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North Carolina defeat Kansas City, 1-0

It took 86 minutes for a goal to be scored in Kansas City as the Blues hosted the North Carolina Courage in a re-scheduled match from Week 14 after a storm rolled in forcing a cancellation of the original game. Lynn Williams, NC’s leader in goals, tallied the lone goal of the match, giving the Courage a 1-0 victory.

The Courage had three major opportunities to score before the goal went in. The first one was in the 28th minute following a corner kick taken by Abby Dahlkemper. Abby Erceg got her head on it, sending it away from the goal and setting up Kristen Hamilton for a shot. However, the ball was going wide, and McCall Zerboni attempted to redirect it but missed. The ball bounced off a Kansas City player and fell in front of Williams, whose shot went just over the bar.

Just two minutes into the second half, Williams had a shot that rolled just wide right after working herself into the penalty area with two defenders on her and a third going in for additional back-up.

In the 63rd minute, Sam Mewis took a left-footed shot from just outside the box, and it also went just wide right.

The best chance for Kansas City came from Desiree Scott in the 26th minute from about 25 yards out, forcing NC goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland to make a good-looking diving save on what looked to be a ball heading towards the top of the goal.

FC Kansas City will next travel to Houston to take on the Dash on Sunday, August 13, at 7:30 pm CT. The North Carolina Courage will be on the road as well to take on the Seattle Reign also on Sunday with kick-off at 6:00 pm PT.

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