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NWSL MATCH RECAP | Thorns FC 3, Racing Louisville FC 0

PORTLAND, Ore. – Midfielders Angela Salem, Rocky Rodríguez and Lindsey Horan had a goal and an assist each while the Portland defense did not allow a shot on goal as Thorns FC sped past Racing Louisville FC in a 3-0 victory Saturday night at Providence Park.

Match Moments

2' - CHANCE (POR) - Portland threatened early as defender Meghan Klingenberg chipped a ball from the corner of the 18-yard box into the mixer where forward Simone Charley got a head to it but looped it just over the bar.

8' - GOAL - (POR) - The Thorns kept up the pressure and in the eighth minute, they were rewarded. As Louisville failed to clear their lines following a sustained Thorns attack, a loose ball fell to midfielder Angela Salem just outside the box. Her one-timed show deflected off a defender and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

27' - CHANCE (POR) - Midfielder Crystal Dunn, on the right corner of the area, curled a ball towards the far corner of the net that Louisville goalkeeper Michelle Betos jumped high to palm away but right into the onrushing knee of Portland Forward Morgan Weaver. Weaver's pushed shot was then knocked away by Betos on the goal line and cleared.

33' - CHANCE (POR) - Klingenberg, racing down the left channel, lofted a ball to the back post that Charley headed on target but Betos' reaction save knocked it out of play. On the ensuing corner kick, the outswinging ball found midfielder Lindsey Horan at the penalty spot who hit it on a half volley again forcing an alert save from Betos.

48' - GOAL (POR) - Three minutes on the other side of half, the Thorns doubled their lead to 2-0. Horan carried to the endline and threaded a cut back ball to midfielder Rocky Rodríguez on the top of the six-yard box to slot home.

66' - CHANCE (POR) - Second-half sub Natalia Kuikka crossed a low ball from the right side into the Racing area that Horan fired on goal, forcing a diving save from Betos.

77' - GOAL (POR) - Horan scored a unique goal in the 77th minute when, some 30 yards from net, she sent a ball in towards Charley on the back post. Charley attempted a header but missed it and, in effect, served as a decoy as the ball sailed past her to settle into the far corner of the net for a 3-0 Thorns lead.

Notes:

  • Angela Salem scored her first career goal and tallied her first assist for Portland.
  • Rocky Rodríguez scored her first goal and tallied her first assist in an NWSL regular season match for the Thorns FC.
  • Lindsey Horan tallied her first goal and assist of the 2021 regular season campaign.
  • Salem is the ninth different player to score a goal for Thorns FC across all competitions in 2021.
  • Adrianna Franch recorded her fifth shutout across all competitions in 2021.
  • Thorns FC recorded their third shutout in five matches.
  • Emily Menges became the second player in Thorns’ history to reach 120 appearances, behind Christine Sinclair.
  • Marissa Everett made her 2021 NWSL regular season debut.
  • Meghan Nally made her career NWSL regular-season and Providence Park debut.
  • Thorns FC have recorded 20 or more shots in all five regular-season matches in 2021.
  • Since 2014, Portland has compiled a record of 6-0-0 against new expansion sides in their first season in the league.
  • Thorns FC have scored nine goals at home in 2021 with four of those goals coming in the first 15 minutes of the match.
  • Portland has outscored its opponents 9-2 at Providence Park in 2021 regular-season play.

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Portland Thorns FC (3-2-0, 9pts) vs. Racing Louisville FC (1-2-1, 4pts) 
June 5, 2021 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
Portland Thorns FC       1          2          3
Racing Louisville FC      0          0          0  

Scoring Summary: 
POR: Salem (Rodríguez), 8
POR: Rodríguez (Horan), 48
POR: Horan (Salem), 77

Misconduct Summary
LOU: Martin (caution), 49
POR: Horan (caution), 72
LOU: McClure (caution), 85

Lineups:
POR: GK Franch, D Westphal (Kuikka, 62), D Menges©, D Sauerbrunn, D Klingenberg (Nally, 87), M Rodríguez (Boureille, 80), M Salem, M Horan, M Dunn, F Weaver (Lussi, 62), F Charley (Everett, 80)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bixby, D Hubly, D Pogarch, M Ryan

TOTAL SHOTS: 28 (Horan, 10); SHOTS ON GOAL: 12 (Horan, 4); FOULS: 10 (Horan, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 0

LOU: GK Betos ©, D Fox, D Riehl, D Martin, D Simon (Miramontez, 84), M Milliet (Baucom, 50), M Olofsson, M McCaskill, F Ekic (McClure, 61), F Nagasato, F Kizer (Matthews, 84)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Lund, D Bonner, D Hendrix, F Kara

TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (four players tied, 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 8 (Nagasato, Olofsson, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 9

Referee: Samantha Martinez
Assistant Referees: Salma Perez, Corbyn May
4th Official: Luis Trujillo 
Weather: Cloudy, 66 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

Notes:

  • Angela Salem scored her first career goal and tallied her first assist for Portland.
  • Rocky Rodríguez scored her first goal and tallied her first assist in an NWSL regular season match for the Thorns FC.
  • Lindsey Horan tallied her first goal and assist of the 2021 regular season campaign.
  • Salem is the ninth different player to score a goal for Thorns FC across all competitions in 2021.
  • Adrianna Franch recorded her fifth shutout across all competitions in 2021.
  • Thorns FC recorded their third shutout in five matches. 
  • Emily Menges became the second player in Thorns’ history to reach 120 appearances, behind Christine Sinclair.
  • Marissa Everett made her 2021 NWSL regular season debut.
  • Meghan Nally made her career NWSL regular-season and Providence Park debut.
  • Thorns FC have recorded 20 or more shots in all five regular-season matches in 2021.
  • Since 2014, Portland has compiled a record of 6-0-0 against new expansion sides in their first season in the league.
  • Thorns FC have scored nine goals at home in 2021 with four of those goals coming in the first 15 minutes of the match.
  • Portland has outscored its opponents 9-2 at Providence Park in 2021 regular-season play.
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