The North Carolina Courage remain undefeated, earning a 2-0 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday.
A throw in from Jessica McDonald bounced in the box and the Courage’s Crystal Dunn slotted the ball home in the third minute to give North Carolina an early 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Courage (5-0-1, 16 points) exploited another dead ball opportunity.
Denise O’Sullivan made a play for a corner kick that eventually fell to Kristen Hamilton. She gathered the ball and fired from 25 yards, pushing the Courage ahead 2-0 in the 48th minute.
“We have a lot to work on. I don’t think we’re anywhere near where we want to be and I think that would be surprising to some people,” Hamilton said during a postgame interview on Lifetime. “I think that just our transition defensively could be better. … Offensively, I think we can just put away our opportunities. We create so many chances and just being able to finish those would really help.”
The Courage threatened to put up more goals, but Houston (0-2-2, 2 points) goalkeeper Jane Campbell finished with five saves.
North Carolina’s Sabrina D’Angelo recorded three saves.
Houston forward Kealia Ohai, the Dash’s all-time career goal and assists leader, returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last season.
“We’ve given up a lot of goals on set pieces and when you go down one or two, it’s very difficult to come back from that. So we need to eliminate the goals on set pieces and then we can start to build from there,” Ohai said during postgame interview on Lifetime.