PORTLAND, Ore. (June 25, 2014) – Sky Blue FC (3-6-6, 15 pts) earned its third win of the season after defeating Portland Thorns FC (6-5-2, 20 pts) 2-1 on a rainy Wednesday night at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. With the win, SBFC moves up to seventh place in the rankings while the Thorns remain in fourth.
Portland had a few scoring chances early in the match, but Sky Blue FC would get on the board first in the 8th minute. In the middle of the field, SBFC defender Kelley O’Hara poked the ball away from Portland midfielder Allie Long and it landed right in front of Freels. Freels took a touch forward, picked her head up to see Thorns keeper Nadine Angerer way off her line, and took a second touch before chipping the ball from distance. Freels’ shot floated over Angerer into the upper right corner of the net for her fifth goal of the season.
Goaltender Brittany Cameron got the starting nod for Sky Blue FC, and her aggressive play would prove to cause problems for the Thorns in the first half. On several occasions, Cameron came outside the box to clear the ball away before PTFC forward Alex Morgan could get a look at goal.
However, in the 45th minute, Portland midfielder Veronica Boquete slipped a ball into the right side of the box for Morgan. Morgan one-timed her shot on frame but Cameron was in great position to make the save and quickly recover the rebound.
Sky Blue FC would take a 1-0 lead into the locker room, but the Thorns would earn the first tally of the second half. In the 54th minute, a quick throw-in left Boquete wide open in the box. She slotted a one-time ball from the left side into the middle for forward Christine Sinclair to shoot past Cameron for the equalizer.
Sky Blue FC would prove the squad was not ready to settle for another draw. In the 63rd minute, a foul committed by PTFC defender Rachel Van Hollebeke led to a free kick for the NJ club. Defender Christie Rampone played a beautiful ball into the center of the box that brushed off the shoulder of forward Jonelle Filigno. Cutshall was right behind her and headed the ball past Angerer to take back the lead. The goal marked Cutshall’s second score in three games.
Both teams created several more scoring chances throughout the remainder of the game, but big saves by Cameron and Angerer would prevent either side from converting again.
The Thorns outshot Sky Blue FC 18-7 and had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Cameron recorded 5 saves in the match.
Sky Blue FC continues its west coast trip on Saturday, June 28, when the NJ club takes on the unbeaten Seattle Reign FC at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
SBFC returns home to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. on July 2 to host the Houston Dash. Purchase tickets at tickets.skybluefc.com.
Portland Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC
June 25, 2014 – Providence Park
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SBFC – Freels 8’
PTFC – Sinclair (Boquete) 54’
SBFC – Cutshall (Filigno) 65’
PTFC – Angerer; Menges, Marshall, Van Hollebeke Huffman (Catley 55); Moros (Kerr 55), Farrelly (McDonald 69), Boquete, Long; Sinclair, Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: Betos, Brooks, Acevedo, Niemiec
SBFC – Cameron; Johnson, Cutshall (Goodson 69), Rampone, Foord; Kiryu (Hayes 68), Schmidt, Freels, Levin; O’Hara, Filigno (Stanton 77)
Substitutes Not Used: Loyden, Thompson, Morris
SBFC – Foord (Yellow) 46’
SBFC – Freels (Yellow) 75’
PTFC – Van Hollebeke (Yellow) 76’
Referee: Bernard Hosu
Assistant Referees: Apolinar Mariscal, Ronald Lagraff
Fourth Official: Lucas Brooks