Portland Rain captain Nicole Strong attempts a shot in the 2nd half against Spokane. Photo by Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback.
HILLSBORO, OR - With both their season's on the line, the Spokane Shine (4-2-2, 14 pts) and Portland Rain (4-3-2, 14 pts.) needed to secure a victory in hope of catching WPSL Northwest Divsion leaders Issaquah SC (5-1-2, 17 pts).
Portland came out strong from the start, pressing Spokane in their half of the field and controlling much of the possession in the first 15 minutes before a Spokane counterattack resulted in a Lisa Robertson corner kick.that found Darci Smith for the game's only goal in the 17th minute. Portland continued to push on in their attack, but battling the heat, a stingy goalkeeper in Stephanie Busch, and the absence of star forward Ellie Boon proved to be too much in the end. While Portland was in control for much of the game, a lack of communication and poor officiating led to a frustrating end to Portland's playoff hopes.NOTES-
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