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Thorns draw with Houston

Portland readies for home match against Orlando Saturday
Staff report

Forward Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic recorded her first goal of the season and helped the Portland Thorns earn a 1-all draw at Houston Wednesday night in NWSL action.

Portland improved to a tie for fourth place with the Orlando, which will play at Providence Park Satuday at 12:30 p.m. The game is set to be carried on Lifetime.

Crnogocevic's goal came in the 25th minute and was her first in the league since joining the team from Germany's FFC Frankfurt. At 27, she is the leading goal scorer for the Swiss national team and led her German side to the 2015 UEFA Champions League title.

Houston tied the match in the 57th minute. The Thorns dominated much of the match, holding possession of the ball for nearly 70 percent of the 90 minutes and attempting 541 passes - more than double those of the Dash. But, even with completing more than 80 percent of their passes, the team managed just four shots on goal.

Christine Sinclair recorded an assist on the lone Thorns goal, which was her 10th assist with the team.


Thorns chalk up another win

Allie Long's goal stands up against visiting Western New York
April 18, 2015

PORTLAND – Midfielder Allie Long scored her third goal of the season and the Portland Thorns earned a 1-0 victory against the Western New York Flash in front of 13,148 fans Saturday evening at Providence Park.

With the win, Portland (2-0-0, 6 pts) extended its home unbeaten streak to seven matches (6-0-1), dating back to the 2014 season. Thorns FC have recorded back-to-back home wins to open the 2015 NWSL, marking the first time in team history Portland has logged consecutive wins to start the season.

Regular goalkeeper Nadine Angerer returned from international duties and recorded the shutout, the third time in the last four home games the Thorns have held the opponents scoreless.

Thorns FC opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Midfielder Sinead Farrelly floated a cross into the box for Long, who settled in between two Western New York defenders with her back to the goal and flicked the ball into the back of the net. The assist was Farrelly’s first of her Thorns FC and NWSL career, while both Farrelly and Long registered a point for a second consecutive match.

Making her first start of the 2015 season, Angerer earned her third consecutive shutout at home in the regular season for Portland. Angerer made two saves in the match, including a key stop in the 51st minute as she came off her line to knock away a point-blank attempt from Western New York rookie midfielder Sam Mewis in a crowded goal box.

Canada Women’s National Team forward Christine Sinclair, midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Rhian Wilkinson all made their first appearances for Thorns FC this season, entering the match as second-half substitutes. Wilkinson entered the match to begin the second half and made a key defensive play, clearing a chipped shot inside the box by Mewis out of the goal box near the post. Additionally, Thorns FC and England Women’s National Team forward Jodie Taylor earned her first start for Portland.

Portland returns to action Saturday with the first road game of the season at Chicago.


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