Check out our match day pics for the NY / NJ Gotham FC VS NC Courage game on October 17, 2021
The NC Courage home game on Sunday afternoon was bittersweet – more bitter than sweet for fans of NC Courage and Courage. The match against NY / NJ Gotham FC represented the last time Courage will play at home in 2021, and it was the last time USWNT Carli Lloyd will play in Cary, NC with his retirement imminent.
The teams came together again in the midfield before the start of the game to support each other and reiterate the protection of the players, and not be silent about abuse and exploitation.
The starting XI for Courage consisted of Lynn Williams, Jess McDonald, Meredith Speck, Debinha, Denise O’Sullivan, Cari Roccaro, Carson Pickett, Abby Erceg (C), Kaleigh Kurtz, Merritt Mathias and Casey Murphy in the goal.
Neither team managed to find the back of the net during the entire first half. Courage struggled the entire game, USWNT Gotham’s players found the back of the net three times, with two from Midge Purce and one from Carli Lloyd, with the final score 3-0 in favor of Gotham , dropping Courage to 7th place. in the standings and out of the six-team post-season photo.
Next for North Carolina Courage
The North Carolina Courage still have a regular season road game against the Portland Thorns after nearly two weeks of needed and deserved rest. Courage should win or draw and NY / NJ Gotham FC and / or Houston Dash should lose to break the current three-way tie between the three teams at 32 points. Courage is sadly on the wrong side of any tiebreaker, with Gotham and Houston beating Courage in one-on-one clashes. NY / NJ also have two more games, where they’ll likely earn points to get ahead of Houston and North Carolina.
All photos by Gregory Ng @FollowGregSports
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