Utah Royals FC Falls 3-0 to North Carolina Courage


SANDY, Utah – (Saturday, September 21, 2019) – Utah Royals FC (9-9-3, 31 points) fell 3-0 to the 2019 NWSL Shield Winners, North Carolina Courage, at Rio Tinto Stadium.

North Carolina took the lead in the first half when forward Kristen Hamilton was taken down inside the box by DF Becky Sauerbrunn, resulting in a penalty kick. Samantha Mewis took the shot and the Courage went into halftime up 1-0. 

Halfway through the second half North Carolina doubled their lead when Jaelene Hinkle sent a floater in past GK Nicole Barnhart. Just five minutes later they secured their third goal of the match when a poorly distributed ball from Barnhart, generated an open shot on goal for Debinha. 

The win gave North Carolina their third-consecutive NWSL Shield, while Utah remain in fourth place with just three games left this season.

Quotes from the match can be found HERE.

UP NEXT: URFC returns to Tacoma, Washington to make up a previously postponed match against Reign FC on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. MT, the team will then head straight to Chicago to face the Red Stars on Saturday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. MT. 


NCC: Samantha Mewis (PK) 30th minute: Forward Kristen Hamilton dribbled the ball into the box, going for goal, and was taken down by DF Becky Sauerbrunn, leading to North Carolina being awarded a penalty kick. Midfielder Samantha Mewis stepped up to take the penalty, burying it into the left side of goal past GK Nicole Barnhart

NCC: Jaelene Hinkle 65th minute: Defender Jaelene Hinke brought the ball down the left side of the field and was able to get a shot off from outside the 18-yard-box. Despite GK Nicole Barnhart getting a hand on the ball, the shot was floated into goal to double the lead. 

NCC: Debinha (Crystal Dunn) 70th minute: GK Nicole Barnhart attempted a short pass to the backline, but the ball landed directly at the feet of midfielder Crystal Dunn who made a short pass to Debinha in open space, leading to the third goal of the night for the Courage. 

- MF Vero Boquete was absent from the starting lineup for the first time in eight matches due to a leg injury, MF Gunny Jónsdóttir started in her place.
- The match marked the second-to-last home game for Royals FC in the 2019 regular season. The final match at Rio Tinto Stadium will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. MT against the Houston Dash. 

Match: Utah Royals FC vs. North Carolina Courage
Date: September 21, 2019
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 9,946
Weather: Clear and 55 degrees

Scoring Summary:              1 2 F              

Utah Royals FC                     0 0 0
North Carolina Courage        1 2 3  

NCC: Samantha Mewis (PK) 30’
NCC: Jaelene Hinkle 65’
NCC: Debinha (Crystal Dunn) 70’


Utah Royals FC (4-4-2): Nicole Barnhart; Katie Bowen, Becky Sauerbrunn ©, Rachel Corsie, Mallory Weber;Desiree Scott, Gunny Jónsdóttir, Lo’eau LaBonta (Erika Tymrak 78’), Katie Stengel (Vero Boquete 53’); Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press (Raisa Strom-Okimoto 88’)

Subs not used: Abby Smith, Gaby Vincent, Maddie Nolf, Michelle Maemone

North Carolina Courage (4-4-2): Steph Labbe; Heather O’Reilley, Abby Erceg ©, Abby Dahlkemper, Jaelene Hinkle; Samantha Mewis, Denise O’Sullivan, McCall Zerboni (Crystal Dunn 59’), Debinha (Cari Roccaro 79’); Jessica McDonald, Kristen Hamilton (Lynn Williams 64’)

Subs not used: Katelyn Rowland, McKenzie Meehan, Meredith Speck, Julia Spetsmark

Stats Summary: UTA / NC
Shots: 12/14
Shots on Goal: 5/6
Saves: 2/5
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 4/4
Offside: 1/1

NCC: Denise O’Sullivan (caution) 35’

Referee: Karen Abt
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Tiffini Turpin
4th Official: Samantha Martinez