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SATURDAY NWSL RECAP/Christine Sinclair scores two as Portland nets 3-2 road win; Horan also scores for Thorns

Christine Sinclair scored twice and the Portland Thorns earned their first win of the National Women's Soccer League season on Saturday, beating the host Chicago Red Stars, 3-2.

Lindsey Horan scored in the ninth minute from a corner kick to give the Thorns a lead.

Alyssa Mautz scored twice for Chicago.

In the 31st minute, Mautz tied the game after Chicago forced a turnover near the top of the 18-yard box and the ball found her in space. Her low shot from the right side of the penalty area deflected off of the block attempt of a Thorns defender and into the net.

Sinclair put Portland in front just before halftime as Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher tried to clear away the ball near the top of the box only to see Sinclair win the challenge and calmly put the ball into the empty net.

Sinclair made the score 3-1 in the 65th minute after a Red Stars hand ball resulted in a penalty kick that Sinclair drove low inside the left post.

But Chicago came right back, pulling within 3-2 on Mautz second goal in the 67th minute. Portland defender Katherine Reynolds slipped on the play, and Mautz converted a pass from Sophia Huerta.

Huerta almost tied the score in stoppage time with a shot from distance that looped off the top of the crossbar.

Rich Gunney served as bench coach for the Thorns. Mark Parsons served the first of a two-game suspension that was assessed for his interactions with a game official after last week's loss at North Carolina.

Parsons will also not be allowed on the bench for the Thorns' next match, their April 15 home opener against Orlando.

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