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OCT 27
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Horan’s late goal salvages 1-1 draw for Thorns in Houston
Lloyd sent off in the 92nd minute as Thorns and Dash draw 1-1
Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan scored in the 91st minute for Porland on Saturday night. (Photo credit:  Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)
Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan scored in the 91st minute for Porland on Saturday night. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

Portland midfielder Lindsey Horan scored a late equalizer as the Thorns salvaged a 1-1 road draw with the Dash in front of 3,869 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The game started over an hour and a half late after a weather delay due to thunderstorms in the area.

With Portland down 1-0 in the 91st minute, Horan scored directly off a free kick from about 30 yards out, a brilliant bending ball to the upper left corner to tie the game 1-1. Dash defender Amber Brooks conceded the free kick after fouling Thorns midfielder Allie Long.

Dash forward Carli Lloyd was issued a red card by referee Christina Unkel shortly after the ensuing kickoff following a challenge near midfield on Thorns forward Mallory Weber.

Dash rookie goalkeeper Jane Campbell made four saves in the match, including a leaping stop on a Christine Sinclair shot in the 34th minute.

 

 

Janine Beckie put the Dash on the board in the 8th minute with her first goal of the season. Forward Rachel Daly dribbled down the right wing and sent a low pass into the box, right to the feet of Beckie. The Canadian international used her first touch to send a right-footed shot past Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch to give Houston an early 1-0 lead.

 

 

Houston had a few late chances to make it 2-0, but could not find a second goal. In the 71st minute, Lloyd found Nichelle Prince with a through ball into the box, but Franch was up to the task.

 

 

Then in the 87th minute, Lloyd’s right-footed shot to seal the win went just wide left.

 

 

The Dash are 2-1-2 since Lloyd returned to the team following a stint with Manchester City earlier this year. Her first game back was a 4-2 home loss to Orlando, but the Dash have not lost since. Due to the red card on Saturday, Lloyd will be suspended for Houston’s next match.

 

Portland played the match without three players who have left for international duty as they prepare for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro tournament in the Netherlands: midfielder Amandine Henry (France), midfielder Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (Iceland) and forward Nadia Nadim (Denmark).

 

Following the draw, the Thorns are now 5-4-4 with 19 points and the Dash are 4-7-2 with 14 points.

 

 

 

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