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Portland Thorns FC secures 2-1 victory over Washington Spirit

Portland Thorns FC

May 4, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC (4-3-1, 13 points) earned a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit at Providence Park with goals from Sam Coffey and Christine Sinclair. The win marks the third result in eight days for the Thorns, earning all nine possible points in the three matches, outscoring their opponents 7-3.

Postgame audio of Interim Head Coach Rob Gale, defenseman Isabella Obaze and forward Christine Sinclair can be found here.

For the third game in a row, the Thorns found the back of the net within the first fifteen minutes, with Sam Coffey giving Portland the early lead with her goal in the fourth minute, good for her second score of the season, assisted by Hina Sugita .

In the 22nd minute, Christine Sinclair doubled the team’s lead, running onto an Isabella Obaze header before hitting the ball under the legs of Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury and into the back of the net. The goal marked Sinclair’s second of the season and 64th all-time as a member of the Portland Thorns, tied for second in National Women’s Soccer League history.

Towards the end of the first half it looked like the Spirit might have gotten back into the game with a shot from Andi Sullivan, but defender Marie Müller was able to save the ball off the line to maintain the score. Throughout the remainder of the first half, the Thorns remained in control, holding off the Spirit’s attacking efforts to take the 2-0 lead into halftime.

To start the second half, the Washington Spirit put pressure on the Thorns back line and almost found the back of the net in the 58th minute when Croix Bethune seemingly had an open shot on goal with goalkeeper Shelby Hogan on the ground, but the shot stopper was able to pop up and miraculously get a hand on the ball.

In the 72nd minute it looked as if second-half substitute Ana Dias had scored the third goal of the evening for the Thorns, but she was determined to be offside and cancel out the goal. Just a minute later, Washington was awarded a penalty kick for a foul on Trinity Rodman, but after Video Assisted Review it was changed to a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, which Portland’s defense easily handled.

With four minutes left in the match, the Washington Spirit managed to put one into the net with a header from Lena Silano to halve the deficit. For eight minutes of stoppage time, the Thorns held off the Spirit for the eventual 2-1 win at Providence Park.

UP NEXT: Portland Thorns FC remains at Providence Park, hosting its regional rivals, Seattle Reign FC, on Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 PM MT.

SUMMARY OF GOAL SCORES:

POR: Sam Coffey (Hina Sugita) 4th minute: After receiving the ball in the penalty area, Sugita hit a pass to the top of the 18-yard box where the oncoming Coffey was able to run onto the ball and make a right-right clearance could shoot. foot shot into the far post.

POR: Christine Sinclair (Isabella Obaze) 22nd minute: After a Sam Coffey free kick, Obaze rose and headed the cross into the inside of the box, where Sinclair was able to run in and redirect the ball with the underside of the ball . her foot in the back of the net.

POR: Lena Silano (Trinity Rodman) 86th minute: Rodman drove towards goal before sending a cross into the center of the penalty area, where Silano was able to rise and head the ball into the opposite net.

SETUPS:

Portland Thorns (4-3-3): Shelby Hogan, Nicole Payne, Becky Sauerbrunn, Isabella Obaze, Marie Müller (Reyna Reyes 89′), Hina Sugita (Marissa Sheva 89′), Sam Coffey, Sophia Smith, Jessie Fleming (Olivia Moultrie 60′), Janine Beckie (Ana Dias 60′), Christine Sinclair (Payton Linnehan 60′)

Subs not used: Emily Alvarado, Olivia Wade-Katoa

Bay FC (4-3-3): Aubrey Kingsbury, Kate Wiesner (Courtney Brown 65′), Annaïg Butel, Tara McKeown, Gabrielle Carle, Andi Sullivan, Paige Metayer (Hal Hershfelt 46′), Trinity Rodman, Croix Bethune (Chloe Ricketts 79′), Brittany Ratcliffe (Ashley Hatch 46′), Ouleymata Sarr (Lena Silano 71′)

Subs not used: Nicole Barnhart, Casey Kruger, Lyza Bosselmann, Heather Stainbrook

SUMMARY OF MISCONDUCT:

WAS: Trinity Rodman (note) 90+8′

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