Portland Thorns FC POR

7‑4‑4 , 6‑1‑1 Home

2
Final
Sat, Jul 22

Washington SpiritWAS

3‑8‑3 , 0‑5‑2 Away

1

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 18,478

Thorns pick up three more points at home, defeat Spirit 2-1

Weber's first NWSL goal is the game-winner for Portland

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Allie Long and Tyler Lussi celebrate Long's equalizer against the Washington Spirit. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega for isiphotos.com)

Portland Thorns FC put together back-to-back wins at Providence Park after defeating the Washington Spirit 2-1 on Saturday night. The Thorns now move to 6-1-1 at home so far in 2017 and 7-4-4 overall, good enough for third place on the NWSL table. They’re only three points off of the Chicago Red Stars’ first-place pace, despite missing multiple key players for international duty at the Euros. Midfielder Allie Long and forward Mallory Weber sent the crowd of 18,478 home happy after two second half goals to bag all three points.

Forward Mallory Pugh nearly kicked things off early in Portland, with this chance in the 5th minute after some good build-up from the Spirit. Pugh found some space outside the box, and ripped a shot off before the Portland backline closed in on her, but Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was equal to the task and made the diving catch.

The Thorns were unable to get a shot on target in the first half, but they left the locker room ready to get back into the match. Forward Christine Sinclair cleaned up a poor clearance from the Spirit back line and took her own shot from distance in the 51st minute that struck the crossbar. The rebound eventually fell back to the Thorns, but Lindsey Horan‘s second attempt was blocked wide.

The Washington Spirit struck first, with midfielder Havana Solaun beating Franch in the 58th minute. Pugh sent in the initial cross from the right wing, and Solaun’s first touch hit the post before she herself cleaned up the rebound and walked it into the net past Thorns defender Katharine Reynolds.

It would only take four minutes, however, for Allie Long to find the equalizer for Portland. Defender Emily Sonnett provided the service off a free kick, and forward Tyler Lussi got a head on it and sent it back across the face of goal. Long was there to clean it up at point blank range past Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.

Finally, Weber found the winner in the 80th minute, only three minutes after entering the match for Lussi. Forward Ashleigh Sykes crossed the ball in from the end line after drawing Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco, and Weber slipped in behind her own defender for the close-range finish.

After the match, Weber told Portland’s Ann Schatz that she was feeling “more relieved than anything.” As for the ball in from Sykes, Weber knew exactly where it was going. “We do that in practice every day, and I know she’s going to get the cross off,” she said. “So I just beat my player and was there, and it was the perfect cross.”

And of course, as with any postgame interview these days in Portland, the requisite hijinks occurred.

As for Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons, here’s what he had to say about Weber’s goal after the match: “The only thing I didn’t say, was ‘go and score the winner’. I said a lot of other stuff and then she ran away and I tried to say, ‘try and…’ and I didn’t get to say ‘score’. It was very tactical, but [I told her] go ahead and take risks, press them and get after the goalkeeper. Every time we get wide make a forward run, every time we get time on the ball, make a forward run, get us going forward. She sprinted off before I could say, ‘score’. So I’m not going to talk about goals in the future, I’m going to let them do their thing. Mal got in, it’s great to see her. She’s been in and out, it’s a very competitive roster and I’m really happy she came on and made statement she should be on the field.”

Portland keeps the home advantage after the international break, hosting the Houston Dash on August 5. The Dash are unbeaten in their last six matches, and have also won their last two games. The Washington Spirit will head to New Jersey on August 4 to take on Sky Blue FC, who have now slipped to fifth place in the standings.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
  73'
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Midfielder
10

Allie Long

Midfielder
  62'
7

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Midfielder
  30'   83'
34

Tyler Lussi

Forward
  77'
12

Christine Sinclair

Forward
21

Hayley Raso

Forward

substitutes

15

Kendall Johnson

Substitute
19

Ashley Herndon

Substitute
20

Kelli Hubly

Substitute
  83'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute
  77'   80'
27

Meghan Cox

Substitute
30

Celeste Boureille

Substitute
  73'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

Washington Spirit

1

Stephanie Labbe

Goalkeeper
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
  72'
4

Shelina Zadorsky

Defender
5

Whitney Church

Defender
24

Estelle Johnson

Defender
11

Mallory Pugh

Midfielder
29

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Midfielder
23

Tori Huster

Midfielder
9

Havana Solaun

Midfielder
  58'
19

Kristie Mewis

Forward
  85'
2

Arielle Ship

Forward
  12'   74'

substitutes

6

Kassey Kallman

Substitute
8

Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew

Substitute
17

Cali Farquharson

Substitute
  85'
20

Cheyna Williams

Substitute
  74'
21

DiDi Haracic

Substitute
22

Alyssa Kleiner

Substitute
27

Yanara Aedo

Substitute

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 2, Washington Spirit 1.

90'+4'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 2, Washington Spirit 1.

90'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Kelli Hubly (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit).

90'+2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cali Farquharson following a set piece situation.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90'

START DELAY

Delay in match Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

89'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Adrianna Franch.

89'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

89'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

89'

FREE KICK WON

Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

85'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Cali Farquharson replaces Kristie Mewis.

84'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Christine Sinclair tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Kelli Hubly replaces Ashleigh Sykes because of an injury.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit).

82'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard.

81'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81'

START DELAY

Delay in match Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

80'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Washington Spirit 1. Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashleigh Sykes.

78'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns).

