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Orlando City Stadium

Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 8,124

Thorns win NWSL Championship, 1-0 over Courage

Lindsey Horan scored in the 50th minute

Portland Thorns FC players celebrate winning the 2017 NWSL Championship. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Orlando, Florida — Portland Thorns FC won their second NWSL Championship, with a 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage on Saturday evening at Orlando City Stadium. In front of a crowd of 8,124, Portland redeemed their semifinals loss last year with a win over many of the same players who handed them a home semifinal loss 12 months ago.

Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan was named MVP of the game after scoring the game’s only goal in the 50th minute.

Defender Emily Sonnett served a long free kick into the box. Horan slipped in behind the Courage defense and lifted the ball with her foot over goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland to make it 1-0.

Sonnett took the free kick after Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper was called for a handball near midfield. Her service appeared to have potentially been headed on by Thorns midfielder Amandine Henry or bounced off Dahlkemper, but Sonnett was credited with the assist.

“I can’t even remember the goal,” Horan said at the postgame press conference.

“I do,” Parsons responded. “Freaking enjoyed it.”

Horan started all 24 games this season, playing all but 35 minutes for the Thorns. She scored four goals and added two assists.

“She’s the best and biggest in enormous games,” Parson said. “You think back in the last two years, the semifinal of last year, the person who grabbed that goal to make it 4-3 was Lindsey. Thankful the ball dropped to her and knew it was going to end up in one place. Tight game, maybe the most beautiful ugly game I’ve ever been a part of. Glad we won and that’s over.”

Defensively, the Thorns backline held firm against North Carolina’s three top scoring threats in Lynn Williams, Ashley Hatch and Jessica McDonald, especially late in the game as the Courage pushed for an equalizer.

“Our defense was incredible,” Horan said. “ I credit our backline so much and the work that we put into this game. Everyone was out there to win and give their 100 percent.”

In the 83rd minute, McDonald looked to have a great chance to even the match, but defender Emily Menges came up with a game-saving block on her shot. After initially getting beat on the play, Menges recovered, stayed with McDonald, and got in the way of what looked like a game-tying goal.

“That just kind of showed who this team is,” Horan said of the play. “We were not going to let another goal in.”

“Whoever’s been in our backline has been tremendous,” Parsons said. “We’re proud to be a good, hard-working defensive team.”

The first half lacked rhythm after several fouls and two injuries to Courage players. Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath fouled Taylor Smith in the second minute and Smith went down with a shoulder injury. The defender came back into the game, but was subbed out a few minutes later after trying to go up for a header.

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni was asked at the postgame press conference whether she thought the game would’ve unfolded differently if a yellow card had been shown in the second minute by referee Danielle Chesky. Heath eventually received a yellow in the 41st minute, but did not get one for the foul on Smith.

“Yes,” Courage coach Paul Riley interjected.

“The rules of the game are as such. You want the referee to get control of the game and hold on to the game. That’s what they’re there for,” Zerboni said. “I thought she did her job. I thought some things could’ve been changed and gotten control of the game earlier with maybe a couple of cards shown and I thought there was a couple of tackles that maybe could’ve been a red card, honestly.”

The Thorns committed 13 fouls to the Courage’s 11. Portland received three yellow cards (Heath, Hayley Raso and Dagný Brynjarsdóttir). Kristen Hamilton also left the match with a left leg injury after a collision with Heath.

“I’m surprised the way Portland played in the first half to be honest with you. It’s not that type of team. They have some great players and I’d rather see the players play than kick people, but they chose the latter in the first half. At least in the second half, [the] game started. More like a 45-minute game than I think that it was a 90-minute game,” Riley said.

“I’m making comments off the live game. I thought Tobin received the two worst challenges in the game,” Parsons said when asked about Riley’s comments.  He pointed to a hard challenge from Makenzy Doniak on Heath in the first half, that was not called a foul. “It was always going to be a physical game. Carolina have built an identity around being physical, being fast, putting pressure on people. And that’s what we were last year, something we’ve continued to develop.”

Heath left the match briefly in the 74th minute after being fouled by Williams, but returned to the match.

It’s the 12th shutout of the season for Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who set a league record with 11 during the regular season.

“AD [Franch] gave us all dryer sheets today for ‘clean sheets’. It’s something we pride ourselves on and that’s the goal we go into every game: a clean sheet. That’s the best we can do. We did our job. It’s the most important things for us,” Menges told reporters after the game.

Franch and the Thorns can also thank the crossbar for coming up big win Courage midfielder Sam Mewis tried to chip the goalkeeper from midfield in the 14th minute.

The Courage had been on the winning side of eight 1-0 wins this year, including their dramatic playoff win last week, but ended up losing by that scoreline this evening.

While it wouldn’t have been considered a repeat win for the Courage, many of the same players on the field won the NWSL Championship last season as part of the Western New York Flash before the franchise relocated to the North Carolina in January of this year. The Flash upset Portland, the NWSL Shield winners, in the semifinals last season. This time, the Thorns returned the favor.

Through five years in the NWSL, no Shield winners have ever gone on to win the title.

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Taylor Smith

Defender
  12'
8

Denise O'Sullivan

Midfielder
  86'
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
5

Samantha Mewis

Midfielder
23

Kristen Hamilton

Midfielder
  39'
9

Lynn Williams

Forward
12

Ashley Hatch

Forward

substitutes

3

Makenzy Doniak

Substitute
  12'
1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
2

Nora Holstad Berge

Substitute
14

Jessica McDonald

Substitute
  39'
22

Stephanie Ochs

Substitute
  86'
25

Meredith Speck

Substitute
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
7

Lindsey Horan

Defensive Midfielder
  49'
28

Amandine Henry

Defensive Midfielder
  90 + 3'
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Defensive Midfielder
  54'
12

Christine Sinclair

Attacking Midfielder
17

Tobin Heath

Forward
  41'
21

Hayley Raso

Forward
  45 + 1'   69'

substitutes

30

Celeste Boureille

Substitute
11

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir

Substitute
  72'   54'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
10

Allie Long

Substitute
  90 + 3'
34

Tyler Lussi

Substitute
9

Nadia Nadim

Substitute
  69'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

END 14

Match ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Portland Thorns 1.

