NWSL Women’s Soccer ⚽ Portland vs. Carolina (HD)

NWSL Women’s Soccer ⚽ Portland vs. Carolina (HD)


FEATURING THE BIGGEST GAME YET. TWO TEAMS, THE PORTLAND THORNS WIN. >>THE CHAMPIONS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. >>AND ONE RAUCOUS CROWD. >>BEST TWO TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE.>>THE CALENDAR MAY SAY AUGUST, BUT THE CALIBER OF THIS MATCHUP SCREAMS PLAYOFFS. THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE TRAVEL TO PROVIDENCE PARK TO TAKE ON THE PORTLAND THORNS. THE THORNS AND THE COURAGE NEXT. ♪♪ ♪♪ WELCOME INSIDE PROVIDENCE PARK . A RECORD-SETTING CROWD IS EXPECTED FOR THIS KRISTAPS PORZINGIS REMATCH BETWEEN THE PORTLAND THORNS AND THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. ‘THE WINNER TODAY WILL TAKE THE TOP SPOT IN THE TABLE AND DETHROW-IN AT LEAST FOR NOW THE RED STARS, WHO HAVE BEEN RED HOT, HAVING WON FIVE IN A ROW. SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST WILL TAKE THE FIELD TODAY, THAT INCLUDES TOBIN HEATH, ONE OF EIGHT NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THIS MATCHUP. ON THE OTHER SIDE, LOOK WHO IS BACK FOR NORTH CAROLINA. LIN WILLIAMS WAS OUT WITH A HAMSTRING INJURY.YNN WILLIAMS W HAMSTRING INJURY. SHE HAS DONE PLENTY OF DAMAGE AGAINST THE THORNS. THE NUMBERS IN 2017, THE TITLE BELONGED TO PORTLAND LAST YEAR. NORTH CAROLINA GOT SOME REVENGE. RIGHT HERE IN PROVIDENCE PARK, THE TWO TEAMS MET IN A 1-1 DRAW EARLIER THIS SEASON. HI, EVERYBODY. I’M JENN HILDRETH ALONGSIDE TWO TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL ANGELA HUCLES. >>SO WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT? THIS IS A REPEAT OF LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP. THE ATMOSPHERE IS ELECTRIC. IT’S GOING TO BE A FUN ONE TONIGHT. >>HEART RATE IS UP?>>YES. >>LAST YEAR IN 2018, NORTH CAROLINA SCORED IN THE 13th MINUTE. THAT REALLY SET THE TONE?>>ABSOLUTELY. ING NOTHING MORE THAN WANTING TO HUSH THE CROWD FOR NORTH CAROLINA. IT’S GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING. THEY ONLY HAVE THREE DAYS REST FOR PORTLAND AS COMPARED TO EIGHT DAYS FOR NORTH CAROLINA. SO A PHYSICAL NATURE, IT’S GOING TO BE A BATTLE. >>A PLAYER A CONSISTENT THREAT FOR PORTLAND LINDSEY HORAN. >>THERE IS SO MUCH HISTORY BETWEEN THE TEAMS. YOU MET IN THE LAST TWO NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. WHAT IS AT THE CORE OF THIS RIVALRY?>>IT’S A GREAT BATTLE, I THINK BOTH TEAMS BRINGING SO MUCH. IT’S SUCH A COMPETITIVE GAME ALWAYS. I THINK IT’S SUCH A GREAT GAME FOR ANY SPECTATOR. THIS WILL BE HUGE. THE ATMOSPHERE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. SO GET READY. >>YOU WILL BE FACING SOME OF YOUR NATIONAL TEAM TEAMMATES. WHAT HAS THAT TRANSITION BEEN LIKE?>>I THINK IT’S DIFFICULT COMING OFF THE WORLD CUP AND, YOU KNOW, SO MANY PLAYERS PLAYING SO MANY MINUTES. BUT THIS IS OUR JOB. WE COME BACK AND TRY TO GIVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN. I THINK BOTH TEAMS HAVE SO MANY INTERNATIONALS AND WE ARE JUST KIND OF PLAYING THROUGH IT AND STILL WE HAVE THE GOAL IN MIND OF WINNING AN NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN. >>THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU.>>THANKS, MARISSA. LINDSEY HORAN HAD THE GAME-WINNING GOAL IN THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP TWO YEARS AGO. STARTING LINEUPS AND THE KICK COMING UP FROM PORTLAND.