Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Thorns save best for last
by Paul Kennedy, September 1st, 2013 2:33AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  canada, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[NWSL: Final] Following the initial allocation of U.S., Canadian and Mexican national team stars, some were ready to hand the inaugural NWSL title to the Portland Thorns FC. But it didn't prove to be as easy as that as the Thorns struggled through much of the summer and star Alex Morgan was injured before they came back to win the NWSL championship with a 2-0 win at the Western New York Flash despite finishing with 10 players.

Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair, two of the star players allocated to Portland, scored the goals to the disappointment of the 9,129 fans on hand at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.

Heath, who had missed the start of the season as she was playing in France for Paris St. Germain, put the Thorns ahead in the 40th minute when she scored on a free kick from 25 yards.

Heath Goal:


Thorns FC played the final 34 minutes with 10 players after rookie defender Kathryn Williamson was ejected following her second yellow card of the match.

Despite the loss of Williamson, Portland held off the Flash, which finished with an 18-9 edge in shots. Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, another of Portland's allocated players, made seven saves to earn the shutout.

Heath, who was hobbled with a foot injury, came off in the 63rd minute, but eight minutes after that Morgan came on for Danielle Foxhoven and made her first appearance for the Thorns since Aug. 7.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Morgan put Christine Sinclair and the Canadian star slotted the ball past Western New York goalkeeper Adrianna Franch for the insurance goal.

Sinclair Goal:



Portland had started 8-2-1 but went only 3-4-4 over the second half of the season and finished in the three-way tie for first place with the Flash and FC Kansas City and was the No. 3 seed based on goal difference.

The loss ended the Flash's eight-game unbeaten streak and its quest for titles in four different leagues over the last four seasons.

Aug. 31 in Rochester, N.Y.
Western New York 0 Portland 2. Goal: Heath 40, Sinclair (Morgan), 90+2.
Western NY -- Franch, Taylor, Johnson, Barczuk (Zerboni, 55), Huffman (DiMartino, 72), Salem, Lloyd, Reynolds, Martin, Wambach, Kerr (Robinson, 84).
Portland -- LeBlanc, Dougherty, Williamson, Buehler, Marshall, Kerr (Wetzel, 80), Long, Shim, Heath (Ellertson, 63), Foxhoven (Morgan, 71), Sinclair.
Yellow Cards: Western NY -- Johnson 32, Martin 74; Portland -- Williamson 32, Williamson 56, Long 89, Ellertson 90.
Red Card: Portland -- Williamson 56.
Referee: Kari Seitz.
Att.: 9,129.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Reign players reward Harvey with turnaround    
[NWSL: Final] Englishwoman Laura Harvey was an easy choice for NWSL Coach of the Year, taking ...
What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe    
"Hopefully, we'll have some kind of home-field advantage, which will help. They played in something like ...
Charleston clinches playoff berth, Rhinos move closer    
[USL PRO: Week 24] The Charleston Battery became the fifth team to clinch a USL PRO ...
Strikers and Rowdies pick up important wins    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' 2-0 win at first-place San Antonio on Friday ...
Saturday surprises jumble Eastern Conference playoff look    
[MLS: Saturday] Perhaps Houston's contentious and surprising win in Kansas City Friday carried over to Saturday's ...
Hamburg -- der Dinosaurier -- turns to Julian Green for help    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is set to join Hamburg on loan from Bayern Munich in a ...
What They're Saying: Louis Van Gaal    
"The progress is there, but you have to win, a club like Manchester United have to ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
Howard's Everton pummeled by Chelsea    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Tim Howard endured one of his longest afternoons with Everton as the Toffees fell ...
Prague-bound Garza and Corona get starts    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Joe Corona and Greg Garza, who will join the USA for its match at ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives