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Match Recap: Portland Thorns FC 0, Houston Dash 0

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Betos saves second half penalty, Thorns end three-match losing run with 0-0 draw with Houston Dash

Midfielder Mana Shim helped create dangerous chances for Portland Thorns FC, but the team could only take a point in a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dash Saturday night
Midfielder Mana Shim helped create dangerous chances for Portland Thorns FC, but the team could only take a point in a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dash Saturday night
Stacey Neve

Portland Thorns FC broke a three-match losing streak, but only came away with a point after a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dash (2-2-4, 10pts) Saturday night in front of 4,864 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. Playing their second-consecutive road game, the Thorns (2-3-3, 9pts) went into the match on a five-match winless streak, which is now stretched to six.

Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos helped secure the point for Portland with a penalty kick save in the 55th minute. After Dash midfielder Melissa Henderson was barged over by defender Emily Menges, Betos dove to her right to save the shot from Kealia Ohai and keep the game scoreless and earn her first clean sheet of the year. The save also marked the second time a Thorns goalkeeper has saved a Dash penalty on the road. Nadine Angerer made a save on May 14, 2014 to preserve a 1-0 win.

Portland had several opportunities to score, the best of which came in the first half when forward Ayo Añonma curled a shot just past the post and midfielder Allie Long forced a kick save from starting Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, who has now held Portland scoreless in back-to-back meetings.

The match is the first-ever draw between the two teams and the first match in five that hasn’t seen a goal. The scoreless draw was just the second in Thorns history. Portland remains unbeaten when visiting the Dash and has yet to concede a goal in Houston. The Thorns will now take part in a league-wide break for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that kicked off today with a 1-0 win for host Canada over China PR. Thorns forward Christine Sinclair tucked away a penalty in second half stoppage time to earn the victory. The Thorns next face off against FC Kansas City June 19 in the Rose City.