>>Jenn: TAKING IN THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF PROVIDENCE PARK IN PORTLAND, OREGON. THE BEST WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER ATMOSPHERE IN THE WORLD. BOY DO THE THORNS FANS LOVE CHRISTINE SINCLAIR. WHY NOT? ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. SECOND ALL TIME IN INTERNATIONAL GOALS BEHIND ABBY WOMAN BACK AND ONE OF THE TOP GOAL IS SCORERS ALL TIME IN THIS LEAGUE. NOW FOR THE LINEUPS. CHANGES HERE, ANGELA HUCLES. >>Angela: LOOK AT THAT RIGHT SIDE. CHARLEY, ON THAT RIGHT SIDE LOOK FOR THE MATCHUP 1-V-1 BATTLE VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA.>>Jenn: NO MEGAN KLINGENBERG FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON FOR PORTLAND. THIS IS THEIR THIRD MATCH IN A WEEK. WE WILL SEE KRISTEN HAMILTON, LYNN WILLIAMS UP TOP. >>Angela: WITH THAT PRESSURE THAT THEY PUT UP TOP, IT WILL BE CRUCIAL. HINKLE AND MATHIAS LEADING THE ASSISTS FOR THIS LEAGUE, TIED FOR FIRST PLACE. THEY WILL BE GETTING INTO THE ATTACK FOR NWSL. LOOK FOR SERVICE OUT OF THEM.>>THE GOALKEEPERS COULD BE BUSY. INTERNATIONAL GOALKEEPER FOR NORTH CAROLINA STEPHANIE LABBE AND U.S. BACKUP GOALKEEPER ADRIANNA FRANCH. TWO-TIME NWSL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR IN BETWEEN THE PIPES FOR THE THORNS. JOHN FREEMAN COULD HAVE HIS HANDS FULL IN THIS ONE. WE HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF SIGNS THAT THIS FEELS LIKE A RIVALRY WHEN THESE TEAMS MEET. THE SUN IS SHINING. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. AS WE SAID, AN NWSL RECORD-SETTING CROWD EXPECTED IN THE NEWLY RENAULT VATED AND EXPANDED PROVIDENCE PARK. OFF WE GO FROM PORTLAND, OREGON. REMATCH OF THE LAST TWO NWSL CHAMPIONSHIPS. PORTLAND THORNS AND THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. NOW FOR THE TOP OF THE TABLE IN THE NWSL. CRYSTAL DUNN, ONE OF EIGHT U.S. NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER OF THESE TWO TEAMS. TOBIN HEATH ANOTHER ONE. GETS IT BACK FOR THE THORNS. ABBY ERCEG IN THE BACK. THESE TWO TEAMS, WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A BATTLE. WANT TO SHOW HOW MUCH PHYSICALNESS IS GOING TO BE A PART OF THIS MATCHUP. LOOK AT THESE TEAMS, THE DEPTH THAT THEY HAVE. YOU CAN SEE FOR PORTLAND, THERE ARE SO MANY PLAYERS WHO HAVE STARTED CONSISTENTLY FOR THE TEAM. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SHE HAS NOT STARTED THE ENTIRE SEASON. ON THE BENCH. SO GIVING SOME REST AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAYERS IN THIS MATCHUP TONIGHT.>>Jenn: WE TALKED TO MARK CARSON THIS WEEK. HE TOLD US THAT HE HAD A MIND TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. PORTLAND HAD THAT MIDWEEK MATCHUP ON THE ROAD. AGAINST THEIR CASCADIA RIVALS. THEY LOST THAT ONE 1-0. PRECEDED BY A 1-1 DRAW AGAINST SKY BLUE FC. NORTH CAROLINA ON THE BALL IN THE ATTACK. IT GOES INTO THE MIDDLE. LYNN WILLIAMS, FOUR GOALS LAST SEASON AGAINST THIS PORTLAND TEAM. SAM MEWIS PLAYING WITH THE MASK AFTER SUFFERING A BROKEN NOSE IN THAT FRIENDLY AGAINST IRELAND WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM. FIRST MATCH OF THEIR VICTORY TOUR. ALWAYS A THING TO CONTEND WITH, THOSE MASKS. WE SAW THEM STRUGGLING WITH IT IN TRAINING YESTERDAY.