Thorns Call Up Four Amateur Players

Stacey Neve - Stumptown Footy

The Portland Thorns have called up four amateur players for this weekend's match against the Washington Spirit.

Michelle Cruz, Carlie Davis, Cris Lewis and Hanna Terry have been added to the roster as roster relief after Americans Tobin Heath, Allie Long, Alex Morgan, and Rachel Van Hollebeke, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, and German captain Nadine Angerer were all called into their respective national teams.

All four players have been training with the Thorns since preseason.

Lewis will also travel with the Thorns for their match against the Spirit on June 21, as Nadine Angerer serves her Red Card suspension.

Cruz, 22, was a four-year starter for the University of Portland, helping to lead the Pilots to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years and graduated this Spring.  A defender, she currently plays for Westside Timbers of the WPSL.

Davis,25,  was a three-year starter at Baylor University, including one of the best seasons in program history in 2012 and graduated in 2013, A defender, she currently plays for  Westside Timbers of the WPSL.

Lewis, 26, was four-year starter and record-setting goalkeeper for Portland State University, graduating in 2010, and previously was the starting goalkeeper for the now-defunct Portland Rain.  She currently coaches and plays for Tualatin Hills United SC (THUSC) Diamonds of the WPSL.  Lewis has make one previous start with the Thorns, a 2-0 loss to Chicago in June 2013.

Terry, 23, was a four-year starter at Northeastern University, graduating this Springs.  A forward, she currently plays for Westside Timbers of the WPSL and has aspirations of eventually playing for the Swedish National Team, according to her bio on GoNU.com.

Of the players called up, Lewis seems the most likely to make an appearance, if necessary.  The Thorns will have 14 players available from their full active roster, with defender Kat Tarr unavailable as she recovers from a knee procedure.

Four of the five called up internationals, plus midfielder Tobin Heath, are expected to join the Thorns for the June 21 match, with only Angerer unavailable.  However, Heath, Long, Morgan, and Van Hollebeke will all be returning on two days rest, while Sinclair will return on three days rest and the Thorns have a match in June 25 against Sky Blue back in Portland, so Riley will need to be careful watching how many minutes these returning players play.

The Thorns Press Release is below-
THORNS FC CALL UP FOUR AMATEUR PLAYERS FOR MATCH AGAINST WASHINGTON SPIRIT
Cruz, Davis, Lewis, Terry added to roster for Sunday’s match
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC announced today that defenders Michelle Cruz and Carlie Davis, goalkeeper Cris Lewis and forward Hanna Terry have been added to the roster as amateur players for Sunday’s match against the Washington Spirit at Providence Park; kickoff is 2 p.m. (Pacific).

Classified as amateur players, the four additions will provide Thorns FC with roster depth on Sunday as Portland will be missing five players to international duty.

Cruz, 22, helped guide the University of Portland to the NCAA Tournament during each of her four seasons (2010-13). In that span, Cruz played in 76 games, recording nine goals and 11 assists. As a junior in 2012, Cruz started all 21 games for the Pilots and earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West region honors as well as All-West Coast Conference (WCC) second-team accolades.

Davis, 23, started all 25 games during her senior season in 2012, helping Baylor to one of the best seasons in school history. A key defender for the Bears, Davis was part of a 2012 squad that set the school record for most wins (19), shutouts in a season (13), fewest goals allowed (14), shots allowed (173), assists allowed (9) and points allowed (37). Baylor reached the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling in penalty kicks to eventual-champion North Carolina.

Lewis, 26, a former standout goalkeeper at Portland State University, claimed multiple program records for the Vikings. The Burien, Wash., native holds the program’s all-time career records in saves (375), shutouts (17) and wins (24) following a four-year career from 2006-09. Lewis, a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, was named the conference’s defensive MVP as a senior in 2009. She appeared in one match for Thorns FC as an amateur player in 2013 against Chicago.

Terry, 23, was a three-year starter at Northeastern University (2011-13) and helped lead the Huskies to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2013 as well as a Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) title. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Championships scoring two goals and tallying an assist. A two-time first-team All-CAA selection, Terry finished her career with seven goals and 14 assists, ranking her fourth all-time in assists.

Michelle Cruz
Position: Defender

Number: 29

Height: 5-6

Born: May 14, 1992, in Long Beach, Calif.

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

College: University of Portland

Carlie Davis
Position: Defender

Number: 27

Height: 5-3

Born: Feb. 27, 1991 in Dallas, Texas

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

College: Baylor University


Cris Lewis

Position: Goalkeeper

Number: 26

Height: 5-5

Born: May 10, 1988, in Burien, Wash.

Hometown: Burien, Wash.

College: Portland State University


Hanna Terry
Position: Forward

Number: 28

Height: 5-5

Born: Nov. 29, 1990, Santa Monica, Calif.

Hometown: Park City, Utah

College: Northeastern University
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