Portland Thorns FC POR

7‑4‑4 , 6‑1‑1 Home

1
Final
Sat, Jul 15

North Carolina CourageNC

9‑5‑0 , 3‑3‑0 Away

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Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 16,804

Portland picks up three massive points at home over North Carolina

Adrianna Franch keeps her seventh clean sheet of the season in 1-0 win

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Meghan Klingenberg, Hayley Raso, Allie Long celebrate Raso's game-winning goal in the 70th minute. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer for isiphotos.com)

Forward Hayley Raso scored her second goal of the season for Portland, and helped the Thorns pick up three points at home over the first-place North Carolina Courage in a 1-0 win. The Thorns are now 13-2-2 at home in Providence Park over the past two seasons, and kicked off a three-game home stand with a big win.

“We’ve come off a few tough losses, and we really went for it today,” Raso said after the match. “Credit to the girls, we had a great game.”

Head coach Mark Parsons changed his system a bit to compensate for North Carolina’s style of play, with his defense arranged into a three-back of Emily Menges, Emily Sonnett and Celeste Boureille. Meghan Klingenberg pushed higher into the midfield.

“We had a bit of a different system today,” Raso noted after the win. “We really went for it. We pressed high, we pushed forward and we tried to put a lot of pressure on their back line. We did that, and that’s how we create goals.”

As much as the Courage are known for their offensive domination via corner kicks, on Saturday afternoon in Providence Park, the set pieces were practically all for the Thorns. Portland finished the match with nine corners to North Carolina’s four, and also held a big overall advantage in passing accuracy, with 64.8% of their passes finding the mark. Midfielder Allie Long led the Thorns with 92.5% passing accuracy overall, as well as 87.5% in the Courage’s half. As for the Courage, the team only found the mark 56.4% on their passing.

The first half was a midfield battle between the two sides, with the best chance coming from the Courage in the 44th minute. Defender Taylor Smith charged up the wing past Meghan Klingenberg, and her cross found the head of Courage forward Ashley Hatch. Hatch, unable to keep her hot scoring streak going, sent it high.

Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch recorded her seventh clean sheet of the season in 14 starts. In 2016, no goalkeeper had more than six clean sheets for the entirety of the regular season. Franch was credited with two saves, but also had to clean up plenty of dangerous chances, including this cross from Makenzy Doniak in the 34th minute.

After the match, Franch said, laughing, “It’s crucial to get a clean sheet at home. You see those fans over there? They’ll let you know when they’re not happy. But it’s always crucial, especially coming off our tie game, keeping this momentum, and then hopefully into the next.”

Portland did have to survive the final ten minutes of the match, along with four minutes of stoppage time first. North Carolina substitute Jessica McDonald, along with forward Lynn Williams and midfielder McCall Zerboni all worked on coming up with the late equalizer.

The biggest scare for the Thorns came in the 90th minute from Taylor Smith. After a long throw from McDonald, Portland’s clearance bounced right back to her. She put it back into the mix centrally, and it ended up at Smith’s feet. She collected the ball and put a right footer on goal that struck the crossbar.

The loss for the Courage gives the Chicago Red Stars a chance to catch up in the standings, and possibly tie the Courage’s 27 points so far this season later on Saturday. The Courage move to 9-5-0 on the season, and will face FC Kansas City next weekend.

The Thorns have now put together a draw on the road in Houston and the win at home on Saturday in their midseason push for playoff positioning. They’ll keep home field advantage next weekend, as they host the Washington Spirit on Saturday, July 22 at 10 p.m. ET.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
30

Celeste Boureille

Defender
7

Lindsey Horan

Defensive Midfielder
10

Allie Long

Defensive Midfielder
34

Tyler Lussi

Attacking Midfielder
  80'
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Attacking Midfielder
  75'
21

Hayley Raso

Attacking Midfielder
  62'   84'   70'
12

Christine Sinclair

Forward

substitutes

2

Katherine Reynolds

Substitute
15

Kendall Johnson

Substitute
19

Ashley Herndon

Substitute
20

Kelli Hubly

Substitute
  84'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute
  80'
27

Meghan Cox

Substitute
  75'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

North Carolina Courage

99

Katelyn Rowland

Goalkeeper
15

Jaelene Hinkle

Defender
6

Abby Erceg

Defender
13

Abby Dahlkemper

Defender
11

Taylor Smith

Defender
  58'
5

Samantha Mewis

Defensive Midfielder
7

McCall Zerboni

Midfielder
3

Makenzy Doniak

Midfielder
  80'
10

Debinha de Oliveira

Attacking Midfielder
  72'
9

Lynn Williams

Forward
12

Ashley Hatch

Forward
  63'

substitutes

1

Sabrina D’Angelo

Substitute
4

Elizabeth Eddy

Substitute
  72'
14

Jessica McDonald

Substitute
  63'
22

Stephanie Ochs

Substitute
  80'
26

Sam Witteman

Substitute

manager

 

Paul Riley

Manager

END 14

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

90'+5'

END 2

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

90'

POST

Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

88'

FREE KICK WON

Meghan Cox (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Elizabeth Eddy (North Carolina Courage).

