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Thorns FC Earn 1-1 Draw on the Road against Utah Royals FC

October 4, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Portland Thorns FC News Release

SANDY, Utah. - In their second to last match of the 2020 campaign, Portland Thorns FC battled Utah Royals FC to a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium in NWSL Fall Series action on Saturday night. Christine Sinclair scored a goal for a second consecutive match as Thorns FC remained unbeaten in NWSL Fall Series play.

NWSL Fall Series Form

With their draw, Thorns FC remained unbeaten in three NWSL Fall Series matches with a 2-0-1 (7pts) record. Portland is tied with the Washington Spirit (2-1-1, 7pts) in the standings to see who will take home the 2020 Verizon Community Shield. The team with the most points at the end of the Fall Series will be awarded the Verizon Community Shield and the opportunity to present a grant of $25,000 to their community partner, made possible by Verizon. Thorns FC are competing for Mimi's Fresh Tees.

Thorns Against Utah Royals FC

Saturday's match marked the eighth meeting across all competitions against between Portland and Utah, with the Thorns leading the all-time series 3-1-4. With her goal, Sinclair has now tallied three goals and two assists in seven career matches across all competitions against Royals FC.

Goal-Scoring Plays

UTA - Amy Rodriguez, 9th minute: After Lo'eau LaBonta's shot was parried away by goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom, the rebound fell to Amy Rodriguez, whose shot from point-blank-range was placed into the back of the net.

POR - Christine Sinclair, 59th minute: Dribbling down the left wing, Lindsey Horan delivered a driven cross to the back post to Simone Charley, who delivered a shot near the goal line that was blocked. The rebound fell to Sinclair, who tapped the ball in from close range.

Notes:

Thorns FC remained undefeated (2-0-1, 7pts) in three NWSL Fall Series matches.

Christine Sinclair tallied a goal for a second consecutive match, improving her goal tally to four in three NWSL Fall Series matches.

Sophia Smith made the first start of her professional career, logging 45 minutes and finishing the match with two chances created.

Thorns FC have had six different players (Simone Charley, Tyler Lussi, Angela Salem, Christine Sinclair, Raquel Rodríguez, Christen Westphal) play in every single match across all competitions in 2020.

Britt Eckerstrom tallied five saves against Utah Royals FC and improved to 3-1-1 across all competitions in 2020.

Next Game

Thorns FC conclude NWSL Fall Series play by traveling to face Cascadia-rival OL Reign on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Cheney Stadium; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (Pacific) and features a stream on Twitch.

Portland Thorns FC vs. Utah Royals FC

2020 NWSL Fall Series

Oct. 3, 2020 - Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Thorns FC 0 1 1

Utah Royals FC 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

UTA: Rodriguez, 9

POR: Sinclair, 59

Misconduct Summary:

None

Lineups:

POR: GK Eckerstrom, D Westphal, D Menges, D Sauerbrunn (Hubly, 69), D Pogarch, M Ogle, M Rodríguez (Salem, 61), M Horan, M Sinclair ©, F Weaver (Everett, 45, Lussi, 90), F Smith (Charley, 45)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Angerer, D Smithers

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Horan, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 8 (Horan, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 4

UTA: GK Smith, D Bowen, D Ball, D Leach, D Weber, M LaBonta, M Diallo, M Boquete (Lytle, 65), F Ratcliffe, F Rodriguez ©, F King

Substitutes Not Used: GK Lowder, D Nolf, D Vincent, F Del Fava, F Strom-Okimoto, F Vasconcelos

TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Rodriguez, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Rodriguez, 3); FOULS: 7 (Ratcliffe, 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 4

Referee: Karen Abt

Assistant Referees: Bennett Savage, Kali Smith

4th Official: Brad Jensen

Attendance: 1,095

Weather: Clear, 77 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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