Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Portland Thorns FC (4-3-1, 13 points) earned a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit at Providence Park with goals from Sam Coffey and Christine Sinclair. 

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For the third straight game the Thorns found the back of the net inside the first quarter hour, with Sam Coffey giving Portland the early lead with her fourth-minute goal, good for her second score of the season, assisted by Hina Sugita. 

In the 22nd minute Christine Sinclair doubled the team’s lead, running onto a headed ball from Isabella Obaze before toe-touching the ball underneath the legs of Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury and into the back of the net.

In the 72nd minute it appeared as if second-half substitute Ana Dias had scored the Thorns’ third goal of the night, but she was determined to be offside, negating the goal.

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With four minutes left in the match, the Washington Spirit were able to put one into the back of the net with a header from Lena Silano to cut the deficit in half.

The win marks the third such result in eight days for the Thorns, earning all nine possible points through the three matches, outscoring their opponents 7-3.

Washington Spirit moved to the fourth position with 13 points after eight games while Washibgton Spirit sits in the third place with 15 points.


 Gotham FC earned the club’s first home win of the season and continued its four-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory over the North Carolina Courage at Red Bull Arena.

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In the 11th minute, the third time was the charm for Lynn Williams, as Gotham FC converted to score on its third chance on goal. Williams had an open look off a missed clearance from the Courage back line and finished in the top right corner to give Gotham FC the 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season.

Williams’ goal was the game-winner and also marked the 300th goal in all competitions in Gotham FC history.

Gotham FC next travels for two games on the road. On Wednesday, May 8, the team travels to Texas to take on the Houston Dash.

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