PORTLAND, Ore. – The North Carolina Courage won the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League championship on Saturday afternoon, securing a 3-0 victory over the Portland Thorns as the capstone of a season which saw them win 17 regular season games and the NWSL Shield.
Jess McDonald’s brace won her the finals MVP award on the day and North Carolina put on an impressive performance from front to back before of a decidedly hostile crowd of 21,144 at Providence Park. In addition to the team’s offensive prowess on the night, the Courage’s defense and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland earned the shutout against the second-best offense in the league.
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