Crystal Dunn has won NWSL player of the week honors a record eight times. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – 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 a brace for North Carolina to help it rebound from their first loss of the season to earn a 4-1 road win over Seattle Reign FC at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Courage became the first team to reach double digits in wins (10) this season.
In the 33rd minute, the Rockville Centre, N.Y. native got on the end of a sequence that began with a throw-in into the box for forward Lynn Williams, who laid the ball off for Dunn to fire into the lower left corner past goalkeeper Lydia Williams. (Watch highlights)
Dunn sealed the victory in the 70th minute, again connecting with Williams, and running up the left wing onto a beautiful ball before hitting a clinical left-footed shot inside the far post.
The U.S. international is ranked second in goals scored in the NWSL with six.
The University of North Carolina product and former Albertson Fury standout played all 90 minutes and finished with a team-high nine shots (six shots on goal), five chances created and 79 touches in the game, according to Opta.
It was a record eighth time Dunn has been honored as the NWSL player of the week and the fifth time a member of Courage has won the award.
The Courage will return to action Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime 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.