Rhian played for her NWSL Portland Thorns team on Saturday evening at Providence Park. The game was close as midfielder Allie Long scored the game-winning goal, while goalkeeper Nadine Angerer registered a clean sheet as Portland Thorns FC earned a 1-0 victory against the Western New York Flash in front of 13,148 fans .
Thorns FC opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Midfielder Sinead Farrelly floated a cross into the box for Long, who settled in between two Western New York defenders with her back to the goal and flicked the ball into the back of the net. The assist was Farrelly’s first of her Thorns FC and NWSL career, while both Farrelly and Long registered a point for a second consecutive match.
Making her first start of the 2015 season, Angerer earned her third consecutive shutout at home in the regular season for Portland. She made two saves in the match, including a key stop in the 51st minute as she came off her line to knock away a point-blank attempt from Western New York rookie midfielder Sam Mewis in a crowded goal box. Rhian praisd the team, the facility and the fans as they made this a debut to remember.
Canada Women’s National Team forward Christine Sinclair, midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Rhian Wilkinson all made their first appearances for Thorns FC this season, entering the match as second-half substitutes. Wilkinson, wearing an unfamiliar #22, entered the match to begin the second half and quickly settled in. She made three good attacking runs down the right side and had to make a key defensive play as she cleared out a chipped shot inside the box from Mewis. Additionally, Thorns FC and England Women’s National Team forward Jodie Taylor earned her first start for Portland.
Thorns FC travel to Lisle, Ill., for their first road match of the 2015 regular season against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, April 25, at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex; kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be broadcast live via webstream at www.portlandthornsfc.com.
Portland Thorns FC (2-0-0, 6pts) vs. Western New York Flash (0-2-0, 0pts)