After back-to-back road matches to begin the 2018 season, Portland Thorns FC returned to Providence Park, registering a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in the club’s home opener in front of 16,466 fans on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Christine Sinclair each recorded a goal and an assist, helping Portland extend its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches.
Sunday’s match marked the fifth regular-season meeting between the Pride and Thorns FC. Portland improved to 4-0-1 all-time against Orlando, including a mark of 3-0-0 at Providence Park. Horan has scored in three of the five meetings with Orlando, while Sinclair has scored in each of the last two matches against the Pride at Providence Park.
After two games on the road to start the season, Portland returned to Providence Park and extended its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches, including playoffs, dating back to the 2016 season. During that span, Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 21-5.
Horan recorded her 11th career goal in the match, moving her into a tie for fifth place on the all-time goal scoring list for Thorns FC. Sinclair registered her 75th career point, claiming the top spot as Portland’s all-time career leader in points in her 90th career match for the club.
With the win, Thorns FC improved to 6-0-0 all-time in home openers, outscoring opponents 15-5. It also marked the third consecutive season Portland has squared off against Orlando in its home opener. Thorns FC have won all three home-opener meetings against Orlando.
Up next, Thorns FC remain at home, playing host to the Washington Spirit on Friday, April 20, at Providence Park. The April 20 match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available on the go90 app and online at www.go90.com.
April 15, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Orlando Pride 1 0 1
Portland Thorns FC 2 0 2
ORL: Ubogagu (Nairn), 20
POR: Horan (Sinclair), 28
POR: Sinclair (Horan), 39
ORL: Pressley (caution), 85
POR: GK Franch, D Purce, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Hubly, D Klingenberg, M Boureille (Salem, 90+1), M Horan, F Weber (Crnogorcevic, 60), F Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Onumonu, 61)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Heath
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Sinclair, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Horan, Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 12 (Horan, Purce, 3); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 0
ORL: GK Harris ©, D Krieger, D Zadorsky, D Pressley, D Pickett (Elinsky, 67), M Weatherholt, M Edmonds (Evans, 77), M Nairn, F Leroux, F Morgan, F Ubogagu
Substitutes Not Used: GK Kopmeyer, M Callahan, F Gomes, D Okvist, M Creighton
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Ubogagu, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Ubogagu, 1); FOULS: 8 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 6
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referees: Alicia Messer, Joshua Haimes
4th Official: Chad Stewart
Weather: Showers, 49 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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Portland Thorns FC have been recognized by the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence Awards, honoring the region’s most influential business women from every industry and profession, it was announced today.
The award was designed to honor women who have made a difference in their communities, blazing a trail for others and leaving a mark on the Pacific Northwest community. The winners were selected from a group of nominees with the following criteria: established business leaders with a strong record of innovation in their field, women with outstanding performances in their field or a clear track record of meaningful community involvement.
In 2017, Thorns FC won their second NWSL Championship in five seasons, posting a 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage on Oct. 14 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. With the win, Thorns FC became just the second club in league history to win multiple NWSL Championships. Thorns FC have helped set the standard as a model women’s sports team, drawing more fans than any professional women’s sports team in the world. Portland led the NWSL in attendance for a fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging a record 17,653 fans per match during the regular season.
As part of the team’s community platform, Stand Together, players participated in the club’s annual Stand Together Week, working at various volunteer projects throughout the greater Portland area, painting houses for Habitat for Humanity, planting community gardens at Kateri Park and hula-hooping with students at recess. Additionally, Thorns FC helped host the second-annual Girl Strong Clinic, where 130 underserved girls from five area nonprofits participated in soccer drills and fun games alongside the players. In addition, throughout the season the team honored 26 young girls as the “Girls of the Game” for their positive contributions to their community.
Thorns FC were among 25 award winners honored at the Women’s of Influence Awards Luncheon in downtown Portland this week.
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