Brittany Ratcliffe returned to the starting line-up after a few weeks absence, showing some nice skill movement on the ball, something that most fans hadn’t really had a chance to experience so far. The moment of brilliance came in the 66th minute where she was able to score a beauty from long range to take what would ultimately be a temporary lead. While in terms of positioning, it was mostly a matter of being in the right place at the right time; a goal is a goal, whether tactically brilliant or not.
.@brit_ratcliffe gives @UtahRoyalsFC the lead in Cary! We've got 20 minutes left in this one and the pressure is on for @TheNCCourage.#NCvUTA | #NWSLonLifetime | @lifetimetv pic.twitter.com/d4NDCZGNXh— NWSL (@NWSL) April 21, 2018
Sydney Miramontez - seemed to be the only defender who was routinely consistent in the first half. While the Royals defense appeared to play slightly better as a unit in the second half, Sydney’s performance is still one that stands out.
Katie Stengel - scored the equalizer, though it wasn’t a great goal by any means, it was great awareness to be in the goal box at the right time.
Rachel Corsie - great slide tackle to avoid a goal in the 24th minute but didn’t particularly standout outside of that instance regardless when in the box every tackle matters.