(Sept. 4, 2016) – The Boston Breakers lost, 5-1, to Portland Thorns FC Sunday afternoon in front of 17,152 fans at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
Despite controlling possession for the better part of the first 14 minutes and threatening in the 12th minute when Natasha Dowie hit one just wide of goal, the Breakers found themselves down, 1-0, in the 14th minute. Christine Sinclair knocked in a corner kick from Nadia Nadim to put the hosts ahead, 1-0.
Portland nearly doubled the lead 12 minutes later, but keeper Libby Stout denied Lindsey Horan directly in front of goal. The rebound went to the feet of Hayley Raso, whose follow-up shot went wide.
In the 25th minute, Dowie had the Breakers best chance to score up to that point in the match. She put a shot on goal from eight yards out, forcing Michelle Betos to make a save.
The Thorns (9-3-5) doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Nadim scored her first of three in the game. Nadim beat Stout on a penalty kick to put the Thorns ahead, 2-0. Just before halftime, Stout made another big stop of Horan, and again from inside the box.
In the 48th minute, Allie Long beat Stout, hitting in a cross from Sinclair, to give Portland a 3-0 lead. It became a 4-0 game in the 79th minute when Nadim scored her second of the afternoon. She maneuvered around Stout before putting the ball in the back of the net.
The Breakers got one back late when defender Julie King headed in a well-placed free kick from Eunice Beckmann. The goal, which came in the 84th minute, was King’s second of the year.
Portland added a fifth goal in stoppage time. Nadim headed it past Stout in the 92nd minute for the 5-1 final.
The Breakers return to action Wednesday, Sept. 7, to face the Western New York Flash (7 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Defender Kylie Strom made her first NWSL start for the Breakers … Eunice Beckmann earned her first point in the NWSL, assisting on Julie King’s goal … Today marked the first start since June 18 for goalkeeper Libby Stout, who recently returned from injury.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Portland Thorns FC
Date: Sept. 4, 2016
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 1 1
POR 2 3 5
POR – Christine Sinclair (Nadia Nadim) – 14’
POR – Nadia Nadim – 41’
POR – Allie Long (Christine Sinclair) – 48’
POR – Nadia Nadim (Allie Long) – 79’
BOS – Julie King (Eunice Beckmann) – 84’
POR – Nadia Nadim – 92+
BOS: 1-Libby Stout; 8-Julie King, 4-Whitney Engen, 5-Kassey Kallman; 30-Kylie Strom, 88-Katie Schoepfer (29-Ghoutia Karchouni, 75), 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 19-Kristie Mewis (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 72); 10-Louise Schillgard, 17-Kyah Simon (27-Eunice Beckmann, 69), 9-Natasha Dowie
Subs not used: 2-Jami Kranich, 24-Rachel Wood, 23-Brooke Elby, 3-Elise Krieghoff
Head Coach: Matt Beard
POR: 18-Michelle Betos; 2-Katherine Reynolds, 16-Emily Sonnett, 4-Emily Menges, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 10-Allie Long, 28-Amandine Henry (Mana Shim, 64), 21-Hayley Raso (Tobin Heath, 63), 7-Lindsey Horan; 9-Nadia Nadim, 12-Christine Sinclair (30-Celeste Boureille, 74)
Subs not used: 24-AD Franch, 5-Kat Williamson, 22-Jennifer Skogerboe
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
Stats Summary: BOS / POR
Shots: 10 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 9
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 19
Offside: 2 / 5
POR – Nadia Nadim (caution, 90’)
Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant Referee 1: Artyom Arustamyan
Assistant Referee 2: Joshua Haines
Fourth Official: Kelsey Harms