>>Angela: I HAVE NOT HAD TO WEAR ONE IN MY CAREER, BUT THE VISIBILITY AND BREATHING — >>Jenn: THERE IS SIMONE CHARLEY, FORMER VANDERBILT COMMODORE WHO MAKES HER WAY INTO THE STARTING LINEUP. ONLY ONE APPEARANCE RECORDED IN THE LAST FIVE MATCHES. GETS THE START TODAY. AS DOES DAGNY BRYNJARSDOTTIR. BACK ON TO THE BALL. WILLIAMS READY TO TURN AND GO. HAS HAMILTON OUT IN FRONT OF HER. SHE LAYS IT OFF TO KRISTEN HAMILTON, WHO HAS HAD A GREAT YEAR SO FAR FOR NORTH CAROLINA. CROSS GOES THE BALL. WILLIAMS HAS IT BEHINDER. A CHANCE. AND NORTH CAROLINA SCORES.>>Angela: O’REILLY SAID WE WANT TO WRESTLE THE FIRST HALF IN THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT ONE A GOAL IN THE 13th MINUTE. THIS ONE EVEN EARLIER. NOTHING MORE THAN TRYING TO SILENCE THIS CROWD. ON THAT RIGHT SIDE, SERVING IT INTO THE BOX AND RIGHT SPACE. DOUGLAS UNMARKED, HAS TIME, HAS THE ABILITY TO STRIKE THIS WITH PATIENCE IN THE BACK OF THE NET. GREAT STRIKE BY CRYSTAL DUNN TO PUT THEM UP 1-0.>>Jenn: HOW DOES THIS CHANGE THINGS FOR PORTLAND?>>Angela: I DON’T THINK IT DOES. THEY HAVE TO STILL COME UP WITH THE ENERGY AND LOOK TO EQUALIZE. I THINK REALLY IMPORTANT THIS NEXT FIVE MINUTES, TRYING TO GET MORE INSIDE ATTACK, GETTING SHOTS ON GOAL. AGAIN, THIS MATCH IS JUST STARTING. SO POSITIVE LOOK FOR NORTH CAROLINA TO GET SO EARLY A GOAL, TAKE THIS LEAD.>>Jenn: TO THE AUSTRALIAN. KATELYN FOORD. HER BALL ALL THE WAY IN. KRISTIN DUNN GOT OFF TO A RED HOT START. HER FIFTH GOAL OF THE SEASON. PRIOR TO THE WORLD CUP SHE HAD FOUR GOALS, ONE ASSIST IN HER FIRST THREE GAMES PLAYED IN THE NWSL. ONE THING THAT WHEN WE TALKED TO THE COACH EARLIER THIS WEEK, CRYSTAL DUNN WAS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS, U.S. PLAYERS THAT ACTUALLY TOOK MORE TIME OFF IN COMPARISON TO MEWIS AND ABBY DAHLKEMPER. THAT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE IN HER TRANSITION BACK INTO THIS GAME FOR HER CLUB.>>Jenn: FORMER PENN STATE NITTANY LION. O’REILLY. FROM THE SIDELINES HERE AT PORTLAND FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE MOVING OVER TO FIRST WE WERE NEW YORK, NOW NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, TWO-TIME NWSL COACH OF THE YEAR. ONE OF THOSE NAMES THAT HAS BEEN IN THE CONVERSATION PERHAPS AS THE REPLACEMENT FOR JOE ELLIS IN THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM. SINCLAIR CALM AND COOL. DON’T TAKE TOO LONG. DIDN’T GET TOO MUCH ON THAT ONE. FRANCH PICKS IT UP. THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS PAUL RILEY ON HIS SIDE OF THINGS WAS SAYING THAT EVEN SOME OF HIS NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS, WHEN YOU GET INTO THE NWSL, YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THE PRESSURE IS COMING FASTER MAYBE THAN SOME OF THE TEAMS YOU FACED IN THE WORLD CUP. SINCLAIR PRAISING HER CALM AT FIRST. YOU SPEND TOO LONG ON THE BALL, BOTH TEAMS WILL MAKE YOU PAY.>>Angela: THE SPEED OF PACE IS ALREADY MORE. ALMOST WANT THEM TO WAKE UP A LITTLE BIT IN THE FIRST FEW MINUTES HERE.>>Jenn: CHANGES TO THE PORTLAND LINEUP TO THE TEAM THAT STARTED ON WEDNESDAY IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON. LOOKING FOR WILLIAMS. MENGES RIGHT THERE. MARK CARSON CELEBRATED HIS 33rd BIRTHDAY ON THURSDAY. YOUNGEST CURRENT NWSL HEAD COACH. AND HE SAID HE WAS VERY EMOTIONAL AFTER SUFFERING THAT LOSS ON THE ROAD WHERE HIS TEAM WAS SHUT OUT TO RAIN FC, BUT WAS TRYING TO TURN IT AROUND, GET READY FOR THIS ONE. NOW THEY HAVE TO CLIMB OUT OF AN EARLY HOLE. THESE TWO TEAMS, TOP TWO IN THE LEAGUE IN SCORING. THEY ARE ABLE TO PRODUCE, ALTHOUGH THAT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM THE LAST COUPLE OF MATCHES FOR PORTLAND.