SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Portland Thorns FC found two away goals from Sophia Smith and Christine Sinclair in southern California and fought to a 2-2 draw against San Diego Wave FC at Torero Stadium on Wednesday night.
While San Diego’s Taylor Kornieck finished with a second half brace, the moment of the night belonged to Thorns captain Sinclair, who took sole possession of second place in all-time goals in the NWSL, scoring her 58th career goal in her 150th career NWSL match.
5′ – SAVE (POR) – With Kornieck played in by a long ball over the top, Bella Bixby stood her ground and comfortably corralled the forward’s attempt.
23′ – GOAL (POR) – The Thorns struck first in San Diego as Sophia Smith beat Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan from the penalty spot. Rocky Rodriguez won Portland the penalty kick after being clipped by Kristen McNabb when attempting to cut the ball back in the box. Smith’s converted penalty came on the Thorns’ first attempt from the spot this season.
46′ – GOAL (POR) – Wasting no time, Sinclair put the Thorns up by two goals less than a minute into the second half. Sam Coffey set the goal up, chipping the ball into Sinclair between defenders and the Canadian did the rest, chesting the ball down and firing it past Sheridan. The goal was also Coffey’s first-ever NWSL assist.
51′ – CHANCE (POR) – Shortly after Sinclair’s goal, Janine Beckie put another dangerous shot on frame that forced an acrobatic save from Sheridan.
65′ – SAVE (POR) – With a threatening ball bouncing in the box, Bixby quickly got down to save Alex Morgan’s attempt from close range.
74′ – SAVES (POR) – Bixby needed to make two saves in quick succession to keep the Wave off the board with just 15 minutes to play. She first threw herself at the ball to make a save on Kornieck’s effort from close range and followed it up with a kick save on Morgan’s follow-up effort.
81′ – GOAL (SD) – Kornieck opened the scoring for San Diego, getting her foot to the ball loose in the box and stabbing it into the roof of the net.
82′ – SAVE (POR) – Called into action once again, Bixby showcased her athleticism to keep San Diego from scoring twice in quick succession. The keeper uses her left hand to claw Morgan’s precise header away from the top left corner.
88′ – GOAL (SD) – Pouring on pressure, the Wave found the equalizing goal with just minutes left to play. Wave defender Christen Westphal served the ball in from the right side of the box that found the head of a leaping Kornieck, who headed the ball past a helpless Bixby.
The Thorns’ two-game road swing continues in Houston on Sunday where Portland looks to avenge its last defeat, a 2-0 loss against the Dash on May. 21. (4pm PT, FOX 12 PLUS/Paramount+)
Portland Thorns FC (2-1-4, 10pts) vs. San Diego Wave FC (4-2-2, 14pts)
June 8, 2022 – Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)
POR: S. Smith (penalty kick), 23
POR: Sinclair (Sam Coffey), 46
SD: Kornieck (Westphal), 88
POR: Rodriguez (caution), 70
POR: Pogarch (caution), 85
POR: GK Bixby, D Hubly, D Nally, D Sauerbrunn, M Beckie, M Coffey, M Kuikka, M Rodriguez (Moultrie, 78), M Sugita, F S. Smith (Betfort, 90+1), F Sinclair (Pogarch, 65)
Substitutes Not Used: GK A. Smith, D Provenzano, M Porter, M Beckman, F Weaver
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (S. Smith, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (S. Smith, 2); FOULS: 8 (Rodriguez, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4
SD: GK Sheridan, D McNabb, D Girma, D Riehl, D Westphal, M Briede (Doniak, 76), M van Egmond, M Turnbow (Taylor, 55), M Kornieck, F Jakobsson (Ali, 76), F Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: GK, Telford, D McGrady, D Bruster, D Gyau, M Pulver, F Schimmer
TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Morgan, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Kornieck, 3); FOULS: 7 (McNabb, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 2
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Eduardo Jeff
4th Official: Ricardo Fierro
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial