This match was considered the most important for the Portland club in the regular season of NWSL Shield. Thorns entered the match with a mindset of taking a 5-point lead in the race of getting the shield. However, by 10-5-6 and 36 points, three early goals were coughed up by the Portland club which resulted in a catastrophic loss of 6-0 to North Carolina Courage by 11-4-4 and 37 points, here at Providence Park before 17000 fans. It is the most askew loss to the club of Portland.
Talking about Coach, Thorns’s coach Mark said that they were brilliant. Outstanding performance has been seen from them while the Portland club was at its worst. He said that this time we were on the opposite side of where we should be.
With this win, Courage finally managed to be on top of the NWSL list and also took a one-point lead in the contending of the shield. Also, this win put North Carolina in front-runners and the next will be their third consecutive win to get the NSWL Shield.
As the Portland club is just one point ahead of the Chicago Red Stars, their place on the second position is nowhere near secure as there are yet 3 matches to happen. The semifinal playoffs will be hosted by the top two teams of NWSL.
Hayley said that they are very much embarrassed by their performances and very strict training for a week is badly needed and they are looking forward to the next game.
In the 15th minute of the match, Courage caught the goalkeeper of Thorns flat-footed when Debihna, the midfielder, scored across from Dunn followed by a dummy by J McDonald. Thorn was unable to clear the shot that was fired by Dunn in the 21st minute.
Portland will host the next match at Providence Park after a weekend off on September 21.