>>Angela: MARK PARSONS TALKED ABOUT THAT FINAL TOUCH, THAT FINAL PASS AFTER THEY CREATE THE PLAY. HAVING THAT FOCUS IN THAT 18-YARD BOX. THAT’S REALLY WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE OUT OF THEM TO CREATE MORE OF THOSE GOALS FROM THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY ARE REALLY PRODUCING. >>Jenn: HERE COMES MERRITT MATHIAS. TIED FOR THE LEAGUE IN ASSISTS COMING INTO THIS MATCH. DUNN. HEADED DOWN. THAT WAS EMILY SONNETT. SINCLAIR. URGED ON BY THE CROWD. MEWIS PICKED HER POCKET. THAT BALL TOO FAR OUT IN FRONT. AN EARLY GOAL CAN CHANGE THINGS, WHETHER YOU ARE THE TEAM THAT SCORED IT OR THE TEAM WHO CONCEDED IT. MARISA, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?>>Marisa: THE COACH SAID NOTHING IS GOING TO TERM CHANGE IN TERMS OF GAME PLAY. HE WANTS TO SEE THEM BREAK DOWN PORTLAND’S LOW BLOCK WITH QUICK PASSES IN THE ATTACKING THIRD TO OPEN IT UP. HE ALSO WANTS TO SEE SAM MEWIS WIN MORE GOAL KICKS.>>Jenn: RIGHT NOW PLAYING DEFENSE. SIMONE CHARLEY TO SINCLAIR. ALL IN THE ATTACK.>>Angela: YOU TAKE THIS PLAY BACK HERE, GOING AGAINST CHRISTINE SINCLAIR. MAINTAINING POSSESSION FOR TEAM THERE. GREAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT BY HER.>>Jenn: ABBY DAHLKEMPER STARTING DEFENDER FOR THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AT THE WORLD CUP. THE BALL INTERCEPTED BY HINKLE. SERVES IT. LOOKING FOR THE FAR POST. THAT BALL ACTUALLY STAYED INBOUNDS. AND THEN WILLIAMS, AFTER DOING ALL THAT WORK, WAS UNABLE TO KEEP IT IN.>>Angela: THIS IS THAT SPEED OF PLAY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. YOU SEE HINKLE WINNING THAT BALL TO PLAY FURTHER OUTSIDE OF MIDFIELD. WATCH THIS CROSS. IT’S A LITTLE BIT TOO HIGH FOR HAMILTON TO GET THERE. THEY ARE PRESSING. THEY ARE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THIS PORTLAND DEFENSE.>>Jenn: YOU THINK ABOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH IN BOXING. WHO IS GOING TO THROW THE FIRST PUNCH? WELL, IT HAS BEEN NORTH CAROLINA. NOT ONLY WITH THE GOAL, BUT WITH THE PRESSURE. HORAN. COULDN’T KEEP IT FOR PORTLAND. IT WINDS UP WITH WILLIAMS. RAN INTO SOME TROUBLE. MEWIS, PLENTY OF TIME. SHE TAKES THE SHOT BUT NOT CHALLENGE FRANCH. A REMINDER A BIG MATCH COMING UP NEXT WEEK AS NWSL ON ESPN RETURNS SUNDAY LIVE ON ESPN NEWS. A 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME FROM RED BULL ARENA. A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER. MEGAN RAPINOE FACING CARLI LLOYD AND SKY BLUE FC. REMEMBER YOU CAN GO TO NWSLSOCCER.COM TO GET TICKETS AND COME JOIN US FOR THAT ONE. DOWN TO THE GROUND.>>Angela: REALLY GOOD FOR PORTLAND RIGHT NOW, GET MORE INVOLVED, GET MORE TOUCHES ON THAT BALL. YOU SEE THE PHYSICAL PLAY BETWEEN HEATH AND MATHIAS. SHE TURNS THIS KICK RIGHT HERE, PREKICK, AND A REALLY GOOD POSSESSION. THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF SERVICES THAT SHE CAN PROVIDE. >>Jenn: 11 GOALS SCORED OFF IN SET PIECES FOR PORTLAND THIS SEASON. THAT LEADS THE LEAGUE. HEATH. BOUNCING BALL. IT COULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS. WINDS UP CREATING THE FIRST CORNER OF THE MATCH.>>Angela: SUCH A GREAT BALL. TO HAVE A PLAYER RUN ON TO IT, THE ONLY MISSING COMPONENT FOR PORTLAND. NICE LOOK.