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21 Sep 2014
22 Sep 2014
Morgan, Long score as first-place Thorns roll 2-0 at Chicago
LISLE, Ill. Ho-hum.
Another match, another win for the Portland Thorns FC.
Alex Morgan scored in the third minute, and Allie Long scored in the 35th minute as the Thorns beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on the road Sunday for the second time in the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.
The first-place Thorns improved to 4-0-1 (13 points), taking a season-high 15 shots and getting their second shuout, with Karina LeBlanc making four saves.
Morgan, one of the Thorns' star forwards, had a team season-high seven shots, including five of Portland's nine on goal. Her score came after a through pass by defender Nikki Marshall. Morgan's left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty box beat Chicago goalkeeper Erin McLeod.
Long finished a cross from fellow midfielder Nikki Washington, who leads Portland with two assists this season.
Thorns forward Christine Sinclair nearly scored a few minutes later with a screaming shot from inside the penalty box that hit the underside of the crossbar but was ruled not to have fully crossed the goal line.
Chicago fell to 0-3-2 (2 points) before the crowd announced as 1,329 at Benedictine Sports Complex.
The Thorns' next four games will be at home, with Sky Blue FC appearing at Jeld-Wen Field at 7 p.m. Thursday to kick off the string.
Sky Blue, which plays its home games in Piscataway, N.J., is second in the standings at 3-1-1 (10 points).