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Portland beats Orlando to make NWSL final

Portland beats Orlando to make NWSL final
From ESPN - October 7, 2017

Thorns advance to NWSL final, await Courage-Red Stars winner

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Thorns earned a spot in the National Women's Soccer League championship with a 4-1 victory over the Orlando Pride on Saturday.

The Thorns face the winner of Sunday's game between the North Carolina Courage and visiting Chicago Red Stars. The league's title game is set for next weekend in Orlando.

Amandine Henry opened the scoring for the Thorns in the 12th minute, and defender Emily Sonnett added a goal three minutes later.

Alanna Kennedy narrowed the gap with a goal for the Pride in the 23rd minute.

Hayley Raso and Christine Sinclair each scored late in the second half for the Thorns, who won the league's inaugural championship in 2013.

"What a group and team effort that was. If you could draw up a playoff win to start this playoffs, to have everybody involved and everybody impacting and influencing the game like we did today, it would be the way you'd draw it up," Thorns coach Mark Parsons said.

The crowd at Providence Park was announced at 18,193.

The NWSL is wrapping up its historic fifth season. No other professional women's soccer league in the United States has lasted as long.

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