Thorns FC Extend Unbeaten Streak to Seven Games with 2-2 Road Draw against Ol Reign

July 10, 2022 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Portland Thorns FC News Release

SEATTLE, Wash. – Portland Thorns FC earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw on the road against Cascadia rival OL Reign, extending their unbeaten streak to seven matches as they claimed a point at Lumen Field on Sunday afternoon. Portland grabbed a second-half lead through Hina Sugita’s third goal of the season, but OL Reign rallied in the final 10 minutes to even the match.

Thorns Form

Thorns FC extended their unbeaten run to seven matches, posting a record of 3-0-4 since May 28, 2022. In that stretch of games, Portland has outscored its opponent 20-7, and has registered three shutout wins. Nine different players have scored for Portland in its last seven matches (Sophia Smith, Christine Sinclair, Sugita, Kelli Hubly, Olivia Moultrie, Becky Sauerbrunn, Natalia Kuikka, Taylor Porter, Yazmeen Ryan), while seven of them recorded their first NWSL regular season goal with Portland (Sugita, Hubly, Moultrie, Sauerbrunn, Kuikka, Porter, Ryan).

Road Warriors

Dating back to the end of the 2021 season, Thorns FC are unbeaten in their last seven regular-season road matches with a record of 2-0-5. Portland is the only team in the NWSL that has not suffered a road loss in 2022, collecting seven points (1-0-4) in five road matches. Notably, Thorns FC have scored multiple goals in four of their five road matches this campaign.

Goal-Scoring Plays

POR – Own goal (Phoebe McClernon), 12th minute: Madison Pogarch drove up the left wing with the ball and sent a cross into a mix of players near the six-yard box. After a failed clearance attempt, Phoebe McClernon knocked the ball into her own goal.

OLR – Olivia Athens, 13th minute: Olivia Athens forced a turnover in Portland’s defensive third, took a touch into the box and slotted a shot inside of the near post.

POR – Hina Sugita (Meghan Klingenberg), 60th minute: From just outside of the 18-yard box, Meghan Klingenberg served a cross toward the back post. Hina Sugita jumped on the end of it, slipping it just past OL Reign goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce.

OLR – Bethany Balcer (Veronica Latsko), 81st minute: Veronica Latsko dribbled down the left side of the field and played a cross into the center for the box for Bethany Balcer, who fired a header into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box.


Portland is unbeaten in its last seven matches overall with a record of 3-0-4.

Thorns FC remain unbeaten on the road in 2022 with a record of 1-0-4 in 2022.

Portland has scored multiple goals in three of its five road matches this season.

Thorns FC are the only team in the NWSL not to suffer a road loss in 2022 and has not been shutout in any of those matches.

Dating back to 2021, Portland is unbeaten in its last seven regular season road matches (2-0-5).

Thorns FC have scored in six straight matches.

Hina Sugita recorded her third goal of the season.

Meghan Klingenberg tallied her second assist of the season.

Klingenberg is the fifth player to record multiple assists in 2022. Thorns FC have the most players with multiple assists in the league.

Klingenberg has tallied multiple assists in five straight assists for Portland, and in six of her eight seasons in NWSL.

Kelli Hubly and Sam Coffey both started their 11th straight match. Coffey and Hubly are the only two players to start every match.

Hina Sugita appeared in her 11th match. She joins Coffey and Hubly as one of three players to appear in every match this season.

Sophie French made her NWSL debut, entering the match in second-half stoppage time.

Next Game

Portland returns to Providence Park to play host to NJ/NY Gotham FC on Saturday, July 16; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) with a stream available on Paramount+.

Portland Thorns FC (4-1-6, 18pts) vs. OL Reign (4-2-5, 17pts)

July 10, 2022 – Lumen Field (Seattle, Wash.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Thorns FC 1 1 2

OL Reign 1 1 2

Scoring Summary:

POR: McClernon (own goal), 12

RGN: Athens, 13

POR: Sugita (Klingenberg), 60

RGN: Balcer, 81

Misconduct Summary:

RGN: Fishlock (caution), 87


POR: GK Bixby, D Hubly, D Klingenberg ©, D Pogarch, D Nally (Provenzano, 73), M Ryan (Beckman, 73), M Coffey, M Moultrie, M Sugita, F Everett (Porter, 81), F Weaver (Betfort, 73, French, 90+6)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Hogan, GK A. Smith, D Shorts, M Byrne

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Weaver, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 9 (Ryan, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2

RGN: GK Tullis-Joyce, D Barnes ©, D Hiatt, D McClernon, D Miramontez, M Athens (Watt, 63), M Canales (Latsko, 64), M Van der Jagt, M Little, M Fishlock, F Balcer

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivory, D Malonson, D Reed, F Brown, F Heath

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fishlock, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Balcer, 2); FOULS: 3 (Three players tied, 1); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3

Referee: Mark Allatin

Assistant Referees: Katarzyna Wasiak, Baboucarr Jallow

Fourth Official: Kelsey Harms

Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees

Attendance: 9,032

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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