The Thorns made some history on this road trip with their 2-2 draw against the Boston Breakers this weekend. For the first time in team-history, they had three straight draws. While some might not be thrilled with the result, mainly due to high expectations from the 2016 campaign, it’s actually a pretty solid result.
The injury bug is still impacting the Thorns, with Allie Long being the most addition. While she was listed as questionable for this one, she neither started nor got on the pitch. With Tobin Heath being the biggest name still absent, this did not bode well for the Midfield.
Their absence was felt early in this one as Boston came out strong, especially in the opening ten minutes. While the Thorns ended the first half with 53% possession, they were down 1-0, but lucky considering the onslaught they endured. The second half didn’t start out quite how they wanted either.
Just three minutes in, Boston’s Rosie White gave the home side a 2-0 lead, and it appeared as though this one might get away from the Thorns. Although, as they’ve done so often in the last three games, and in this injury-plagued season, they did not lose their composure.
Amandine Henry and Lindsey Horan stepped up to fill in the gaps, with Horan forcing a handball in the box in the 57th minute. Nadia Nadim took her Penalty Kick record to a perfect 8-for-8, and the Thorns were off and running.
The Breakers have been a tale of two teams so to speak, as they play much better at home. They locked down their own half, and looked to be walking away with three points late in this one. However, Portland’s resident Australian Forward, Hayley Raso wasn’t having any of that.
As Raso ran up the left side, breaking toward the box, Nadim slipped in toward the middle and was in a great position to receive the pass through a couple Boston Defenders. Nadim slotted home her second goal of the game, and 25th NWSL regular season goal.
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) 20 May 2017
While three draws in a row is not really something to celebrate, I would argue the way they went about securing these is commendable at least. Twice they’ve come back (this game, and Seattle), and once surviving serious pressure (Kansas City). All things considered this three-game stretch could have gone much worse.
These two teams face off again this coming Saturday, May 27th but this time in the friendly confines of Providence Park.