For the first time in 308 days, Portland Thorns FC will go to bed losers.
After running through the NWSL in the 2020 Fall Series and 2021 Challenge Cup, the Thorns lost its first game since the 2020 Challenge Cup Semifinals Sunday afternoon to rival OL Reign, 2-1.
The loss ended a four-game lossless streak against the Reign.
However, Portland got on the board in the fourth minute due to a superb chip of the keeper by Christine Sinclair.
That would be the lone Thorns goal though, as Portland allowed goals in both the 9th and 14th minutes.
First, Megan Rapinoe converted a free kick outside the eighteen for her first NWSL goal in 1,047 days. She did not participate in the bubble for the Challenge Cup last summer nor the Fall Series.
Then, five minutes later, Shirley Cruz beat the Thorns defense to give the Reign a one-goal advantage.
During the game, the Thorns were called for 12 fouls. After the match, Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said he did not want to comment on the officiating beyond "we’ve given our feedback through the appropriate channels like we do."
Despite the loss, he liked the team's performance even if lots of chances weren't converted into goals.
"It's a weird one because I feel really good about the performance. Really felt good about our dominance in the performance," he said as Portland had 59.8% possession and 9 shots on target (triple what Seattle had).
"We did a very good job in the first and second halves to create chances in the right areas that we love. Unfortunately, weren’t able to finish them."
Parsons has always been a process-over-results kind of coach and he sounded like it after the match.
"We’ve got to keep pushing, we’ve got to keep improving in all areas. We want to create more quantity, those high-quality chances and I feel confident our players will be able to finish them in the future.”
Next, Portland travels across the country to play the Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on Wednesday, May 26th at 4:00 p.m. on Paramount+.