Quick Recap: After a dominant performance in the first half, which resulted in a Jasmyne Spencer goal and would have been many more if not for a fantastic performance by Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, Seattle Reign FC heads back to Seattle with a 2-1 loss. Portland equalized just before halftime on a Tobin Heath goal, and Lindsey Horan gave them a second in the 76th minute. Reign FC couldn’t recover, and will unfortunately be watching the NWSL Championship from afar after a fun, quality season.
Seattle Reign FC returns to Providence Park on Saturday to face the Portland Thorns in an NWSL Playoff semifinal match. The winner returns to Portland a week later for the big prize, the NWSL Championship. The Saturday afternoon game kicks off at 12 PM PT and will air on Lifetime.
After the Seattle Storm earned their third WNBA Title on Wednesday, Seattle Reign FC has a chance to follow in their footsteps and make a name for women’s sports in Seattle. Getting one step closer against their rivals, in enemy territory, would be icing on the cake.
Standing in their way is MVP candidate Lindsey Horan, who scored two goals against Seattle last weekend, along with a whole host of characters — Tobin Heath, Christine Sinclair, Adrianna Franch, Caitlin Foord, and the entire Thorns backline.
It’s the NWSL semifinal. It’s a rivalry match — in front of more than 20,000 fans. It’s going to be a great show.
OUT: Meg Morris (left hip pain – SEI), Hayley Raso (L2-L4 transverse process fracture), Katherine Reynolds (right knee MCL repair)
OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness – SEI), Kiersten Dallstream (right knee sprain – SEI), Kristen McNabb (right knee strain); QUESTIONABLE: Allie Long (right knee sprain), Megan Rapinoe (rib soreness)
Available substitutes today are Addo, Andrews, Betos, Kawasumi, Leon, Westphal, and Yanez. pic.twitter.com/hZo5XNVBWT— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) September 15, 2018
Our Starting XI. #PORvSEA #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/0xFesYc40x— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) September 15, 2018
First Half Highlights
18’ - What a series of stops by Lydia Williams!
.@ThornsFC with a number of chances, but @lydsaussie keeps things scoreless.#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/giyOCxcuKT— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
28’ - Goal, Seattle! Great shot by Megan Rapinoe, an even better reaction by Jasmyne Spencer.
Seattle scores first! @Jas_it_Up with the goal and @ReignFC are up 1-0 at Providence Park.#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cwHkgI7o3o— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
32’ - What a shot by Jodie Taylor! What a save by Adrianna Franch!
The shot by @Jodes_14. The save by @ADizzle23.— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
"Are you kidding me with this?" @alywagner #PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/MLZ9i1ZVvy
37’ - Franch with another incredible save.
Another stop from Franch.#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/CvixiNpXam— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
43’ - Shoot, Tobin Heath evens it up just before half. Great work by Horan to get her the ball.
And we're tied! @TobinHeath scores and it's loud at Providence Park.#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/gUDXNDTYKX— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
Second Half Highlights
69’ - Goal, Portland? I guess not. It’s called back for offside.
.@ThornsFC score, but it's disallowed. 20 minutes to go in regulation.#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Kr3qKVzVWp— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
76’ - Ugh, goal, Lindsey Horan.
That one counts. @ThornsFC up 2-1 with a goal from @Lindseyhoran11!— NWSL (@NWSL) September 15, 2018
#PORvSEA | #NWSL | #NWSLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/gq1GcjNHGy
How to Watch
Date/Time: Saturday, September 15 @ 12:00 PM PT
Location: Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
TV: Lifetime (Atlantic Crossing will also be airing the game)
Streaming: MyLifetime.com, NWSLSoccer.com (International)
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