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Lynn Williams’ brace lifts North Carolina over Louisville


Lynn Williams had herself a Wednesday. 

After being named an alternate on the United States women’s national soccer team heading to Tokyo, Williams scored both goals in North Carolina’s 2-0 win over Racing Louisville on Wednesday night.

The first goal came in the 26th minute in the form of a Snacks special. Sam Mewis sent the ball ahead to Williams, who cut it back toward the middle of the 18-yard box and drilled it into the top right corner.

Just eight minutes later, Carson Pickett delivered the ball into the box off a corner kick. Williams met the high service for a header goal past goalkeeper Michelle Betos in the 33rd minute.

Williams’ brace gives her three goals this season, tying her for second on the NWSL leaderboard. Her performance also earned her Budweiser Player of the Match.

The Courage are now third in league standings with 10 total points and a 3-1-2 record. They next take on the Portland Thorns on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. With a win, the Courage can pass the Thorns for second place.