The North Carolina Courage defeated the Washington Spirit 2-1 in the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup final on Saturday. The win is the club’s first Challenge Cup title in franchise history.
Courage forward Kerolin scored the first goal of the game in the 10th minute as she slipped a low shot past the gloves of Aubrey Kingsbury. Spirit forward Ashley Hatch responded with a goal in the 35th minute to tie the game. The Courage were able to pull off the victory due to an own goal by Spirit midfielder Taylor Aylmer off a corner kick in the 70th minute.
The Courage and Spirit went unbeaten in the group stage and their group stage head-to-head matchups ended in a pair of 2-2 draws. North Carolina has made the NWSL playoffs every year since 2017 and won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
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