Thorns FC

MATCH RECAP | Thorns FC smash NJ/NY Gotham FC with 5-0 victory

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.


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+).


  • 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

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