>>Jenn: SHE HAS IT ON HER HAND. AGGRESSIVE GOALKEEPING WAS SOMETHING THAT PAUL RILEY TALKED ABOUT THE LAST COUPLE OF TIMES WE TALKED TO HIM. HE WANTS A LITTLE MORE FROM HIS KEEPERS WHETHER IT’S LABBE IN THERE FOR KATELYN ROWLAND.>>Angela: SO GOOD OFFENSIVELY. YOU ALSO WANT TO FOCUS ON HOW TO KEEP THE CLEAN SHEETS. THAT’S DEFINITELY A FOCUS RIGHT NOW AS WELL. BEING UP SO EARLY, MAINTAIN THAT POSSESSION, PUTTING MORE PRESSURE ON, REALLY LOOKING TO KEEP THAT CLEAN SHEET.>>Jenn: HIGH KICK THERE FROM WILLIAMS. GAVE THE BALL BACK TO PORTLAND. ERCEG THE REIGNING DEFENDER OF THE YEAR. DUNN WHO PLAYS DEFENDER FOR THE U.S., BUT VERY MUCH A PART OF THE ATTACK FOR NORTH CAROLINA. AND HERE THEY COME. THAT IS SOME OF THE PRESSURE THAT IS A LOT OF WHAT THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM DOES, AND IT STARTS WITH THEIR PLAYERS UP TOP. AND YOU HAVE GOT TO GIVE A TON OF CREDIT TO THIS YOUNG LADY, KRISTEN HAMILTON. THOSE EIGHT GOALS, I MEAN, THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. HOW COULD YOU TAKE HER OUT? PAUL REILLY SAID SHE PLAYED BEHIND TWO OF THE BEST FORWARDS IN THIS LEAGUE, TWO OF THE ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS IN THIS LEAGUE WITH WILLIAMS AND McDONALD. NOW HOLDING DOWN THAT SPOT. >>Angela: SO IMPRESSIVE FOR HAMILTON, THE WAY SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO COMPETE NOT JUST WHILE THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WERE AWAY, BUT ABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT POSITION AND REALLY SHE HAS NO MUCH CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW. SHE IS HAVING FUN WITH IT AND PLAYING EVEN MORE CONSISTENTLY.>>Jenn: DUNN WAS LOOKING FOR WILLIAMS. HEATH. TRYING TO WIN THIS BALL AND KEEP MAKING THINGS HAPPEN FOR PORTLAND. IT GOES OUT ON HER THOUGH. HEATH NUMBER ONE ALL TIME IN THIS LEAGUE IN ASSISTS. MEWIS. KICKED OUT TO BENIA. THROW FOR NORTH CAROLINA. JUST THAT MOVEMENT BY DEBINHA TO GET OPEN. FIND THAT SPACE IN BETWEEN THE LINES THERE. SO EXCELLENT FROM HER.>>Jenn: MATHIAS. TURNED THE CORNER ON HEATH. BOUNCING BALL TO FRANCH.>>Angela: JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO JUST LOOK AT THE PRESSURE BY NORTH CAROLINA. THEY ARE NOT GIVING PORTLAND ANY TIME OF SPACE. THREE PLAYERS CIRCLING AROUND ANYONE WHO HAS THE BALL. IF I’M PORTLAND, I NEED TO PLAY ONE AND TWO-TOUCH RHYTHM JUST TO BE ABLE TO POSSESS THE BALL AND GET INTO THAT ATTACKING THIRD MORE QUICKLY.>>Jenn: DEBINHA. LOST IT. BRYNJARSDOTTIR MADE HER WAY TO THE BALL. CRISSCROSSING THE ATTACK. NOT YET. CHARLEY. COULDN’T WIN IT FROM HINKLE. HEATH. RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE! COULD NOT BRING IT DOWN. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BALL. AND DUNN IS JUST LOOKING TO SEND WILLIAMS RACING THE OTHER WAY. FORMER GOLDEN BOOT WINNER IN THIS LEAGUE. GOT TO MEWIS. MATHIAS. A COUPLE OF TOUCHES. EASY SAVE FOR FRANCH. HER FOURTH.>>Angela: I LOVE THAT BALL BY CRYSTAL DUNN. SHE AND WILLIAMS OUT THERE, JUST RELIEVE SOME OF THAT PRESSURE FOR NORTH CAROLINA. ALSO ALLOWED THE TIME AND SPACE FOR SOME OF THE MIDFIELDERS TO GET UP IN SUPPORT OF THAT ATTACK.>>Jenn: GOING TO BE OUR FIRST CARD HANDED OUT. IT CAME FOR FOORD. >>Angela: STEPHANIE WANTING TO MAKE SURE TO MAINTAIN POSSESSION OR REALLY CONTROL THIS MATCH. FOORD JUST HOLDING ON THERE. THAT YELLOW CARD IS GOING TO COME OUT EVERY SINGLE TIME. A REALLY IMPORTANT CARD EARLY IN THIS GAME, KNOWING THESE TEAMS ARE GOING TO BATTLE ONE ANOTHER TO MAINTAIN THAT CONTROL.