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Thorns are headed back to the finals

Portland, OR – Saturday, September 15, 2018: Portland Thorns FC’s Adrianna Franch celebrates the semi-final win. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

The Portland Thorns will be playing, for the second year in a row, in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship on September 22.

In an exciting 2-1 game win over Seattle Reign, this will be the defending champions’ third trip to the final game.

The first 30 minutes of the game was back and forth, with multiple close chances for both teams.
It wasn’t until the 29th minute of play that Jasmyne Spencer scored the first goal of the game and her second of the season for the Reign.

Minutes later Jodie Taylor got another good shot on net but couldn’t get her volley around Adrianna Franch. For another half an hour it went back and forth.

“We exploited some weaknesses and managed to create a lot of chances,” Taylor told NWSL reporters, “but AD’s [Adrianna Franch] such a good goalkeeper. … I had two really great chances that I hit well, but not good enough to beat AD.”

Finally, in the 43rd minute Tobin Heath scored the equalizer for the Thorns, with assistance from Lindsey Horan.

There was a second goal in the mid moments of the second half but Heath was flagged offside and it didn’t count.

Horan scored with a header in the 77th minute of play to put the Thorns in the lead. Christine Sinclair sent the ball sent the ball into the Reign’s box for Horan to redirect into the net.

Shortly after the lead was taken from them, Seattle used all their substitutes. The match ended with a 2-1 win for the Thorns.

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