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NWSL CHAMPIONS: PORTLAND THORNS FC
Goals from Heath and Sinclair, shutout by LeBlanc seal 2013 NWSL crown
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Aug. 31, 2013) – Tobin Heath scored a sensational 25-yard, first-half strike before Christine Sinclair added a goal of her own in second-half stoppage time as Portland Thorns FC survived the final 34 minutes with 10 players to claim the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Championship with a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium.
 
Heath provided what proved to be the game-winning goal after she lined up a free kick in the 40th minute from more than 25 yards out and delivered a blistering right-footed shot that sailed over the Western New York wall and into the top left corner of Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch’s net.
 
Heath’s place in coach Cindy Parlow Cone’s starting XI had been in slight doubt during the week leading up the 2013 NWSL Championship Game while she nursed a sore right foot that forced her to come off in the second half of the Thorns’ semifinal victory over FC Kansas City seven days earlier.
 
The U.S. international also made an early exit from the final as she was subbed off in the 63rd minute and replaced by defender Tina Ellerton. Despite shortened evening, Heath was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 NWSL Championship Game.
 
Sinclair scored the Thorns’ second goal of the night in second-half stoppage time to seal the win, but not before Portland was made to play the final 34 minutes with 10 players after defender Kat Williamson was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.
 
 
Forward Alex Morgan did not start for Portland, but did come on as a second-half substitute to play the final 19 minutes and assisted on Sinclair’s injury-time goal.
 
The U.S. international watched from the sideline in the first half as the Flash created the first significant scoring opportunity of the game in the 12th minute, when Samantha Kerr looped a header on net that Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc was able to push onto the crossbar before eventually corralling the rebound.
 
 
The Canada international goalkeeper made seven saves in the game to earn the shutout after recording seven clean sheets during the regular season.
 
The Thorns responded in the 22nd minute with a move down the right flank as defender Marian Dougherty moved into space before curling a cross into the box that Sinclair lashed on frame with a strong header only to see Franch parry over the crossbar.
 
 
Both teams failed to capitalize on clear scoring chances less than three minutes later as Portland defender Tiffany Marshall pushed her shot wide from just outside the six-yard box after she was found unmarked at the far post by a free kick from Dougherty.
 
Less than 50 seconds after that, Flash midfielder and U.S. international Carli Lloyd had clear look at goal but struck her shot wide of the LeBlanc’s far post.
 
 
The Thorns were nearly on the scoreboard in the 37th minute when Danielle Foxhoven was sent in clear on goal on a well weighted through ball from Dougherty. But the Portland forward was closed down by an onrushing Franch, who did well to control the ensuing rebound as well.
 
However, Portland would take the lead in the 40th minute courtesy of Heath’s wonder-strike.
 
 
The score remained 1-0 in favor of the visitors through the 56th minute when the Thorns were reduce to 10 players after Williamson received her second yellow card when she was judged to have taken down Western New York forward and Abby Wambach just outside the Portland penalty area.
 
It was the second time in the span of nine second-half minutes Williamson had been carded for bringing down Wambach just outside the Thorns’ box after she was ruled to have obstructed the U.S. international in the 48th minute as well.
 
 
Western New York piled on the pressure over the final 34 minutes – with Lloyd testing LeBlanc with a header in the in the 66th minute and second-half substitute Vicki DiMartino striking her shot in the 79th minute just past the far post – but the Flash were unable to find the back of the net as LeBlanc and her back line led by Rachel Buehler, Dougherty and Marshall held on to seal the inaugural NWSL Championship.
 
 
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GOALS
1
2
F
Portland
1
1
2
WesternNewYork
0
0
0
 
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
Goal
Time
Team
GoalScorer
Assists
Note
1
40
Portland
Tobin Heath
 
 
2
92+
Portland
Christine Sinclair
Alex Morgan
 
 
 
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
 
 
Time
33
 
Team
Western New York
##
 
12
 
Player
Estelle Johnson
Card
 
Yellow Card
Reason
 
Persistent Infringement
49
Portland
5
Kathryn Williamson
Yellow Card
Reckless Foul
57
Portland
5
Kathryn Williamson
Red Card
Reckless Foul
74
Western New York
8
Adriana Martin
Yellow Card
Reckless Foul
89
Portland
10
Allie Long
Yellow Card
Delay of Game-Restart
90
Portland
24
Tina Ellertson
Yellow Card
Delay of Game-Restart
 
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
 
Time       Team                                                         OUT                                                                        IN
55            Western New York                   #22 Amy Barczuk                                       #7 McCall Zerboni
63            Portland                                 #17 Tobin Heath                                       #24 Tina Ellertson
71            Portland                                 #9 Danielle Foxhoven                                 #13 Alex Morgan
72            Western New York                    #14 Sarah Huffman                                   #15 Vicki DiMartino
80            Portland                                 #8 Angie Kerr                                            #20 Courtney Wetzel
84            Western New York                   #4 Samantha Kerr                                      #23 Jodi-Ann Robinson

 

 

 
SHOTS
1
2
F
Portland
7
2
9
Western New York
8
10
18
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Portland
6
1
7
Western New York
3
4
7
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Portland
3
4
7
Western New York
5
0
5
 
 
 
CORNER KICKS
1
2
F
Portland
2
2
4
Western New York
2
3
5
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Portland
0
1
1
WesternNewYork
1
1
2
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Portland
6
6
12
WesternNewYork
11
5
16
 
Officials: 
Referee:  KariSeitz
Asst. Referee: Veronica Perez; Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Margaret Domka
Attendance: 9129

 

 
Portland Player Stats
 
##
1
Name(*forstarters)
Karina LeBlanc*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
0
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
0
FS
1
12
Christine Sinclair*
90
1
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
0
3
2
Marian Dougherty*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
16
Rachel Buehler*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
10
Allie Long*
90
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
4
2
6
Meleana Shim*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
7
Nikki Marshall*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
8
Angie Kerr*
80
0
0
2
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
9
Danielle Foxhoven*
71
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
17
TobinHeath*
63
1
0
3
3
0
0
2
0
1
1
5
Kathryn Williamson*
57
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
3
2
24
Tina Ellertson
27
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
13
Alex Morgan
19
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
20
Courtney Wetzel
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TEAM TOTAL                                             957        2        1            9              7        3          1          4         1         12       16


 

Portland Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      Karina LeBlanc*
90
0
18
7
7
W
TEAM TOTAL
90
0
18
7
7
 

 
Western New York Player Stats
 

##
20
Name(*forstarters)
Abby Wambach*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
3
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
2
FS
3
12
Estelle Johnson*
90
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
8
Adriana Martin*
90
0
0
1
0
1
0
5
0
1
2
24
Adrianna Franch*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
Angela Salem*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
16
Katherine Reynolds*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
13
Brittany Taylor*
90
0
0
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
Carli Lloyd*
90
0
0
8
4
0
0
0
0
3
1
4
Samantha Kerr*
84
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
14
Sarah Huffman*
72
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22
Amy Barczuk*
55
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
7
McCall Zerboni
35
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
15
Vicki DiMartino
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
23
Jodi-Ann Robinson
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
 
TEAM TOTAL
990
0
0
18
7
2
0
5
2
16
12

 

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
24    Adrianna Franch*
90
2
9
7
5
L
TEAM TOTAL
90
2
9
7
5
 

 
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