Closing out their preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz., the Portland Thorns cruised to a 6-0 win over the University of Arizona Saturday night at the Kino Sports Complex. Trialists scored four of Portland's goals with forward Taylor Cormeau registering a brace, while forward Kelsey Haycook struck for a third consecutive match. Three goals in each half led the way for the Thorns as the team finished the preseason without allowing a goal.
Forward Jodie Taylor provided the opener in the 25th minute with a clever back-heel to redirect a shot from midfielder McCall Zerboni. Taylor has scored two games in a row now, following her first Thorns goal against FC Tucson Women Wednesday night in a 2-0 win.
Midfielder Allie Long doubled Portland’s lead just four minutes later, collecting a long pass from midfielder Sinead Farrelly and slipping a shot past the keeper. Long then played a part in giving the Thorns a 3-0 lead before halftime. Her shot in the 40th minute was deflected around the box before Haycook pounced for a third time in three games to score.
At the hour mark, Portland made eight subs, two of which would extend the Thorns’ advantage. Comeau made it 4-0 in the 76th minute with a long-distance strike for her first Thorns goal and then won a header off a corner kick for her second in the 80th minute.
Two trialists would connect to finish the scoring in the 89th minute as midfielder Kate Bennett fed forward Kelley Monogue, who created some space past a defender and struck a shot into the lower left corner to seal the 6-0 win.
Arizona managed just one shot, while the Thorns took 32 shots with 17 on target and earned 14 corner kicks. Portland has allowed just four shots in their three preseason matches and only one on target, conceding no goals and scoring 12.
Thorns FC will now return to Portland ahead of the 2015 NWSL season opener at home against the Boston Breakers on Saturday, April 11.