL championship game by defeating Reign FC 4-1 in extra time, while the Red Stars got past the Portland Thorns 1-0 to reach their first ever NWSL title game.In their semifinal, the Courage had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring but found Reign FC goalkeeper Casey Murphy in inspired form, with the 23-year-old making a number of key stops for the visitors.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But with just two minutes remaining, the Courage appeared to find the winner from the penalty spot. Lauren Barnes was whistled for a handball in the box and Heather O’Reilly stepped up and buried the spot kick in the 88th minute. There would be late drama, however, as Reign FC substitute Ifeoma Onumonu turned her defender and buried a shot past Stephanie Labbe to tie the game in the third minute of stoppage time.STUNNER 😱@ify_on22 levels the match at the death!1-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The visitors did well to get the game past 90 minutes but in extra time, the regular season’s top team showed their quality by burying Reign FC with three goals. Debinha opened the scoring in extra time with a 99th-minute stunner off a free [email protected] restores the lead to @TheNCCourage with a sheer piece of magic.2-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The result was sealed when substitute Kirsten Hamilton got behind the Reign defense late in the first-half of extra time and her cross was deflected in by Barnes for an own goal.Crystal Dunn would add further misery for Reign FC by scoring off a breakaway in the 107th minute to give her side a three-goal advantage. Meanwhile in suburban Chicago, Sam Kerr’s early goal stood up as Chicago ended a run of four consecutive NWSL semifinal defeatsThe NWSL’s top scorer took little time to get on the board, getting on the end of an eighth-minute through ball from Yuki Nagasato and finishing low past Adrianna Franch. The connection of @Yuki_Ogimi ➡️ @samkerr1 picked up right where it left off from the regular season.See how @chiredstarsPR took an early lead.1-0 | #CHIvPOR on ESPN2— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The Courage will look to make it back-to-back NWSL titles in the championship game, which will be held at their home Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.last_img read more

Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40

first_img Skyview led 12-3 after the first quarter, but Union responded with a 9-0 run in the second to pull within one. The game was tied 20-20 at half.In the second, it was all Union.“We got it together after the first,” Midland said. “We said, ‘this is it, we can either let them have it, or we can take it.’ ”Johnson praised Mikelle Anthony’s contributions. Anthony, a junior, joined the team two weeks ago off the cheer squad and has provided much-needed depth, Johnson said. She played as a freshman and opted not to play her sophomore year.Union coach Gary Mills credited Lewis’s play as crucial to the team’s ability to pull away. Share: Share: The Columbian Published: January 30, 2019, 10:38pm Mills, a first-year head coach, has worked at Union since the school opened in 2008 and served as an assistant coach in the girls and boys program. But it carries extra meaning for him to know his team is responsible for a banner in the Union High School gym.UNION 58, SKYVIEW 40SKYVIEW — Michelle Winters 3, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 9, Ava Harman 2, Remington Riley 2, Tanariea Deloney 2, Skylar Groesbeck 4, Kazz Parks 10, Emily Norton 3 Mikelle Anthony 6. Totals 16 (4) 5-10 40.UNION –Alexis Raymore 8, Marina Morningstar 2, McKenna Vega 0, Toryi Midland 14, Lolo Weatherspoon 4, Abbey Kaip 11, Mackenzie Lewis 18, Lily Caplice 0, Kaneyl Carpenter 1, Caitlyn Leake 0. Totals 23 (7) 6-10 58.Skyview 12 8 8 12–40Union 3 17 18 20–58 Girls basketball: Union 58, Skyview 40 Mackenzie Lewis scored 18 points and Toryi Midland added 14 to lead the Union girls basketball team to a program-first 4A Greater St. Helens League title on Wednesday at Union High School behind a 58-40 win over Skyview.Union finished tied with Camas at 7-1 atop the league standings. The two teams will officially share the league title, but play a tiebreaker for bi-district seeding on Friday at 6 p.m. at Evergreen High School.“It’s exciting,” Midland said. “We’re celebrating because this is big, never done before in school history, so it feels good to put a banner up on the wall.”The Storm were led by Kazz Parks’ 10 points. Parks and Remington Riley, Skyview’s top leaders this season, played, though not at 100 percent, according to Storm coach Brett Johnson. Camas PapermakersSkyview Storm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more