84'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Kelli Hubly replaces Hayley Raso.

83'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Celeste Boureille.

82'

FREE KICK WON

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

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

81'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

81'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Taylor Smith.

80'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Mallory Weber replaces Tyler Lussi.

80'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Stephanie Ochs replaces Makenzy Doniak.

79'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

75'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross following a corner.

75'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Meghan Cox replaces Ashleigh Sykes.

74'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Makenzy Doniak.

72'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jaelene Hinkle with a cross.

72'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Elizabeth Eddy replaces Debinha.

72'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

70'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, North Carolina Courage 0. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross.

68'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

68'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

67'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Debinha.

67'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66'

START DELAY

Delay in match Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

65'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

63'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, North Carolina Courage. Jessica McDonald replaces Ashley Hatch.

63'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan tries a through ball, but Meghan Klingenberg is caught offside.

62'

YELLOW CARD

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

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

61'

FREE KICK WON

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

61'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Debinha.

61'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

59'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emily Sonnett.

58'

YELLOW CARD

Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Smith (North Carolina Courage).

58'

MISS

Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross following a corner.

57'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

57'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

54'

MISS

Attempt missed. McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

53'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Abby Erceg.

51'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Allie Long.

51'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Katelyn Rowland.

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

50'

FREE KICK WON

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

49'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Christine Sinclair following a corner.

49'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Taylor Smith.

47'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

START

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

45'+2'

END 1

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

44'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Taylor Smith.

43'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Lussi.

42'

OFFSIDE

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

38'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

38'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Jaelene Hinkle.

37'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

37'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

FREE KICK WON

Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

34'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

34'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage).

32'

FREE KICK WON

Emily Menges (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

29'

CORNER

Corner, North Carolina Courage. Conceded by Celeste Boureille.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage).

27'

FREE KICK WON

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage).

26'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emily Menges with a headed pass.

25'

FREE KICK WON

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

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

23'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21'

FREE KICK WON

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

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

16'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Jaelene Hinkle.

15'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14'

START DELAY

Delay in match Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

8'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Ashley Hatch (North Carolina Courage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

7'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

5'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage).

5'

FREE KICK WON

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

4'

FREE KICK WON

Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

3'

FREE KICK WON

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

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
63
Jessica McDonald 14
Ashley Hatch 12
72
Elizabeth Eddy 4
Debinha de Oliveira 10
75
Meghan Cox 27
Ashleigh Sykes 14
80
Mallory Weber 26
Tyler Lussi 34
80
Stephanie Ochs 22
Makenzy Doniak 3
84
Kelli Hubly 20
Hayley Raso 21
70
goal

Hayley Raso 21

Assisted by: Meghan Klingenberg 25

58
yellow card

Taylor Smith 11

62
yellow card

Hayley Raso 21

NC

Goals & Assists

70′ Portland Thorns FC
Hayley Raso
Assisted by: Meghan Klingenberg

Disciplinary

58′ North Carolina Courage
Taylor Smith
62′ Portland Thorns FC
Hayley Raso

Substitutions

63′ North Carolina Courage
  Jessica McDonald
  Ashley Hatch
72′ North Carolina Courage
  Elizabeth Eddy
  Debinha de Oliveira
75′ Portland Thorns FC
  Meghan Cox
  Ashleigh Sykes
80′ Portland Thorns FC
  Mallory Weber
  Tyler Lussi
80′ North Carolina Courage
  Stephanie Ochs
  Makenzy Doniak
84′ Portland Thorns FC
  Kelli Hubly
  Hayley Raso


POR

Match Statistics


NC

14
Shots
12
7
Shots On Goal
2
3
Shots Blocked
3
9
Corners
4
18
Crosses
15
1
Offsides
1
10
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
377
Total Passes
297
65.3%
Passing Accuracy
55.2%
55.6%
Possession
44.4%
53
Duels Won
53
14
Tackles Won
16
2
Saves
6
23
Clearances
31

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 1 0 0 9 1 0 0
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
30 D Celeste Boureille 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 DM Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
10 DM Allie Long 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3
34 AM Tyler Lussi 80 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 0
14 AM Ashleigh Sykes 75 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2
21 AM Hayley Raso 84 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
12 F Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 1
2 S Katherine Reynolds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Kendall Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 S Ashley Herndon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 S Kelli Hubly 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 S Mallory Weber 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Meghan Cox 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 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 12 2 0 0 0 0
15 D Jaelene Hinkle 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
6 D Abby Erceg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 D Abby Dahlkemper 90 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
11 D Taylor Smith 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
5 DM Samantha Mewis 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
7 M McCall Zerboni 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 3
3 M Makenzy Doniak 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 AM Debinha de Oliveira 72 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
9 F Lynn Williams 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
12 F Ashley Hatch 63 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0
1 S Sabrina D’Angelo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 S Elizabeth Eddy 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 S Jessica McDonald 27 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
22 S Stephanie Ochs 10 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 14 6 0 0 0 1