Tyler Lussi scores to give Courage a 1-0 win over OL Reign

Tyler Lussi’s first-half goal propelled the North Carolina Courage to a 1-0 victory against OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League on Sunday.

In the 34th minute at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, Courage forward Rikke Madsen sent a pass to Lussi just over the halfway line. The striker overcame his defense on a counterattack and finished off at the far post.

North Carolina (3-3-1), which had 69% possession in the first half, also had two first-half goals disallowed for offside.

OL Reign (4-2-1) got his first shot on goal in the 61st minute when goalkeeper Casey Murphy had to deflect a Jordyn Huitema header. Huitema had a similar look five minutes later, but Murphy made the save again.

The Reign lost for the first time since their NWSL regular season opener.

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Belle Briede scored her first goal of the season in San Diego’s road win against Kansas City.

A Sofia Jakobsson shot in the 26th minute was blocked and bounced off Alex Morgan inside the penalty area. Morgan’s one-touch shot bounced off the post and then off goalkeeper Adrianna Franch before sliding towards goal.

Briede doubled the Wave’s lead in the 44th minute, clipping a clipped pass from Christen Westphal into the left corner with his first touch.

The Current had 20 shots, but goalie Kailen Sheridan made four saves for San Diego (4-3-0) to earn a clean sheet. The loss moves the Current to 2-5-0.

NJ/NY Gotham and Orlando drew 0-0 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

The Pride outscored Gotham 13-3, including nine shots in the first half.

Gotham’s Abby Smith finished with six saves, including an extended diving save in the 92nd minute from a powerful Ally Watt header.

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