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Megan Rapinoe scores both goals as Seattle beats visiting Portland 2-0 on Saturday in National Women's Soccer League play

RapinoeMegan Rapinoe scored both goals Saturday as the Seattle Reign beat the Portland Thorns 2-0 in a National Women's Soccer League match at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

The result moves Seattle ahead of Portland into third place in the standings.

Portland has five wins, four losses and three draws for 18 points and fell into fifth place with the loss. Seattle is 5-2-5 for 20 points.

Rapinoe, the former University of Portland star, pounced on a mistake by Thorns defender Emily Sonnett to put the Reign up 1-0 in first-half stoppage time.

Her second goal came in the 81st minute when she chased down a forward pass and volleyed it into the net from 15 yards out on the left side of the penalty area.

Seattle, unbeaten in its last 13 home matches, took control of the match in the second half.

Portland's best scoring chance after halftime came when a ball deflected to Lindsey Horan five yards from goal. Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer reacted quickly to make the most difficult of her three saves in her 11th Reign career shutout.

Horan also made a dribbling run deep into the left side of the penalty area in the second half, but her cross along the turf went behind a couple of Thorns attackers.

Seattle lost midfielder Jessica Fishlock to a left knee injury in the 29th minute. Fishlock and Portland's Amandine Henry challenged in the air for a ball and Fishlock's left leg buckled as she landed.

Rapinoe's first goal came against the run of play as Portland was more on the attack late in the first half following the injury to Fishlock. Rapinoe seemed to surprise Sonnet, who took a soft touch on the ball back toward goalkeeper Adrianna Franch that Rapinoe was able to easily finish.

Hayley Raso made several dangerous runs up the right wing in the first half and Christine Sinclair saw a 25-yard shot slip just wide of the right post.

But Portland's attacking opportunities dwindled in the second half as Seattle's pressure on the ball consistently disrupted thorns attempts to string together more than a couple passes.

Seattle had several good chances to add to its lead before Rapinoe took any mystery out of the result with her second goal, a fantastic shot on the run after beating Sonnett to a long forward pass from Christine Nairn.

The Thorns are on the road against next Saturday, visiting Houston. They return home on July 15 to face league-leading North Carolina in the first of three consecutive matches at Providence Park.

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