LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Midfielder Rocky Rodríguez scored a first half penalty kick, forward Simone Charley added a goal in the second half and Thorns FC defeated Racing Louisville FC 2-0 Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium.
Goalkeeper Bella Bixby, making her first regular-season start, was credited with four saves and picked up her first career shutout and the club's fifth clean sheet of the year.
1' - SAVE (POR) - After the Thorns collected a pass into the area, the ball deflected to Louisville's Ebony Salmon but her shot was saved by goalkeeper Bella Bixby.
23' - CHANCE (POR) - Thorns forward Morgan Weaver dribbled down the left sideline before cutting in and lacing a shot from the edge of the area. Louisville goalkeeper Michelle Betos made the save but spilled the ball towards forward Marissa Everett but the follow-up shot was wide.
24' - CHANCE (POR) - A minute later, Portland's Simone Charley sped down the right channel but her fired shot was parried away by Betos.
30' - GOAL (POR) - Portland took a 1-0 lead on a well-taken penalty kick by midfielder Rocky Rodríguez in the 30th minute. A moment earlier, on a Thorns corner kick, the ball bounced through the Racing area where Rodríguez made a play for it only to be tripped up by Louisville's Yuki Nagasato. Referee Karen Callado immediately pointed to the spot and Rodríguez's converted her attempt with a shot into the lower left of the goal.
46' - SAVE (POR) - Seconds into the second half, Bixby made a great save on a close-in shot from Racing's Nagasato.
52' - GOAL (POR) - The Thorns doubled their lead in the second half as defender Emily Menges, collecting the ball following a Portland corner kick, lofted a perfect pass to the far post that Charley jumped for and then looped her header underneath the crossbar for her third goal of the season.
77' - CHANCE (POR) - On a Thorns corner kick, midfielder Celeste Boureille flicked a header outside to Weaver who hit a left-footed shot on the half-volley forcing a reaction save from Betos.
90' - CHANCE (POR) - Portland defender Madison Pogarch sprung Weaver with a through ball down the left channel. Weaver hit a low spinning shot that skipped just wide of the far post.
90+2' - CHANCE (POR) - Thorns midfielder Olivia Moultre challenged for the ball near the edge of the Louisville area and got it out to Everett. The Portland forward hard shot was caught by Betos.
The Thorns return home to host NJ/NY Gotham FC at Providence Park on July 11 (12pm PT, TICKETS, Paramount+).
Portland Thorns FC (5-3-0, 15pts) vs. Racing Louisville FC (3-4-1, 10pts)
July 3, 2021 – Lynn Family Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Thorns FC 1 1 2
Racing Louisville FC 0 0 0
POR: Rodriguez (penalty kick), 30
POR: Charley (Menges), 52
LOU: McCaskill (caution), 29
LOU: Riehl (caution), 34
LOU: Holly (caution), 76
POR: GK Bixby, D Kuikka (Westphal, 71), D Menges ©, D Hubly, D Klingenberg (Pogarch, 84), M Salem (Moultrie, 83), M Rodríguez, M Boureille, M Everett (Ryan, 55), F Weaver, F Charley (Smith, 71)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Hogan, D Nally, F Okimoto-Strom
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Weaver, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Weaver, 3); FOULS: 5 (Hubly, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 4
LOU: GK Betos, D Simon (Merrick, 59), D Riehl (Ashley, 59), D Martin, D Fox, M Olofsson (Matthews, 74), M McCaskill, M Kizer, M Milliet (Ekic, 74), M Nagasato, F Salmon
Substitutes Not Used: GK Lund, D Hendrix, M Miramontez, F Baucom, F McClure
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Milliet, Salmon, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 6 (Olofsson, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 5
Referee: Karen Callado
Assistant Referees: Brooke Mayo, Chris Schurfranz
4th Official: Emma Richards
Weather: Sunny, 82 degrees
- Portland recorded its fifth clean sheet of the 2021 campaign, which is the most in the league.
- Thorns FC have tallied a league-best 14 goals this season.
- Portland improved to 2-0-0 against Louisville, outscoring the expansion side 5-0 across two matches.
- Bella Bixby made her 2021 debut and first NWSL regular-season appearance in the match.
- It was Bixby’s first appearance since the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup against OL Reign on July 13, 2020.
- Bixby has three clean sheets in five career appearances across all competitions for the club.
- Celeste Boureille and Marissa Everett earned their first NWSL regular-season starts in 2021.
- Rocky Rodríguez scored her second regular-season goal for Portland. She is one of four Thorns FC players with two goals this season.
- The goal was the 10th goal of the Rodríguez’s NWSL career.
- Rodriguez’s goal was her first from the penalty spot in her NWSL career.
- Rodriguez is the eighth different player to score a penalty-kick goal in club history.
- Emily Menges recorded her first career NWSL assist in the match in her 123rd regular-season match.
- Simone Charley scored her team-leading third goal of the season. Two of those goals have been headed goals.
- Olivia Moultrie made her NWSL debut in the match. She is the youngest player to feature in the NWSL at 15 years, 9 months and 16 days.
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