Thorns Kick Ass in Season Opener

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By Shaley Howard, PQ Monthly
Thorns team pic Photo credit: Lynn Morrow
On Saturday night, 13,386 Rosie-the-Riveter Thorn fans filled Providence Park to watch the Portland Thorns Football Club (PTFC) breeze past the Boston Breakers for a decisive 4-1 victory in their opening game of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Midfielder Sinead Farrelly scored the opening goal of the match at the 21-minute mark with a set corner kick from midfielder Allie Long. Then in the 38th minute, midfielder Mana Shim scored a second goal with an assist from midfielder Kendall Johnson. In the 63rd minute, Boston forward Stephanie McCaffrey scored the Breakers’ only goal of the match with a shot just inside the Thorns top right corner bringing the score to 2-1. In the second half, Midfielder Allie Long scored her first goal of 2 at the 71-minute mark. Just 45 seconds later, she scored again for the brace (or two goals in one match). This was the Thorns eighth brace in history. Also, with Saturday’s brace, Long is now tied for second place overall with forward Alex Morgan in career goals (14) and only one behind forward Christine Sinclair (15).
Thorns second pic Photo credit: Lynn Morrow
As usual the crowd at Providence Park continues to be the loudest and largest in the U.S. when it comes to supporting women’s soccer. The average attendance of 13,341 is three times higher than the next in the league. When asked about the atmosphere on the field and the crowd, Allie Long said via the PTFC:
“It was amazing. It’s something that I missed so much during the offseason. The fans are incredible. When we start to get tired, we hear them, and they definitely help us push through, and get us fired up when we need to get fired up. That’s kind of how the first goal happened, too. They were so riled up that the first goal didn’t happen you could feel the energy on the field, and it pushed us to get the second right away.â€
The Thorns’ next home game, against the Western New York Flash, is Saturday, April 18 at Providence Park. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. For additional information, visit