Wednesday night’s game between the Houston Dash and the North Carolina Courage was a make-up game for the match that was supposed to take place when Hurricane Harvery hit Houston. Originally a home game for the Dash the rescheduled game was moved to H-E-B Park in Edinberg, TX, a mere 5-plus hour drive from BBVA Compass Stadium.
The North Carolina Courage started scoring in the 13th minute of the game and didn’t stop until the final whistle. It was Sam Mewis who found the back of the net for the first goal of the night. The shot from Mewis went past goal keeper Jane Campbell to give her team the lead early.
Lynn Williams doubled that lead in the 38th minute. As Williams got to the box she cut back shaking two Dash players in the process and took a shot at the far post. The ball went over a sliding Dash defender and into the net as Campbell was defending the near post.
It didn’t take long into the second half for the Courage to resume scoring. In the 50th minute Debinha scored the third goal of the game for NC. Mewis crossed the ball back to Williams who passed it to Debina who finished it off for the goal. Ashley Hatch made things 4-0 for the Courage barely six minutes later. Debinha chipped the ball into the box leaving Hatch 1v1 against Campbell. Hatch’s shot went past Campbell for the goal.
There was little offensive action for the Dash on Wednesday night. Rachel Daly nearly got the Dash on the scoreboard in the 70th minute, but the header from Daly went off the crossbar at the near post.
North Carolina walked away with an easy 4-0 win over the Dash. The win gave the Courage the three points they needed to clinch a first place finish in the NWSL regular season. This weekend will see the last of the NWSL 2017 regular season games. The Dash, eliminated from the playoffs, will play FC Kansas City on Sunday in KC.
Dash starting XI: Campbell; Privett, Van Wyk, Brooks, Levin; Roccaro; Mewis, Andressinha; Daly, Hagen, Prince#HOUvNC pic.twitter.com/pEXFDhLrAP— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 27, 2017
Let's get it started!— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 27, 2017
Here's tonight's Starting XI for #HOUvNC! pic.twitter.com/hva7JS9NN9
Dash substitution -— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 28, 2017
52'- NC Courage sub: @taylornsmith11_ enters the match for @swittyyy #HOUvNC 0-3— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 28, 2017
64' Dash substitution -— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 28, 2017
OUT: Van Wyk#HOUvNC
64'- NC Courage subs: @noraholstad in for @McCaLL2@stephochs7 in for @lynnraenie— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 28, 2017
Dash sub: Benites in for Van Wyk#HOUvNC 0-4
70' Dash substitution -— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 28, 2017