77'

FREE KICK WON

Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Mallory Weber replaces Tyler Lussi.

77'

FREE KICK WON

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

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit).

76'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kristie Mewis (Washington Spirit) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mallory Pugh.

75'

MISS

Attempt missed. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Havana Solaun.

74'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

74'

FREE KICK WON

Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Cheyna Williams replaces Arielle Ship.

74'

MISS

Attempt missed. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lindsey Horan.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Celeste Boureille replaces Katherine Reynolds.

72'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Emily Menges tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

72'

YELLOW CARD

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card.

71'

FREE KICK WON

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

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit).

71'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristie Mewis.

70'

MISS

Attempt missed. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adrianna Franch.

70'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kristie Mewis with a cross.

69'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

69'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kristie Mewis (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Estelle Johnson.

62'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, Washington Spirit 1. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Lussi with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

61'

FREE KICK WON

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

61'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross following a corner.

60'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

58'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, Washington Spirit 1. Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

58'

POST

Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Mallory Pugh with a cross.

56'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit).

55'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

55'

FREE KICK WON

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan tries a through ball, but Tyler Lussi is caught offside.

51'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Shelina Zadorsky.

51'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

51'

POST

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

50'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lindsey Horan with a cross.

50'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashleigh Sykes with a cross.

47'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

47'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Kristie Mewis (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard.

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 0, Washington Spirit 0.

45'+1'

END 1

First Half ends, Portland Thorns 0, Washington Spirit 0.

44'

FREE KICK WON

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

44'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit).

43'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard with a headed pass.

43'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Christine Sinclair tries a through ball, but Hayley Raso is caught offside.

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

41'

FREE KICK WON

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Stephanie Labbé tries a through ball, but Kristie Mewis is caught offside.

36'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

35'

FREE KICK WON

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

33'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kristie Mewis.

33'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Estelle Johnson.

30'

YELLOW CARD

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30'

FREE KICK WON

Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns).

29'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Shelina Zadorsky.

26'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

25'

FREE KICK WON

Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

20'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

17'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Emily Menges tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

15'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Emily Sonnett tries a through ball, but Hayley Raso is caught offside.

13'

FREE KICK WON

Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns).

12'

YELLOW CARD

Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

12'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit).

12'

FREE KICK WON

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

11'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tori Huster (Washington Spirit).

11'

FREE KICK WON

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

10'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kristie Mewis (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

6'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kristie Mewis.

2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Estelle Johnson (Washington Spirit).

2'

FREE KICK WON

Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
73
Celeste Boureille 30
Katherine Reynolds 2
74
Cheyna Williams 20
Arielle Ship 2
77
Mallory Weber 26
Tyler Lussi 34
83
Kelli Hubly 20
Ashleigh Sykes 14
85
Cali Farquharson 17
Kristie Mewis 19
58
goal

Havana Solaun 9

62
goal

Allie Long 10

Assisted by: Tyler Lussi 34

80
goal

Mallory Weber 26

Assisted by: Ashleigh Sykes 14

12
yellow card

Arielle Ship 2

30
yellow card

Ashleigh Sykes 14

72
yellow card

Caprice Dydasco 3

WAS

Goals & Assists

58′ Washington Spirit
Havana Solaun
62′ Portland Thorns FC
Allie Long
Assisted by: Tyler Lussi
80′ Portland Thorns FC
Mallory Weber
Assisted by: Ashleigh Sykes

Disciplinary

12′ Washington Spirit
Arielle Ship
30′ Portland Thorns FC
Ashleigh Sykes
72′ Washington Spirit
Caprice Dydasco

Substitutions

73′ Portland Thorns FC
  Celeste Boureille
  Katherine Reynolds
74′ Washington Spirit
  Cheyna Williams
  Arielle Ship
77′ Portland Thorns FC
  Mallory Weber
  Tyler Lussi
83′ Portland Thorns FC
  Kelli Hubly
  Ashleigh Sykes
85′ Washington Spirit
  Cali Farquharson
  Kristie Mewis


POR

Match Statistics


WAS

12
Shots
15
3
Shots On Goal
7
1
Shots Blocked
3
6
Corners
4
14
Crosses
13
7
Offsides
1
10
Fouls
9
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
451
Total Passes
387
74.7%
Passing Accuracy
68.5%
53.9%
Possession
46.1%
38
Duels Won
48
8
Tackles Won
18
6
Saves
1
26
Clearances
32

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 D Katherine Reynolds 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 M Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0
10 M Allie Long 90 1 0 3 3 0 2 1 3
7 M Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 3 3 0 2 1 1
14 M Ashleigh Sykes 83 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
34 F Tyler Lussi 77 0 1 3 3 0 1 2 1
12 F Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
21 F Hayley Raso 90 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1
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 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
26 S Mallory Weber 13 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
27 S Meghan Cox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 S Celeste Boureille 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 1 15 6 0 0 0 0
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0
4 D Shelina Zadorsky 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
24 D Estelle Johnson 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
11 M Mallory Pugh 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1
29 M Meggie Dougherty Howard 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
23 M Tori Huster 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1
9 M Havana Solaun 90 1 0 2 2 1 0 1 1
19 F Kristie Mewis 85 0 0 4 4 3 1 0 0
2 F Arielle Ship 74 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0
6 S Kassey Kallman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 S Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Cali Farquharson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
20 S Cheyna Williams 16 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
21 S DiDi Haracic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 S Alyssa Kleiner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Yanara Aedo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Stephanie Labbe 90 2 12 1 0 0 0 0