• Sophia Hosford

Spirit fall to Courage 2-0

Updated: Aug 3

After a convincing win over the Chicago Red Stars, the Spirit fell victim to the reigning NWSL Champions, the storied North Carolina Courage. Having won just about everything you can win, the Courage have proven themselves as a major international force. Featuring the likes of Brazil’s Debinha, USWNT's Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Canada’s Stephanie Labbe and more, the Courage have consistently dominated the NWSL since the club's inception.

The Spirit started the match off strong, creating opportunities, pressing forward, and maintaining the majority of possession. However, in the waning minutes of the first half, the Courage began to dominate, quickly reminding everyone of their undeniable prowess.

The Courage’s control of the game only skyrocketed after halftime, they made multiple substitutions, making use of their extremely deep bench, a luxury that few teams have. Adding insult to injury, fresh legs and cohesion allowed the Courage to press on and led to USWNT star Lynn Williams’ brace. The Spirit made multiple substitutions as well, continuing to rest and rotate players but were unable to score. Despite solid play from the Spirit, they were unable to match the Courage and the two switched places in the standings with the Spirit going to 2nd and the Courage advancing to 1st, a position all too familiar to the reigning champions.

Though a disheartening loss, there is plenty of potential in this already extremely talented squad. We anticipate solid shifts from Aubrey Bledsoe, Ashley Hatch, Tori Huster, and Paige Nielsen in the impending game against the Thorns. The Spirit will return to action against the Portland Thorns on Sunday, July 5th at 10pm Eastern Time.

Photo: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

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