>>Jenn: HINKLE TAKES OVER, TAKES THE FREE KICK. TO O’SULLIVAN. SHE HAS BEEN TERRIFIC. HERALDED WITH SOME OF THE OTHERS THERE. AND FOORD NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL. SHE JUST PICKED UP A YELLOW. A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE ON THAT MOVIE, TRYING TO GET ON DAHLKEMPER.>>Angela: DEFINITELY JUST A REPEAT OF FOULS RIGHT THERE. ABSOLUTELY FOORD NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL. POTENTIALLY EVEN IN POSITION WHERE SHE DOESN’T NECESSARILY NEED TO FOUL. YOU COULD JUST SEE HOW SHE GRABS DAHLKEMPER’S SHOULDER THERE. AGAIN, VERY PHYSICAL, BUT FOORD REALLY NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF WHERE SHE IS PUTTING HERSELF IN POSITION TO FOUL AS WELL.>>Jenn: TWO WORLD CUP PLAYERS FACING OFF RIGHT THERE. DAHLKEMPER AND FOORD. THEY STARTED EVERY MATCH FOR AUSTRALIA AT THE WORLD CUP IN FRANCE. DAHLKEMPER IS THE SAME FOR THE USA IN THEIR RUN. WINNING THAT TOURNAMENT. YOU CAN SEE HOW FAR UP THE FIELD HINKLE AND MATHIAS WERE. REALLY LEAVING ECKERSTROM ON THAT BACKLINE ALONE. THAT’S THE KIND OF PLAY THAT PORTLAND WILL LOOK FOR IN TRANSITION SO FAR UP THE FIELD.>>Jenn: HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO SO YET. THEY HAVE REALLY HAD THE BALL DOWN HERE QUITE A BIT. THE OUTSIDE FLAG GOES UP.>>Angela: NORTH CAROLINA’S PRESSURE AGAINST PORTLAND, MAINTAINING PRESSURE AND MAINTAINING POSSESSION ALSO IN THAT FINAL THIRD FOR THEM HAS REALLY DISALLOWED PORTLAND ANY TYPE OF COUNTERATTACK.>>Jenn: THE CROWD TRYING TO GET LOUD HERE AGAIN AT PROVIDENCE PARK AFTER THEY WERE SILENCED EARLY. THE VISITING NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, THE REIGNING NWSL CHAMPIONS, CAME IN AND SCORED IN THE FOURTH MINUTE THROUGH CRYSTAL DUNN TO TAKE THE EARLY LEAD AGAINST THE PORTLAND THORNS. WE WELCOME YOU TO THE ESPN. LYNN WILLIAMS A BIG PART OF SETTING UP THAT FIRST GOAL FOR NORTH CAROLINA. DEBINHA HAD EYES ON THAT BALL. JENN HILDRETH, ANGELA HUCLES, MARISA PILLA. HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US. THE NEWS THIS WEEK THAT ORLANDO PRIDE, DEFENDER TONEY PRESSLEY HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. SHE HAS BEGUN TREATMENT AND IS PLACED ON THE DISABLED LIST. WE SEND OUR BEST TO HER WHO HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT INSPIRATION SINCE THAT WAS ANNOUNCED. OUR SUPPORT FOR HER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE IT ACROSS THE LEAGUE. A LOT OF PINK OUT THERE EVEN TODAY. NORTH CAROLINA WITH THE PINK WRISTBANDS. WE ARE GETTING WORD ALREADY, SENDING OUT A THANK YOU, TONY PRESSLEY. PORTLAND GETS UP WITH THE BALL. SONNETT SAYS, WHO’S WITH ME? FOORD TRIED TO PUT IT BEHIND HER, AND MATHIAS WAS RIGHT THERE WAITING. WILLIAMS A QUICK TURN. HAMILTON CHASES AFTER THIS. FRANCH GETS THERE FIRST.>>Angela: JUST THE REACTION TIME FOR PORTLAND A LITTLE TOO SLOW. YOU SEE SONNETT JUST LOOKING AROUND HER SAYING, WHERE’S THE SUPPORT? NOT JUST OFFENSIVELY, BUT DEFENSIVELY AS WELL. NORTH CAROLINA DOING A NICE JOB IN TRANSITION. AS SOON AS THEY WIN POSSESSION OF THE BALL, LOOKING FOR LYNN WILLIAMS UP TOP.>>Jenn: NO PRESSURE AT THE MOMENT. DAHLKEMPER WILL BE ALLOWED TO CARRY THIS BALL A LITTLE HIGHER. HAMILTON IS SO QUICK ON THE TURN. