The Portland Rain are introducted v. Issaquah SC. Photo by Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback
The Portland Rain (3-2-2, 11pts) knew they had to come out strong and facing the strongest offense and defense in the Northwest Divsion from Issaquah SC (4-1-1, 13pts.) a quick start is exactly what they got with a 7th minute goal from Darcie Gardner (1g, 0a) off a corner kick from Amandra Dutra. After giving up the goal, Issaquah started to pick up the pressure, with much of the play putting Portland on their heels. The Rain were able to hold off the Issaquah attack though, with some solid runs and attempts on goal, but just not able to break through and the first half ended with the Rain up 1-0.
From the onset of the second half, it was clear that Issaquah was not going to take their foot off the gas and in the 53rd minute Stephanie Cummins (1g, 0a) the scored the equalizer off a corner kick. Issaquah didn't let up though, continue to press the Rain's defense and in the 70th minute took the lead on a goal by Shawna Anderson (1g, 1a) after a scrum in front of goal. Portland began to counter the Issaquah attack, with several good runs but were not able to break through. Issaquah scored again in the 75th minute (goalscorer not announced) and after that the Rain through caution to the wind and went completely on the offensive in the last 15 minutes of the match, but were not able to break trough.
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