HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 3, 2018) — Frannie Crouse was the name heard around the NWSL on Sunday afternoon.
The rookie signed with the North Carolina Courage this week as a national team replacement for Crystal Dunn. Crouse, who featured collegiately for Penn State University, was originally drafted by the Courage in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
However, she did not make Paul Riley’s final cut.
Frannie Crouse Impresses in Draw Between North Carolina Courage and Houston Dash
Yet, she found her way back to the team. Crouse was the hero down south in Houston, Texas, where the North Carolina Courage managed to earn a 1-1 draw.
With the draw, the Courage remain undefeated. North Carolina sits on top of the NWSL standings with 30 points.
Crouse’s goal, which was unassisted, came in the 80th minute, in front of 2,941 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston shocked the visitors first, with a goal from captain Kealia Ohai. The forward scored in the center of the box, on a fast break goal. Ohai went one-on-one with Courage midfielder Cari Roccaro before slotting the ball past Katelyn Rowland.
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell assisted the goal.
“Truly proud of group tonight,” Riley emphasized. “Five players got their first minutes of season. We talked about attitude, belief, commitment, courage, culture and fight [before] game. Couldn’t ask [for] anything more. Great first half of the season. Thanks to entire squad.”
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) June 4, 2018
- Road Warriors: The North Carolina Courage still remain undefeated after four matches on the road. It’s tough for clubs to go into opposing stadiums — especially ones like Providence Park, which garners more than 14,000 fans per game — and pull out wins. North Carolina is running away with the season.
- The fight of Frannie Crouse: Their next match isn’t until June 16, but you’d have to think the North Carolina Courage will keep Frannie Crouse around. If she could score against Houston, it’s a wonder what she could do against Utah Royals FC.
- You’re missing out, Jill: Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, must be shaking her head about leaving Jane Campbell off the roster. How often does a goalkeeper record an assist? Hardly ever. We’ll leave that where it is. Campbell had an excellent game, where she also recorded two saves.
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) June 4, 2018