PORTLAND, Ore. – Taylor Porter, Olivia Moultrie, Marissa Everett, Hannah Betfort and Morgan Weaver all scored as Portland Thorns FC ran their unbeaten streak to eight games with a spectacular 5-0 victory over visiting NJ/NY Gotham FC Saturday night at Providence Park.

Match Moments

5' - GOAL (POR) - The Thorns took an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when a corner kick from Meghan Klingenberg wasn't cleared by a Gotham defender, fell right to Taylor Porter who quickly fired her shot into the far corner.

7' - GOAL (POR) - Portland shortly doubled their lead two minutes later. Yazmeen Ryan dribbled up the middle, froze her defender before slipping a pass to Olivia Moultrie near the edge of the box. Moultrie dribbled to the top of the arc before curling a perfect left-footed shot into the upper 90 for her second goal of the year.

11' - GOAL (POR) - Marissa Everett made it 3-0 when when she took a cross from Morgan Weaver on the left side, which Hina Sugita dummied, all before the Portland forward one-timed it into the open net.

34' - SAVE (POR) - On a Gotham corner kick, Portland had difficulty clearing the ball out. But Bella Bixby alertly sprang to her left to knock down a hard shot from an NJ/NY player.

39' - CHANCE (POR) - Weaver, cutting in from the left side, unleashed an arrow of a shot destined for the lower corner only to have Gotham goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris push it away at the last moment.

52' - CHANCE (POR) - A chipped in ball toward's the top of the six-yard box found Weaver but she pushed her shot just wide of the right post.

65' - GOAL (POR) - Moments after having been subbed on, Hanna Betfort gently nodded into the back of the net a beautifully lofted ball from Madison Pogarch to make it 4-0 for the Thorns.

80' - GOAL (POR) - Weaver, who led the team with six shots, finally found a goal of her own to make it 5-0 for the home side when she raced in to pick off a mis-played pass from Gotham 'keeper Harris and snapped a curving, skipping shot that snuck inside the left post to score.

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The Thorns now head into the NWSL midseason break before next playing on July 29 when they travel to face Racing Louisville at Lynn Family Stadium (5pm PT, Paramount+).

Notes:

  • Portland is unbeaten in its last eight matches overall with a record of 4-0-4.
  • Tonight’s win moved Thorns FC into second place in the league (5-1-6, 21 pts).
  • Thorns FC set a new league record for fastest time from kickoff to record three goals (10:13). Portland held the previous league record at 15:22 (vs. Chicago in 2021). 
  • Portland has scored multiple goals in seven of its last eight matches, and at least one goal in eight straight matches.
  • Thorns FC have recorded 11 goals in their last two matches played at Providence Park without conceding any.
  • The result marked Portland’s fifth shutout win this season with three or more goals scored, and sixth clean sheet overall.
  • Thorns FC have the most goals scored in the league with 29, which is nine more than the next closest teams. 
  • Portland also has the best goal differential in the NWSL (+19). San Diego has the next highest (+8).
  • Thorns FC extended their unbeaten streak against Gotham to 11 straight matches (6-0-5), dating back to June 27, 2018.
  • Porter, Moultrie and Weaver each scored their second goals of the season. 
  • Portland has six players with multiple goals this season, the most of any team in the league.
  • Everett and Betfort scored their first goals of the season, becoming the 11th and 12th players to score for Portland this season.
  • Betfort’s goal was the first of her professional career.
  • Twelve goal scorers in one season is tied for the most in club history (2019). 
  • Ryan tallied her team-leading and league-leading fourth assist of the season.
  • Weaver also registered her first assist of the 2022 campaign.
  • Weaver became the 11th player to tally an assist for Portland this season. 
  • Thorns FC have the most goal scorers (12) and players with an assist (11) in the NWSL this year.
  • Seven players have registered both a goal and assist for Portland in the 2022 campaign. 
  • Kelli Hubly is the only Portland player to start every match this season (12).
  • Hina Sugita appeared in her 12th match. She joins Hubly as the only players to appear in every match this season.
  • Michele Vasconcelos made her debut with Thorns FC.
  • Cheyenne Shorts made her NWSL debut.

Portland Thorns FC (5-1-6, 21pts) vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-6-0, 12pts)
July 16, 2022 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Scoring Summary:
POR: Porter, 5
POR: Moultrie (Y. Ryan), 7
POR: Everett (Weaver), 11
POR: Betfort (Pogarch), 65
POR: Weaver, 80

Misconduct Summary:
NJNY: Dydasco (caution), 30
POR: Pogarch (caution),33

Lineups:
POR: GK Bixby, D Hubly, D Klingenberg ©, D Pogarch (Beckman, 78), D Nally (Provenzano, 90), M Porter, M Moultrie (Shorts, 90), M Sugita, F Everett (Betfort, 64), F Weaver, F Ryan (Vasconcelos, 78)

Substitutes Not Used: GK A. Smith, D French, M Byrne, F Talley

TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Weaver, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Weaver, 3); FOULS: 8 (Ryan, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1

NJNY: GK Harris, D Dorsey, D Freeman, D Krieger, D Dydasco (Bike, 60), M Zerboni (Yokoyama, 67), M Cudjoe (Torres, 61), M Kawasumi (Jean, 61), F Sheehan, F Monaghan (Tucker, 73), F Smith

Substitutes Not Used: GK Betos, D Flores, D Livingstone, M Baxter

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Krieger, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Dorsey, 1); FOULS: 12 (5 players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 5

Referee: Elijo Arreguin
Assistant Referees: Christian Clerc, Jeremy Davis
Fourth Official: Christopher Calderon
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees
Attendance: 16,870

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial