Christine Sinclair’s Portland Thorns FC survived a near comeback from the San Diego Wave to claim a 3-2 win in the NWSL Challenge Cup in Portland, Ore on Sunday.
Portland (3-1-1) wasted no time getting on the board when Sophia Smith scored in the fourth minute of the game.
Midfielder Hina Sugita doubled the Thorns’ lead in the 21st minute, then added another in the 41st minute after a Sinclair cross was tipped over by a Wave defender. Sinclair played for a win every 90 minutes.
After the 3-0 halftime break, San Diego made a run of their own.
Isabella Briede scored her first NWSL goal in the 46th minute from an assist by American star Alex Morgan. 21 minutes later, Taylor Kornieck scored just as she came on for Briede.
Morgan missed an opportunity to level the game in the 86th minute and the wave fell to 1-3-1 as they sit third in the West Division. The Thorns are currently in second place behind OL Reign.
OL Defeat Angel City FC as the match winner
Olivia Van der Jogt added a Sky header in added time to give OL Reign a 2-1 win over Angel City FC.
The Reign (4-0-1) led 1-0 for much of the game thanks to Bethany Balcer’s 34th-minute goal until Angel City’s Simone Charley (0-4-1) equalized in the 83rd minute .
It looked like the game would end in a draw and Lauren Barnes sent a long-range cross into the box, where four Angel City defenders and just two Reign players – one of whom was Van der Jogt – stood.
Van der Jogt found her way to the ball and headed the ball narrowly past the outstretched hands of goalkeeper DiDi Haračić, who just about caught the ball with her fingertips but couldn’t stop it going in.
Canada international Quinn played 89 minutes for Reign before being eliminated for substitute Olivia Athens. Canadian teammate Vanessa Gilles from Ottawa played the entire game in the backend for Angel City.
The OL Reign meets the San Diego Wave on April 23rd. Angel City next plays the Portland Thorns on April 24th.
Rodman leads Spirit to victory over Gotham FC
Trinity Rodman contributed two goals as Washington Spirit NJ/NY defeated Gotham FC 3-1.
Washington (2-0-3) gave up an early lead when Nahomi Kawasumi scored in just the fourth minute of play for Gotham FC (1-2-2) to give them a 1-0 lead.
Spirit striker Ashley Sanchez responded 20 minutes later with a free-kick from just outside the box.
Rodman, 19, matched Sanchez’s efforts with a goal in the 39th minute after a Kelley O’Hara cross.
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Rodman struck again in the 75th minute from a Sanchez cross to seal the win.
Canada goalkeeper Devon Kerr, a backup for Spirit, didn’t come into play.
Washington next plays North Carolina Courage while Gotham FC next takes on Orlando Pride. Both games will take place on April 23.