Thorns come back to tie Breakers
Nadia Nadim scored two second-half goals Friday to pull the Portland Thorns into a 2-2 draw with the host Boston Breakers.
It was the third draw in six National Women's Soccer League matches for the Thorns (2-1-3, 9 points). The Breakers are 2-2-2 with 8 points. Pending the rest of Week 6 games on Saturday and Sunday, Portland sits second and Boston third in the NWSL standings.
A crowd of 3,321 attended the match at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard University.
Boston built a 2-0 lead as Natasha Dowie scored with a header in the 38th minute, then set up a finish by Rosie White in the 48th minute.
In a back-and-forth match that saw chances at both ends, Nadim came through to get Portland even.
First she converted her third penalty kick goal of the season in the 57th minute, driving her shot into the left-side netting. Lindsey Horan earned the penalty kick when she dribbled into the penalty area and took a shot that hit the outstretched arm of a Boston defender.
The tying goal came from Nadim in the 83rd minute. Hayley Raso made a strong run with the ball, entering the penalty area and sliding a pass to her right that Nadim deposited inside the post.
Portland played without midfielder Allie Long, who was in uniform on the bench.
Each goalkeeper was credited with two saves. Breakers keeper Abby Smith came up with a big stop in the 74th minute, blocking a hard shot from Horan then leaping to grab the rebound.
Boston and Portland meet again next weekend, with the Breakers visiting Providence Park for a 7 p.m. contest on May 27.