#StatMan Three | Early goal leads to Thorns victory

Thorns celebration, Thorns vs KC, 04.09.21

Finishing the match with nine players, Portland Thorns FC kicked off their 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over KC NWSL, Friday, at Providence Park. Here are three key #StatMan takeaways from #PORvKC. 

8Rocky Rodríguez put the Thorns up just eight minutes into the match. The goal was the earliest goal scored in Portland's first game of a year, besting Sinead Farrelly who scored 21 minutes into the 2015 season. 

5 Forward Tyler Lussi delivered the fifth goal of her Thorns career, scoring the game-winning goal. All five of Lussi's goals have come in wins with three of those being game-winners. 

7 In her fourth start as a Thorns player, defender Madison Pogarch delivered a game-high seven tackles. The seven tackles are tied for the most by a Thorns player in the last three years.