NWSL roundup: Debinha, Current edge Courage 1-0

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Debinha scored in the 52nd minute and the host Kansas City Current remained unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over the North Carolina Courage on Sunday.

Kansas City (6-0-3, 21 points), which improved to 4-0-0 at home, broke a scoreless tie on Debinha’s first goal of the season. Alone at the right side of the net, she tapped in a rebound of a Temwa Chawinga shot saved by Courage goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

The Current are tied for first place with the Orlando Pride.

The Courage (4-5-0, 12 points) controlled possession 55 percent of the time but managed only seven shots to the Current’s 21. The Current also put 18 shots on goal to just four for the Courage.

Murphy made seven saves for North Carolina, while Kansas City keeper Adrianna Franch only needed to stop two shots to earn the victory.

Red Stars 3, Royals 1

Jenna Bike and Mallory Swanson scored within a six-minute span in the first half as host Chicago (5-3-1, 16 points) defeated Utah (1-7-1, 4 points).

Penelope Hocking scored in second-half stoppage time to seal the win after Utah’s Cameron Tucker cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the second half.

In the 23rd minute, Swanson delivered a cross to Bike, who headed the ball to the bottom right corner for a 1-0 lead. Swanson padded the lead in the 29th minute, converting a penalty kick after Utah’s Lauren Flynn committed a foul in the penalty area.

Tucker got Utah back in the game in the 81th minute, lifting a shot into the top right corner of the net on an assist from Michele Vasconcelos. Hocking restored the two-goal lead with a tally in the seventh minute of extra time, assisted by Jameese Joseph on a fastbreak.