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Thorns Capture NWSL Title

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Midfielder Tobin Heath and forward Christine Sinclair registered a goal in each half as Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0 to win the inaugural National Women's Soccer League

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Midfielder Allie Long scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute as Portland Thorns FC erased a two-goal deficit for a 3-2, overtime win against FC Kansas City in a

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Midfielder Meleana Shim scored her second goal of the season and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made 5 saves, including an 83rd-minute stop on a penalty kick as Portland Thorns FC earned a

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Forward Sydney Leroux recorded a first-half brace as the Boston Breakers defeated Portland Thorns FC 2-0 before 12,436 fans at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday night. Boston’s Leroux, a standout

LeBlanc Blanks Sky Blue FC

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Sky Blue FC Beats Thorns 1-0
Written by PortlandThornsFC.com    Thursday, 16 May 2013 23:00   

PORTLAND, Ore. — An 80th-minute goal by second-half substitute midfielder Taylor Lytle guided Sky Blue FC to a 1-0 win over Portland Thorns FC on Thursday night before 11,055 fans at JELD-WEN Field.

With 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Sky Blue FC earned a free kick near the center circle. Following a short pass on the restart, defender Courtney Goodson delivered the ball to Lytle 25 yards from goal. The midfielder, who entered the match in the 78th minute for Portland native Kendall Johnson, took a well-struck shot from outside the box and scored into the upper left side of the goal.

Despite suffering their first loss of the season, Thorns FC (4-1-1, 13pts) remain in first place in the National Women’s Soccer League by virtue of a superior goal differential with Sky Blue FC (4-1-1, 13pts). Portland’s season-opening, five-game unbeaten streak ended as Thorns FC were held scoreless for the first time in six games this season.

Forward Alex Morgan attempted a team-high five shots (2 on goal) and forward Christine Sinclair took four shots (2 on goal), but Thorns FC’s comeback attempt fell short despite several good opportunities in the waning minutes.

Morgan, who had scored a goal in consecutive games entering Thursday’s match, saw a 90th-minute shot saved by Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and a header flash wide in what proved to be Portland’s final attempt on goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

Thorns FC goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made five saves as New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC finished with a 13-11 advantage in shots, including a 6-5 lead on goal.

Portland maintained the majority of possession throughout the first half and saw an immediate scoring opportunity inside the opening 70 seconds. Midfielder Meleana Shim found Sinclair on the left side of the box and the Canadian international forward’s right-footed effort bounced just wide of the far post.

LeBlanc stopped four shots in the first half as Sky Blue FC attempted several shots from distance during the opening 45 minutes.

Second-half substitute forward Danielle Foxhoven created a number of chances for Thorns FC after entering the match in the 63rd minute. The former University of Portland standout combined with midfielder Allie Long on a short corner kick in the 67th minute, finding Morgan near the top edge of the penalty box. Morgan’s right-footed drive sailed just over the crossbar.

Minutes later, Foxhoven took a pass from the left side and delivered a cross that found Morgan for an open shot near the penalty spot, but the forward’s header was saved by Cameron.

In a quick turnaround, Thorns FC play host to the Washington Spirit on Sunday at JELD-WEN Field in the club’s second home match in a four-day span; kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Pacific).

Sunday’s match marks the second meeting between Thorns FC and the Spirit this season. On May 4, Morgan and midfielder Nikki Washington tallied goals in a 2-1 road win against the Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Portland Thorns FC (4-1-1, 13pts) vs. Sky Blue FC (4-1-1, 13pts)
May 16, 2013 – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half               1          2          F
SKY                               0          1         1
POR                              0          0          0

Scoring Summary
SKY — Lytle (Goodson)                        80

Misconduct Summary
POR — Sinclair (caution)           79

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Karina LeBlanc; D Marian Dougherty, D Rachel Buehler, D Kathryn Williamson, D Nikki Marshall, M Becky Edwards, M Allie Long, M Meleana Shim (Danielle Foxhoven, 63), M Nikki Washington (Angie Kerr, 85), F Christine Sinclair (capt.), F Alex Morgan

Substitutes Not Used: GK Adelaide Gay, D Jazmyne Avant, M Elizabeth Guess, M Courtney Wetzel, F Jessica Shufelt

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Morgan, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Morgan/Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 5 (Morgan, 2); OFFSIDES: 8; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 5

SKY: GK Brittany Cameron, D Christie Rampone (capt.), D Caitlin Foord, D Courtney Goodson, D Kendall Johnson (Taylor Lytle, 78), M Manya Makoski, M Sophie Schmidt, M Katy Freels, F Danesha Adams (Maddie Thompson, 90), F Kelley O’Hara, F Lisa De Vanna

 

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