The North Carolina Courage got a goal from rookie Ashley Hatch on Saturday, and that was enough to secure the season sweep of the Boston Breakers. The teams faced off for the second time in two weeks, with the Courage taking three points on their home turf by netting three goals and surrendering only one. The visitors repeated their scoreline from early May, when they escaped a cold night at Jordan field with a 1-0 win.
The match was missing several big name players for both teams, but the result reflected the respective trajectories of each squad through the first third of the season. The 2016 NWSL Champions sit at the top of the table at 8-3-0, while Boston's loss this week dropped them to 10th place with a 2-6-2 record. Here's what each coach and some of the players had to say after the match.
North Carolina Courage Head Coach Paul Riley
Spoiler alert: Coach Riley was pleased with almost everyone. He also shared an update on Jess McDonald and Lynn Williams, and hinted that a return to fitness may not be enough for either to earn a shirt given the emergence of Hamilton and Hatch (riiiigggghhhhtttt).
North Carolina Courage Forward Ashley Hatch
In a nod to Go90 technical difficulties, the sound for Ashley's interview is cobbled together from multiple sources, and the interviewer (ahem, me) mindlessly forgot that North Carolina does not, in fact, have a match this Wednesday. For shame.
Boston Breakers Head Coach Matt Beard
Already without starters Abby Smith, Allysha Chapman and Rose Lavelle due to injury and Rosie White due to suspension, Beard lost midfielder Amanda DaCosta at the half due to heat exhaustion. With a quick trip to Houston on tap for Wednesday, followed by a visit from resurgent Washington in a week, Beard did have some good news to share with Breakers fans.
Boston Breakers Forward Adriana Leon
After a fast start, the Breakers have been hit hard by injury and it has disrupted their attack. Dri is looking forward to getting back on track in Houston.
Boston Breakers GK Sammy Jo Prudhomme
Sammy Jo Prudhomme did a nice job for Boston in her first NWSL start, making some good saves and being in position to block other strikes that ultimately weren't on frame. With Abby Smith unavailable through the next two matches, Prudhomme will have a chance to shine.