NWSL – Run The Numbers – North Carolina Courage 1-0 Portland Thorns

Thanks to our partnership with inStat, we should have advanced stats for the NWSL season in addition to the stats you’ve been seeing on my Twitter account (@chris_awk) for international matches. I’ll try to get one of these up for each game that has advanced stats available, though be forewarned that not every game was scored last season.

Up first is a rematch of last season’s championship final between Portland and North Carolina. The Courage finished with a 1-0 victory in a match where the scoreline flattered the Thorns.

North Carolina Courage Portland Thorns
54% Possession 46%
17 (4) Shots (On Goal) 3 (1)
12 Corners 1
367 (74%) Passes (% Complete) 259 (65%)
47 Challenge % Won 53
48 Aerial Challenge % Won 52
55 Successful Dribble % 58
66 Tackles Won % 63

Woman of the Match – Crystal Dunn (NC)

73% Actions Successful
86% Passes Complete
2 Key Passes Complete
2 Crosses Complete
17 Challenges Won
6 Dribbles Won
71% Tackles Won
4 Ball Recoveries
2 Fouls Won

Dunn proved immediately why she’s a contender for league MVP with an all-action performance in the opener. Dunn’s 86% pass completion was a match high. No other field player even hit 80%.

Crystal Dunn's Completed Passes

Crystal Dunn’s Completed Passes

Crystal Dunn's Completed Key Passes

Crystal Dunn’s Completed Key Passes

Other Standouts:

2. Abby Erceg (NC)

Key Stat: 8 aerial challenges won

Erceg was again in fine form, dominating in the air and also recovering 18 balls.

Abby Erceg aerial challenges won

Abby Erceg aerial challenges won

3. Sabrina D’Angelo (NC)

Key Stat: 81% passes complete

Admittedly, Portland made it really easy on D’Angelo, but her distribution was miles ahead of AD Franch on the day.

Sabrina D'Angelo passes complete

Sabrina D’Angelo passes complete

4. Abby Dahlkemper (NC)

Key Stat: 7 challenges won (out of 8)

Dahlkemper wasn’t overworked by a limp Portland offense, but she did what she had to and combined well with Erceg in central defense again.

5. Debinha (NC)

Key Stat: 7 dribbles won

The match winner drifted to the right and terrorized Portland’s defense, winning 5 dribbles in the final third.

Debinha dribbles won

Debinha dribbles won

Ballon D’Nope (Minimum 30 minutes played)

1. Tyler Lussi (POR)

Key Stats: 4 passes complete, 5 of 6 challenges lost, all three aerial challenges lost

It’s not like Lussi got a lot of support, but brought in to provide a spark to a languid offense, Lussi didn’t accomplish much in a half-hour’s work.

2. Meghan Klingenberg (POR)

Key Stat: 10 of 16 challenges lost

Klingenberg had to deal with both Crystal Dunn and then Debinha drifting into her zone. Her passing wasn’t horrific considering the context of her teammates, but she also completed just one cross and struggled defensively.

Meghan Klingenberg challenges lost

Meghan Klingenberg challenges lost

3. Emily Sonnett (POR)

Key Stat: 68% pass completion

Sonnett put up some solid defensive numbers, but her long, aimless balls forward in poor weather hurt more than helped Portland’s cause.

Emily Sonnett incomplete passes

Emily Sonnett incomplete passes

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One thought on “NWSL – Run The Numbers – North Carolina Courage 1-0 Portland Thorns

  1. Dylan G

    Interesting stuff since I thought Sonnett played rather well defensively. I guess her passing numbers hurt her a lot but I’m curious, if I go back, how many short or med passing options she had in many of those situations. Just going by what I say and how the Courage of typically forced teams to play against them, I’d guess that it’s not a lot.


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