PORTLAND, Ore. – Christine Sinclair notched the third hat trick of her Thorns career as Portland Thorns FC blew past the OL Reign, 4-1, in Portland's final home match of 2020. The victory places Portland at the top of the NWSL Fall Series standings as the only team with six points.
Joining Sinclair on the scoresheet was Rocky Rodriguez, who scored her first goal a member of Thorns FC. Lindsey Horan added two assists while goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom had seven saves in the victory.
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5' - SAVE (POR) - Eckerstrom came up huge early when she made a diving save on a short-range header from Reign FC.
40' - GOAL (POR) - After Horan and Meghan Klingenberg combing for a give-and-go, Horan dribbled through the right side of the Reign backline before laying off a pass to Sinclair. The Canadian International left little hope for the Reign goalkeeper with a powerful finish.
45' - SHOT (POR) - Tyler Lussi almost added a goal when she turned a poor clearance into a volleyed shot that went just wide of the net.
45+5' - PENALTY KICK GOAL (POR) - Sinclair earned her second goal of the night by slotting home a penalty kick moments before the halftime whistle. Simone Charley drew the penalty when she was taken down by a Reign player in the box.
57' - GOAL (POR) - Rodriguez delivered her first goal for the Thorns when she used a left-footed volley to turn a Charley cross into a beautiful goal.
65' - SAVE (POR) - Eckerstrom again delivered a top-notch save when she denied Jasmyne Spencer's shot from the middle of the penalty area.
70' - GOAL (RGN) - The Reign got on the scoresheet when Bethany Balcer headed in a cross to cut Portland's lead to two.
74' - GOAL (POR) - Sinclair sealed her hat trick when she sliced her way past four defenders before finishing with her left foot. Horan delivered the assist, her second of the night.
The.— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) October 1, 2020
Thorns FC faces a quick turnaround as they head to Utah to take on Utah Royals FC on Saturday from Rio Tinto Stadium in their penultimate match of the NWSL Fall Series; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific) and will be aired live on CBS Sports Network.
Portland Thorns FC vs. OL Reign
2020 NWSL Fall Series
Sept. 30, 2020 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Thorns FC 2 2 4
OL Reign 0 1 1
POR: Sinclair (Horan), 40
POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 45+5
POR: Rodríguez (Charley), 57
RGN: Balcer (Cruz), 70
POR: Sinclair (Horan), 74
POR: Klingenberg (caution), 35
POR: GK Eckerstrom, D Westphal (Pogarch, 53), D Menges, D Sauerbrunn (Hubly, 45), D Klingenberg, M Rodríguez, M Salem (Salem, 84), M Horan, M Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Smith, 53), F Charley (Weaver, 66)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Angerer, D Smithers, M Seiler, F Everett
TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Smith, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Sinclair, Smith, 3); FOULS: 10 (Klingenberg, 3); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 11; SAVES: 7
RGN: GK Betos, D Smith (Hammond, 82), D Brooks, D McNabb, D Cox ©, M Cruz, M Long (Weatherholt, 64), M White (Pruitt, 64), F Spencer (Nild, 82), F Huerta, F Balcer (Andrews, 82)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Murphy, D Hazlett
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Spencer, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Balcer, Spencer, 3); FOULS: 11 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4
Referee: Farhad Dadhko
Assistant Referees: Seth Martin, Cameron Siler
4th Official: Adorae Monroy
Weather: Clear, 70 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial