Behind a first-half brace from midfielder Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns FC earned a second consecutive win, defeating the Houston Dash 3-1 in front 15,327 at Providence Park on Sunday night. With a pair of goals, Horan is now tied for the NWSL lead with nine goals, while forward Ana Crnogorcevic tallied her fourth goal of the season in the victory.
Portland has tallied five total goals in the first half of its last two matches. This season, Thorns FC have scored more goals in the first half (17) than any team in the NWSL, including a league-best nine goals in the final 15 minutes of the opening half. Portland is 6-0-2 when scoring the first goal this season.
Thorns FC picked up their second consecutive 3-1 win over the Dash this season, improving to 2-0-1 in three matches against Houston in 2018. Portland has outscored the Dash 7-3 in those three meetings, including three goals from Crnogorcevic. Thorns FC have won four straight matches against Houston at Providence Park, outscoring the Dash 10-2 in those games. Additionally, Portland is unbeaten in its last seven matches (5-0-2) against Houston.
With a pair of goals in the first half, Horan tallied her first brace of the season, and the second of her Thorns FC career. Horan is the fourth player in club history to register multiple braces. She is the second player to score a brace for Portland in 2018 as forward Christine Sinclair recorded two goals on the road against the Chicago Red Stars on March 31.
Thorns FC travel to the East Coast for a road match against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, July 21, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The July 21 match kicks off at 4 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available at www.go90.com and the go90 app.
Portland Thorns FC (7-5-5, 26pts) vs. Houston Dash (5-7-5, 20pts)
July 15, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Thorns FC 2 1 3
Houston Dash 1 0 1
POR: Horan (Sonnett), 16
POR: Horan, 31
HOU: Ohai, 37
POR: Crnogorcevic (Raso), 48
POR: GK Franch, D Carpenter, D Sonnett, D Menges, D Klingenberg (Reynolds, 66), M Boureille, M Horan, M Sinclair ©, F Heath F Crnogorcevic (Weber, 90), F Raso (Lussi, 83)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, D Hubly, M Salem, F Onumonu
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Horan, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Horan, 4); FOULS: 9 (Raso, 3), OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 3
HOU: GK Campbell, D Comeau, D Brooks, D Agnew, D Chapman (Hanson, 70), M Polkinghorne (Kgatlana, 84), M Motlhalo, M Simon (Prince, 46), M Huerta, M Ohai ©, F Daly
Substitutes Not Used: GK Prudhomme, D Van Wyk, F Latsko, F Jordan
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Prince, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 8 (Chapman, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 5
Referee: Eric Tattersall
Assistant Referees: Adrienne McDonald, Deleana Quan
4th Official: Chad Stewart
Weather: Sunny, 91 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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