The North Carolina Courage didn’t enjoy suffering their first loss of the season.
The top team in the National Women’s Soccer League responded one week later by dominating the Seattle Reign, rolling to a 4-1 home win.
Crystal Dunn earned a brace during the Courage (10-1-3, 33 points) victory, giving her six goals so far this season.
“North Carolina today was a better team than us. They deserved to win,” Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski told the Seattle Times. “I’m not happy with the performance, absolutely not happy with the result.”
Seattle (5-3-4, 19 points) got off to a strong start, stopping a Lynn Williams penalty kick when Steph Catley was called for a hand ball in the eighth minute.
In the 18th minute, Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick was saved by Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, but the Reign’s Megan Oyster was in position to tap in the rebound and give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t last.
Jaelene Hinkle set up Williams, who headed home a goal in the 27th minute. Williams then found Dunn near the top of the box and Dunn put the ball in the back of the net in the 33rd minute to quickly pull ahead of Seattle.
In the 48th minute Merritt Mathias intercepted a Seattle clearance, weaved past Rapinoe and fired from just outside the 18-yard box for another Courage goal.
In the 70th minute, Williams found Dunn on a run along the left side and the Courage attacker finished with ease to push North Carolina ahead 1-0.