The Portland Thorns traveled to Rochester to take on the Western New York Flash today in a repeat of the 2013 NWSL Championship. This time the Thorns struggled to break down WNY, coming under heavy pressure for the majority of the game but still managing to hold on to a 1-1 draw.
The first half of the match started off poorly with the game stream cutting out before lightning interrupted the heavy rain and intermittent hail to delay the proceedings for half an hour. When the game resumed, the issues with the stream remained, leaving only occasional tweets of Flash chances to paint an impression of a Thorns side under pressure.
In the 39' the stream briefly resumed, just in time to see the Flash open the scoring. After a foul just outside the Thorns box, Sonia Bermudez, the Flash's newly arrived attacking midfielder, curled in a free kick that tucked neatly into the upper corner of the net, barely beating Nadine Angerer.
The Thorns answered back minutes later, charging down the field with a quick answer. The stream blinked back into existence for another moment, just in time to show Jessica McDonald score her third goal in two weeks as she coolly knocked home a cross bobbled by WNY's keeper Lydia Williams.
The second half of the match was a much more back and forth affair, with the Thorns and Flash pushing forward in turns. The final minutes saw the Thorns send in corner kick after corner kick, only to have the final whistle blow with the score still knotted at 1-1.