RODMAN DAZZLES IN HER DEBUT, DESPITE WASHINGTON SPIRIT’S LOSS TO NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
On day two of the NWSL Challenge Cup, the North Carolina Courage edged a 3-2 victory over the Washington Spirit at home in Cary, North Carolina. Despite the absence of international players, including Kelly O'hara and Andi Sullivan for the Spirit and Lynn Williams for the Courage, due to the friendly vs Sweden played in Stockholm earlier today, the competition and energy remained intense among the two eastern teams.
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Kumi Yokoyama struck the first goal in the match for the Spirit with a dagger in the bottom left corner in only the fifth minute. However, a mere five minutes later, Hamilton rose up, showed she was young, scrappy and hungry, and did not throw away her shot when she evened the score in the tenth minute for the Courage. (See what we did there?)
The goals did not stop pouring in for North Carolina, as McDonald added a gritty finish in the 28th minute and Mathias contributed a cheeky chip after the half in the 51st minute, widening North Carolina’s lead over Washington to two goals.
The ultimate highlight of the match came in the 55th minute when Trinity Rodman, the second overall pick in the 2021 NWSL draft made her professional debut at the ripe age of 18. Not more than five minutes after she took the pitch, Rodman scored her first professional goal with a first class finish in the 60th minute, becoming the youngest American player to score in the league. Rodman’s savviness and confidence allowed her to compete with veterans in the league and make a monumental difference coming off the bench for Washington Spirit. At only 18, Rodman has shown us confidence and tactically far beyond her years. I’m excited for what the future holds for Trinity Rodman, not as “so and so’s daughter,” but the professional soccer player.
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Blog Contributor: Zoe Rodriguez-Willie (@zoekalia)
Zoe Rodriguez-Willie is a third year college student at California Lutheran University, majoring in Communications with a minor in Sports Management. She is a Southern California native who is a connoisseur of European soccer and major proponent of women’s sports. When she is not cheering on Barcelona or the USWNT, you may find her at Disneyland, the beach, or with her cat, Willow.