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS SO FUN TO WATCH ABOUT HER. SINCLAIR ON TO THE BALL FOR PORTLAND. CHARLEY TO HER RIGHT. FOORD TO HER LEFT. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THAT ATTACK WHEN PORTLAND GETS INTO THE FINAL THIRD, IT SLOWS DOWN A GEAR INSTEAD OF SPEEDS UP.>>Angela: ABSOLUTELY. YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE PEOPLE LIKE HEATH ON THE BALL.>>Jenn: SINCLAIR ON TO IT NOW. NOT FOR LONG. LOOK AT THE CHANGE OF SPEED ON THIS END WHEN NORTH CAROLINA GETS IT.>>Angela: YEAH. SO DANGEROUS. SO QUICK. JUST A STEP TOO SLOW FOR PORTLAND RIGHT NOW. AND JUST THAT REACTION TIME IN THAT TRANSITION.>>Jenn: AND LOOK HOW DEEP MANY OF THE ATTACKING PLAYERS FOR PORTLAND. HEATH WAY BACK IN HER DEFENSIVE THIRD OF THE FIELD. THAT WAS FOORD A MOMENT AGO BACK IN THE DEFENSIVE THIRD. DUNN. NOTHING DOING THAT TIME. WE MENTIONED ALL THE CHANGES TO PORTLAND’S LINEUP. YOU THINK ABOUT WHO IS ON THE BENCH EVEN DEFENSIVELY, MEGAN KLINGENBERG, WHO IS THE ONLY PLAYER TO START EVERY MATCH FOR PORTLAND THIS SEASON. YOU HAVE THE YOUNG AUSTRALIAN DEFENDER ALY CARPENTER. WE EXPECT SHE WOULD BE AVAILABLE. A TON OF SPEED AND PACE ON THAT BACKLINE. MIDGE PURCE HAS PLAYED IN THE BACK. SHE CAN PLAY BACK THERE. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN A FOURTH OFFENSE PLAYER. SIX GOALS FOR PURCE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHO IS ON THE BENCH RIGHT NOW, I MEAN, YOU COULD KEEP GOING. IT BASICALLY COULD BE ANOTHER STARTING 11 JUST ABOUT IN THIS LEAGUE. AND SO SOME DECISIONS FOR THIS TEAM TO MAKE. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE TO MAKE THOSE KINDS OF DECISIONS, BUT IF YOU ARE SEEING THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE, WE MAY SEE CHANGES SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.>>Angela: NOT A BAD SITUATION TO BE IN WITH PORTLAND. AGAIN, MOSTLY DUE TO THAT LACK OF EFFORT THEY HAVE HAD TO NORTH CAROLINA.>>Jenn: THERE IS THE HAMMIE TURN AS PAUL REILLY CALLS IT. WE COULD PROBABLY MAKE A DICTIONARY OF RILEY-ISMS. HE IS QUITE ENTERTAINING. DUNN. TURNS AND LIFTS HER HEAD.>>Angela: COULD YOU THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE’RE SEEING NORTH CAROLINA PLAYING QUICK CENTER YOU SEE SOME OF THE POSITIONING BEFORE PLAYERS ARE GETTING THE BALL. DUNN IT THAT LAST ONE, SIDEWAYS ON. SAM MEWIS, SIDEWAYS ON. THEY ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THAT BALL A LOT FASTER, AND THEN BY VIRTUE OF THAT, PLAYING THE BALL A LOT QUICKER. HER BACK WAS TO THE GOAL WHEN SHE RECEIVED THE BALL. I THINK IT’S EVEN THE BODY POSITIONING OF THE PLAYERS CAN HELP WITH THAT SPEED OF PLAY FOR PORTLAND. >>Jenn: SUCH AN EXCELLENT POINT. I WAS JUST THINKING THAT. THE TOUCHES SEEM TO BE SO POSITIVE FROM THE GET-GO WITH NORTH CAROLINA, AND NOT SO WITH PORTLAND. AND YOU JUST SAID EXACTLY WHY. WE HAVE ANOTHER FOUL. HEATH IS DOWN. SHE WILL GET A TALKING TO, PERHAPS NOTHING MORE, IT LOOKS LIKE AT THE MOMENT.>>Angela: MATHIAS COMING IN. A STRONG CHALLENGE THERE. DEFINITELY THINK BECAUSE OF THAT, THAT SHAPE, NOT BEING ABLE — SHE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY IN THAT SITUATION. >>Jenn: YOU MAY NOT BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THE SERIES BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS OF ALL TIME HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF FOULS COMMITTED IN THE NWSL. AN AVERAGE OF 23 FOULS PER GAME AND AT LEAST TWO YELLOW CARDS PER GAME. SINCLAIR. PASSES THE BALL. CROSS. DEBINHA! MISSED IT. SHE GOT LUCKY.