LOS ANGELES - Portland Thorns FC left it until the last possible minute, but managed to steal a point from Angel City FC at Banc of California Stadium thanks to a Yazmeen Ryan goal deep into stoppage time on Friday night which ended the match with a 1-1 draw.

Five Thorns FC players made their first NWSL starts and 24-year-old goalkeeper Shelby Hogan made seven saves in her NWSL debut as a shorthanded Portland side overcame a penalty kick goal it conceded in the second minute to prevent its first loss in over a month.

Match Moments

2' - GOAL (ACFC) - Portland found itself in a less than ideal position early after defender Kelli Hubly was called for a foul in the box in the first minute. Hogan did well to save Savannah McCaskill's initial attempt, but the forward pounced on the rebound and put it past the goalkeeper, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.

5' - CHANCE (POR) - Hubly nearly delivered an equalizer minutes later as the ball found her in the box, but her shot went wide of the left post.

16' - CHANCE (POR) - Portland's next dangerous opportunity came in the 16th minute as Hina Sugita found space down the left and served a cross to the back post. The ball reached Ryan, but she couldn't put enough strength on her shot and only made it as far as Angel City goalkeeper DiDi Haracic.

26' - CHANCE (POR) - Hannah Betfort had a dangerous opportunity of her own midway through the first half. Marissa Everett received the ball in midfield and drove at the end line before sending a cross to an unmarked Betfort at the back post, but the attempted header had too much power and flew over the bar.

39' - CHANCE (POR) - Ryan came inches away from netting a stunning goal off a free kick and bringing Portland back into the game. Her attempt cleared the wall, but couldn't dip quickly enough to challenge Haracic.

54' - SAVES (POR) - Tested with a driven shot from distance, Hogan dove low and to her left to get a strong hand on the shot. Called upon again a minute later, Hogan dove to her right and pushed another shot away to prevent Angel City from adding a second goal.

72' - CHANCE (POR) - Brought into the game midway through the second half, Morgan Weaver generated a half-chance for herself in the box. After receiving the ball on a pass poked through to her centrally, Weaver turned and fired a shot that Haracic corralled.

82' - CHANCE (POR) - Madison Pogarch spotted Weaver making a run into the box and slipped her a low ball, but Weaver's final shot was blocked away.

90+6' - GOAL (POR) - Seconds away from suffering its first defeat since May 21, Portland had one final opportunity late and fully capitalized on it. Pogarch played a deep cross from the left that found the head of Ryan, who nodded the ball past Haracic to level the score in the final moments and allow the Thorns to walk away with a hard-fought point.

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The Thorns have nine days off before returning to action against OL Reign at Lumen Field on July 10 (3pm PT, Twitch). Portland and OL Reign played to a scoreless draw in their first matchup of the regular season back on May 13.

Notes:

  • Portland is unbeaten in its last six matches overall with a record of 3-0-3.
  • Thorns FC remain unbeaten on the road in 2022 with a record of 1-0-3.
  • Yazmeen Ryan scored the latest goal in Thorns FC history, besting Michelle Betos’ 95th minute equalizer against FC Kansas City on June 19, 2015.
  • The goal was Ryan’s first of her NWSL career. Ryan has a goal and two assists in her last two matches.
  • Ryan is the 10th different player to score a goal for Thorns FC this season.
  • Madison Pogarch recorded her first career NWSL assist.
  • Pogarch is the 10th player to register an assist for Thorns FC this season.
  • Five players earned their first career NWSL regular season starts in the match: Natalie Beckman, 
  • Hannah Betfort, Shelby Hogan, Gabby Provenzano and Taylor Porter.
  • Hogan made her NWSL debut in the match. She is the second player to start a match from 
  • Providence College in NWSL history (Catherine Zimmerman – Sky Blue FC – 2016).
  • Hogan made seven saves in her NWSL debut, while also stopping a penalty kick.
  • Marissa Everett earned her first start of the 2022 season.
  • The match featured each of Portland’s last five draft selections on the roster. Beckman and 
  • Provenzano both picked in the 2022 NWSL Draft. Sam Coffey, Yazmeen Ryan and Betfort were all selected by Thorns FC in the 2021 NWSL Draft.
  • Nine of Portland’s 11 starters were either selected in the NWSL Draft or were undrafted, brought into the club as non-roster invitees or national team replacement players and then signed with the team.
  • Thorns FC’s three substitutes in the match were a 2020 NWSL Draft pick (Morgan Weaver), a undrafted player in 2019 (Madison Pogarch) and a Thorns FC Academy product (Olivia Moultrie).
  • Kelli Hubly and Sam Coffey both started their 10th straight match. Coffey and Hubly are the only two players to start every match.
  • Hina Sugita appeared in her 10th match. She joins Coffey and Hubly as one of three players to appear in every match this season.
  • Every player on the Thorns FC roster has started at least one game in the Challenge Cup or NWSL regular season.

Portland Thorns FC (4-1-5, 17pts) vs. Angel City FC (4-4-2, 14pts) 
July 1, 2022 – Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Scoring Summary:
ACFC: McCaskill (penalty kick), 2
POR: Ryan (Pogarch), 90+6

Misconduct Summary:
ACFC: Le Bihan (caution), 87
POR: Coffey (caution), 88
POR: Pogarch (caution), 88
POR: Beckman (caution), 90

Lineups:
POR: GK Hogan, D Beckman, D Hubly, D Provenzano, D Klingenberg © (Pogarch, 71), M Porter, M Everett (Moultrie, 71), M Coffey, F Ryan, F Betfort (Weaver, 64), F Sugita

Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, D Nally, D Shorts, D Menges, M Byrne, F Talley

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Ryan, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Ryan, 2); FOULS: 9 (Beckman, Ryan, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 7

ACFC: GK Haracic, D Lussi, D Nielsen, D Reid, D Riley © (Breslin, 46), M McCaskill, M Nabet (Ferrer Van Ginkel, 80), M Weatherholt, F Taylor (Leroux, 64), F Le Bihan, F Endo (Cousins, 90+5)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Isenhour, GK Perez

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Taylor, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (McCaskill, 2); FOULS: 17 (Three players tied, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3

Referee: Adorae Monroy
Assistant Referees: Melissa Beck, Stephen McGonagle
4th Official: Gustavo Barrientos
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees
Attendance: 17,492

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial