Portland Thorns FC wasunable to score for a third-straight match as they fell 3-0 to Seattle Reign FC in front of 6,303 fans at Memorial Stadium Sunday night. With the result, Portland has conceded eight goals and scored zero in their last two visits to Seattle. In the last four meetings between the Cascadia rivals, Seattle has scored nine, while Portland has scored just once.
Jessica Fishlock scored the opener in the 37th minute after being released through the middle by Kim Little. With just Nadine Angerer to beat, Fishlock lifted the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper inside the left post. While Seattle took the 1-0 lead into halftime, it took just 30 seconds for the Reign to double their lead at the beginning of the second half. Little again was the provider, crossing the ball to Beverly Yanez, who cut in front of Kendall Johnson and headed the ball into the net. Yanez would score her second of the match in the 50th minute. Megan Rapinoe had time and space to slot a low ball across the face of goal, giving Yanez an easy tap-in at the far post to secure the three points.
Portland started the match pressing high offensively, with Allie Long, Christine Sinclair and Mana Shim harrowing the Reign defenders. The Thorns were able to dispossess Seattle in dangerous positions, though unable to capitalize. Ayo Anonma came closest to scoring for the Thorns, though it didn't come until stoppage time of the second half. Despite putting the ball into the net, the play was ultimately called back for offside as the Thorns slumped to their third-straight game without a goal.
Nadine Angerer made her return to the starting lineup after playing for Germany at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Jodie Taylor was on the bench though did not feature in the match. Defender Stephanie Catley was forced off the field just before halftime with what appeared to be a leg injury, while Shim was a last minute replacement before kickoff for Sinead Farrelly, who missed her first game after being the only Thorn to play every minute of the season so far.
The Thorns have now lost three-straight have won just once in 11 matches. With seven games left in the regular season, the team still sits five points off fourth place FC Kansas City.
Portland faces another quick turnaround, heading to Rochester to face the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, July 29.
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