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Portland Thorns Fall in Heartbreaker, Lose 1-0 to Boston Breakers

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Boston tallies game-winner in dying seconds, hand Thorns first loss of 2015

Alllie Long is closed down as she goes to goal against the Boston Breakers
Alllie Long is closed down as she goes to goal against the Boston Breakers
Jeremiah Braeback

On a windy Saturday at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, the Portland Thorns gave up a late goal in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Breakers. The Thorns have now lost four-straight trips to Boston and lose their first game of the 2015 season.

In the final minute of stoppage-time, Breakers forward Kristie Mewis was able to chip goalkeeper Michelle Betos for the game winner after Betos was forced to head a ball clear at the edge of her box. The ball fell to Mewis for the lofted shot over a recovering Betos to score with essentially the last kick of the game.

Portland’s offense was led by first-time starter Ayo Añonma, who lead Portland with three shots on goal, but the Thorns were unable to add to the four goals they scored against Boston on April 11 in the season-opener. Portland looked to break the Breakers’ defense with speed, but was often caught offside as the team was held scoreless for the first time this season. The Thorns held a 3-2 shots on target advantage and had five corner kicks to the Breakers' four.

With her 47th start, Long became the Thorns' all-time career leader. Midfielder Kate Bennett made her NWSL and Thorns debut as a starter, but was replaced by midfielder Taylor Comeau at halftime.

Portland next faces off against the Houston Dash on Saturday, May 23.