PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC booked their spot in the 2017 NWSL Championship game after downing the Orlando Pride 4-1 at Providence Park Saturday in front of a crowd of 18,193.
Paced by two first-half goals from Amandine Henry and Emily Sonnett and two second-half goals from Hayley Raso and Christine Sinclair, Portland will be heading to their first championship final since winning it in the club's inaugural season in 2013.
12' - GOAL (POR) - The Thorns jumped out to a dream start as defender Meghan Klingenberg whipped in a cross with her right foot to the far post that midfielder Amandine Henry stretched to tap in and give Portland a 1-0 lead.
15' - GOAL (POR) - Three minutes later, midfielder Tobin Heath–making her first start of 2017 following injury–curled in a pinpoint free kick that defender Emily Sonnett leaped high to flick on and into the back of the net for a 2-0 Thorns lead.
23' - GOAL (ORL) - The Pride pulled a goal back as Orlando worked a corner kick from the right that was flicked on by Toni Pressley to Alanna Kennedy who headed it in to make the score 2-1.
71' - GOAL (POR) - Thorns FC midfielder Hayley Raso, sprung by a gorgeous through ball from Lindsey Horan, sped in on goal alone and fired her shot into the right side to give Portland a 3-1 lead.
82' - GOAL (POR) - Forward Nadia Nadim, just subbed on a few moments before, lofted a cross to the back post to an open Christine Sinclair. Sinclair took a touch and scored in the lower right corner to put the Thorns up 4-1.
The Thorns will now host the winner of the North Carolina Courage-Chicago Red Stars semifinal next week on Oct. 14, 2017 in Orlando at Orlando City Stadium in the 2017 NWSL Championship (1:30pm PT, Lifetime).
Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride – NWSL Semifinal
Oct. 7, 2017 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Orlando Pride 1 0 1
Portland Thorns FC 2 2 4
POR: Henry (Klingenberg), 12
POR: Sonnett (Heath), 15
ORL: Kennedy (Pressley), 23
POR: Raso (Horan), 71
POR: Sinclair (Nadim), 82
POR: Henry (caution), 80
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Franch, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Menges, D Klingenberg, M Henry (Long, 81), M Horan, M Sinclair ©, F Sykes (Brynjarsdottir, 67), F Raso, F Heath (Nadim, 80)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, D Boureille, F Weber, F Lussi
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Sinclair, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Henry, Sonnett, 2); FOULS: 15 (Henry, Horan, 3); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 0
ORL: GK Harris, D Edmonds (Evans, 89), D Monica, D Krieger, D Catley, D Pressley, M Weatherholt (Spencer, 81), M Kennedy, M Ubogagu (Hill, 73), F Marta, F Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: GK Bledsoe, M Driesse, M Blankenship, F Fields
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Pressley, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Kennedy, 1); FOULS: 4 (Monica, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 2
Referee: Timothy Ford
Assistant Referees: Deleana Quan, John Krill
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho
Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.