June 17, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Thorns extend unbeaten string to nine
PORTLAND THORNS FC 2, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 0
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Second-half goals from forwards Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim, helped the Portland Thorns FC extend its unbeaten streak to nine games, including six games on the road, with a 2-0 win against the Western New York Flash in front of 2,235 fans at Rhinos Stadium on Friday evening.
The loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Flash (5-4-0).
Sinclair scored for a second straight match, opening the scoring for Portland (4-0-5, 17pts). The goal was the 19th of Sinclair’s Thorns FC career, and the sixth game-winning goal of her career for Portland – the most in club history.
Switching the point of attack quickly, midfielder Lindsey Horan received a pass near midfield and delivered a quick pass to the feet of midfielder Allie Long. Long turned to find Sinclair making a run towards the box and split the defense with a pass into space. Seeing the goalkeeper off her line, Sinclair calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left to corner to give Thorns FC a 1-0 advantage in the 48th minute.
Portland made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute, when Tobin Heath was knocked down by defender Elizabeth Eddy and Thorns FC were awarded a penalty kick. Nadim sent goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom the wrong direction.
Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch finished the match with seven saves, recording the 10th clean sheet of her NWSL career. Franch made four second-half saves, including a critical stop late in second-half stoppage time as she came all the way back across goal to deny forward Lynn Williams at point-blank range.