90'+6'

END 2

Second Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Portland Thorns 1.

90'+3'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Allie Long replaces Amandine Henry.

90'+2'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90'+1'

START DELAY

Delay in match Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

90'+1'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.

90'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Hatch.

88'

MISS

Attempt missed. Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

87'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

87'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Ochs (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper.

86'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Stephanie Ochs replaces Denise O'Sullivan.

84'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Makenzy Doniak.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage).

82'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle.

82'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Portland Thorns).

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage).

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage).

80'

FREE KICK WON

Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73'

START DELAY

Delay in match Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

73'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

73'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper.

72'

YELLOW CARD

Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72'

FREE KICK WON

Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Portland Thorns).

72'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

71'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nadia Nadim.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage).

71'

FREE KICK WON

Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Nadia Nadim replaces Hayley Raso.

68'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by McCall Zerboni.

66'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

60'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper following a corner.

58'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

58'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica McDonald with a headed pass.

55'

FREE KICK WON

Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

54'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Dagny Brynjarsdóttir replaces Ashleigh Sykes.

53'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

52'

FREE KICK WON

Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

51'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

49'

GOAL

Goal! North Carolina Courage 0, Portland Thorns 1. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage).

47'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Makenzy Doniak.

START

Second Half begins North Carolina Courage 0, Portland Thorns 0.

45'+5'

END 1

First Half ends, North Carolina Courage 0, Portland Thorns 0.

45'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage).

45'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

45'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45'+2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lynn Williams.

45'+2'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45'+1'

START DELAY

Delay in match Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

45'+1'

YELLOW CARD

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Makenzy Doniak (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

42'

FREE KICK WON

McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

41'

YELLOW CARD

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card.

41'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

40'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

39'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Jessica McDonald replaces Kristen Hamilton because of an injury.

39'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36'

START DELAY

Delay in match Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

35'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

35'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Menges.

33'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by McCall Zerboni with a through ball.

32'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Abby Dahlkemper tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

31'

FREE KICK WON

Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

25'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Abby Dahlkemper tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

23'

FREE KICK WON

Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Menges (Portland Thorns).

21'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Samantha Mewis with a cross following a corner.

20'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

17'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

17'

FREE KICK WON

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

15'

FREE KICK WON

McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Samantha Mewis.

14'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

14'

POST

Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) hits the bar with a left footed shot from more than 35 yards.

12'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Makenzy Doniak replaces Taylor Smith because of an injury.

8'

OFFSIDE

Offside, North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis tries a through ball, but Ashley Hatch is caught offside.

4'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

2'

START DELAY

Delay in match Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage) because of an injury.

2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

2'

FREE KICK WON

Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

NC
KO HT FT 90+
12
Makenzy Doniak 3
Taylor Smith 11
39
Jessica McDonald 14
Kristen Hamilton 23
54
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 11
Ashleigh Sykes 14
69
Nadia Nadim 9
Hayley Raso 21
86
Stephanie Ochs 22
Denise O'Sullivan 8
90 +3
Allie Long 10
Amandine Henry 28
49
goal

Lindsey Horan 7

41
yellow card

Tobin Heath 17

45 +1
yellow card

Hayley Raso 21

72
yellow card

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 11

POR

Goals & Assists

49′ Portland Thorns FC
Lindsey Horan

Disciplinary

41′ Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath
45 + 1′ Portland Thorns FC
Hayley Raso
72′ Portland Thorns FC
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir

Substitutions

12′ North Carolina Courage
  Makenzy Doniak
  Taylor Smith
39′ North Carolina Courage
  Jessica McDonald
  Kristen Hamilton
54′ Portland Thorns FC
  Dagný Brynjarsdóttir
  Ashleigh Sykes
69′ Portland Thorns FC
  Nadia Nadim
  Hayley Raso
86′ North Carolina Courage
  Stephanie Ochs
  Denise O'Sullivan
90 + 3′ Portland Thorns FC
  Allie Long
  Amandine Henry


NC

Match Statistics


POR

16
Shots
4
5
Shots On Goal
3
5
Shots Blocked
0
4
Corners
2
15
Crosses
7
3
Offsides
0
13
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
350
Total Passes
321
56.3%
Passing Accuracy
55.1%
52.6%
Possession
47.4%
59
Duels Won
62
19
Tackles Won
22
2
Saves
5
10
Clearances
46

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
11 D Taylor Smith 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
8 M Denise O'Sullivan 86 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
5 M Samantha Mewis 90 0 0 5 5 2 0 0 2
23 M Kristen Hamilton 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 1 1
12 F Ashley Hatch 90 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 3
3 S Makenzy Doniak 78 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S Nora Holstad Berge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Jessica McDonald 51 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
22 S Stephanie Ochs 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
25 S Meredith Speck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Sam Witteman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
99 G Katelyn Rowland 90 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 D Katherine Reynolds 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 DM Lindsey Horan 90 1 0 2 2 1 0 2 3
28 DM Amandine Henry 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
14 DM Ashleigh Sykes 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 AM Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 F Tobin Heath 90 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1
21 F Hayley Raso 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
30 S Celeste Boureille 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S Allie Long 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 S Tyler Lussi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Nadia Nadim 21 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
26 S Mallory Weber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 0 16 5 0 0 0 1