September 4, 2016
Breakers trounced by Thorns
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Boston Breakers sustained their second successive defeat, falling, 5-1, to the Portland Thorns before a 17,152 crowd at Providence Park Sunday night.
The Breakers (3-13-1, 10 points) began with an effective possession game, Natasha Dowie missing just wide in the 12th minute.
In the 14th minute, Christine Sinclair finished a corner kick from Nadia Nadim, who scored three times for the Thorns (9-3-5, 32 points).
In the 26th minute, Libby Stout saved Lindsey Horanís point-blank shot, Hayley Rasoís missing wide with the follow.
In the 25th minute, Dowieís eight-yarder was saved by Michelle Betos.
The Thorns took a 2-0 halftime lead on Nadimís 42nd-minute penalty kick. Minutes later, Stout made another stop on Horan.
In the 48th minute, Allie Long finished a Sinclair cross. In the 79th minute, Nadim maneuvered around Stout for a 4-0 edge.
The Breakers rallied as defender Julie King headed in a Eunice Beckmann free kick in the 84th minute, her second of the season and Beckmannís first NWSL assist.
Nadim then headed past Stout in the 92nd minute.