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 pic.twitter.com/7HuZ5OOb3M— 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 pic.twitter.com/p6hiy4b4NF— 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 pic.twitter.com/bx8LsuPgZC— 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