Crystal Dunn was named NWSL player of the week for the seventh time. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association, it was announced Tuesday.
Dunn, 25, scored the opening goal of the match to help the Courage earn a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. North Carolina improved to 7-0-2 and tied the NWSL record for the best nine-game start to a season since the 2014 Seattle Reign FC.
The Rockville Centre, N.Y. native finished a perfectly placed cross fromJessica McDonaldfor the first goal of the game in the 16th minute. It all started withDebinha, who forced a turnover in midfield, and found McDonald open on the right wing. (Watch highlights)
The goal for the U.S. international was her fourth of the year and she is now tied for second in goals in the NWSL.
The University of North Carolina product played all 90 minutes and finished with four chances created and 62 touches in the game, according to Opta.
It is the seventh time Dunn has been honored as the NWSL player of the week and the fourth time a member of Courage has won the award. She is now the all-time leader for the most NWSL player of the week awards.
The Courage will return to action May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Orlando Pride at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.