PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Thorns FC returned to action on Wednesday result, though to a rare, second consecutive loss. Despite fighting back from an early two-goal deficit, Portland fell to the Houston Dash, 3-2, at Providence Park
The Dash went up early through a Rachel Daly penalty-kick goal and doubled their lead through Kristie Mewis, but a first-half response from Christine Sinclair and a second-half equalizer from Sophia Smith had Portland on the verge of a result. However, with a late goal from Daly, Houston was able to claim full points, earning a huge boost to their playoff hopes.
Here is Wednesday night, By The Numbers:
Wednesday marked the second time this season the Thorns have allowed more than one goal in a game at home. The last time they conceded multiple times at Providence Park was May 23, 2021, in a 2-1 home loss to OL Reign. Portland had gone seven straight home games without conceding multiple goals at home.
Smith's goal was her seventh of the regular season, moving her into a tied for third in the league's goal-scoring charts. Only OL Reign's Bethany Balcer (nine goals) and the Orlando Pride's Sydney Leroux (eight) have outscored the 21-yeaar-old Thorn.
Before Wednesday, it had been 881 days since the Thorns allowed at least three goals at home. That day — July 14, 2019 — Portland never trailed as Hayley Raso, Midge Purce, Sinclair and Tyler Lussi helped the Thorns defeat the Pride, 4-3.