Jessica McDonald’s brace in the final ten minutes led the Thorns to a 3-1 victory over FC Kansas City, in front of 14,100 supporters at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
In what was a fiercely contested match, McDonald put Portland ahead for good in 84’ minute. Allie Long laid off a pass to an unmarked McDonald inside the box and the forward finished with a strike past a diving Barnhart. Four minutes later, McDonald chipped home a through ball from Meleana Shim over Barnhart to cement the win.
Throughout the match Kansas City had plenty of quality opportunities to score placing seven shots on goal, however Thorns keeper Nadine Angerer was consistently able to step up and made key saves.
Long scored a goal of her own after being awarded a penalty kick just before halftime. The midfielder stepped to the spot and calmly drove home her NWSL leading third goal of the season.
After Nikki Marshall took down Erika Tymrak inside the box, Lauren Holiday converted on the penalty to give FC Kansas City a 1-1 equalizer. The goal marked last year’s Golden Boot winner’s first of the season.
The loss marks FC Kansas City’s second of the season and sees the club’s poor start to 2014 continue as they remain winless.
Kansas City will look to bounce back Wednesday night when the take on Chicago at home. Meanwhile Thorns FC face Western New York next Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 NWSL Championship game.
POR – Long (1) — 44’
McDonald (1) — 84’
McDonald (2) — 88’
FCKC – Holiday (1) — 57′
FCKC: Barnhart; Robinson, Kallman, Sauerbrunn (c), Phillips ( Marlborough 89’), Buczkowski, Richmond, Tymrak, Mathias ( Frances Silva 79) ; Holiday (c), Rodriguez
POR: Angerer; Niemiec, Marshall, Menges, Moros (Sara Huffman 80′ ) ; Farrelly, Brooks (Katarina Tarr 83’ ), Kerr ( Meleana Shim 71’), Long; Sinclair (c), McDonald