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URFC vs. NC Courage, Player of the Match: Brittany Ratcliffe

Being in the right place at the right time was enough to ruin the Courage’s perfect record through the first four.

Lucas Muller - RSL Soapbox

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.

Other Contenders

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.