>>Angela: THAT’S THE AGGRESSIVE PLAY WE ARE LOOKING FOR. DEBINHA COMES OUT, TRIES TO PUNCH THE BALL AWAY. BUT ACTUALLY HITS THE AIR. FORTUNATE THAT BALL WAS NOT REDIRECTED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. >>Jenn: MARISA, WHAT IS THE RESPONSE FROM PORTLAND’S SIDE SINCE THAT EARLY GOAL?>>Marisa: I JUST TALKED TO PORTLAND’S BENCH AND ASKED HOW THEY WANT TO SEE THE TEAM ANSWER NORTH CAROLINA’S PRESSURE. THEY SIDE THEY NEED TO STOP THEM IN TRANSITION AND GET A FRONT FOOT ON POSSESSION. THEY SAID THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS CAPTAIN CHRISTINE SINCLAIR TO LEAD THE WAY IN TERMS OF GETTING PORTLAND’S POSSESSION ORGANIZED FROM FRONT TO BACK. >>Jenn: DEBINHA ON TO IT NOW FOR NORTH CAROLINA. HAS SPACE TO WORK WITH. HAMILTON. BACK TOWARDS DEBINHA. THE FLAG IS UP THOUGH. THE FLAG IS UP. AND NOW PLAY WILL BE STOPPED.>>Angela: YOU CAN SEE DEBINHA TRYING TO GET A FOOT ON THAT BALL. SHE WAS IN AN OFFSIDE POSITION BEFOREHAND, WHICH IS WHY I BELIEVE WE SEE THAT CALL. I DON’T KNOW IF WE WERE ABLE TO SEE IT IN THAT REPLAY THERE, BUT THAT WAS THE CALL ON THE FIELD.>>Jenn: CREDIT ADRIANNA FRANCH AND THE PORTLAND DEFENSE. FLAG OR NOT IN YOUR PERIPHERAL VISION, YOU DON’T LET UP. YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE, YOU KEEP PLAYING. HORAN. AWAY FROM HER A LITTLE BIT. SHE IS GOING TO BE CALLED FOR COMMITTING A FOUL.>>Angela: WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF THESE FOULS ACTUALLY CALLED AGAINST PORTLAND.>>Jenn: DEBINHA. THERE IS THAT COLD TURN INTO SPACE. ALWAYS READY TO GO FORWARD. THE SHOT. AND JUST THE FINGERTIP OF FRANCH, I THINK, HELD ON TO THAT BALL. >>Angela: I LOVE HOW QUICKLY DEBINHA GOT THAT BALL. SORRY, WILLIAMS, ACTUALLY. YEAH. OFF HER FOOT. THIS IS THE QUALITY. THIS IS WHAT MAKES HER SO DANGEROUS, THAT QUICK EXECUTION OF THAT SHOT. FRANCH DID A NICE JOB HOLDING ON TO THAT BALL.>>Jenn: DEBINHA UNDER SOME PRESSURE FROM HEATH. KATHERINE REYNOLDS. AND BRITTANY WENT A LITTLE HIGH AS SHE ATTEMPTED TO WIN THAT BALL.>>Angela: LOOK HOW QUICKLY NORTH CAROLINA IS PUTTING THAT BALL BACK INTO PLAY. A COUPLE TIMES NOW WHERE PRIND HAS THEIR BACKS TURNED AND THE BALL’S ALREADY BEEN PUT IN MOTION.>>Jenn: WILLIAMS. THE BALL DRIBBLES OUT AND AWAY FROM THE COURAGE. HERE’S SINCLAIR. YOU HEARD MARISA SAY PLEAS THE PLAYER THEY WANT TO START THINGS. YOU THINK SHE IS A SPRINTER? STILL HAS THE BALL. LOOK AT HER GO. AND THE DEFENSE WAS THERE. DEBINHA. NOW HAMILTON. SHE CONTINUES HER GOOD FORM. STEADY, ON THE DEFENSE. AND HORAN WITH MORE SPACE THAN SHE’S HAD MOST OF THIS MATCH SO FAR. WHERE DOES PORTLAND GO WITH IT NOW?>>Angela: I THINK A FEW MORE DANGEROUS RUNS AND BETTER POSITIONS, TOO. A LOT OF THE PLAY IT IN THE MIDFIELD. OFTENTIMES, WE ARE SEEING IN TRANSITION THEY WERE ABLE TO DO THAT SUCCESSFULLY IN THE LAST BUILD-UP. BUT SUPPORT NEEDS TO COME A LOT FASTER.>>Jenn: CHARLEY. GOT IT TO HORAN. REIGNING MVP. DOWN TO THE GROUND, BACK UP, SETTING UP HEATH. AND A KICK SAVE MADE ON THE NEAR POST FROM LABBE.>>Angela: NICE OF HORAN THERE. THAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT. FIND HEATH. ACTUALLY, WITH THAT, TOO, ALLOWS MORE PLAYERS TO BE IN THE BACK. CHARLEY GETTING THAT BALL FROM THE OUTSIDE. HORAN STAYING WITH THAT ATTACK AND BUILD-UP. SHE HAD NO ONE ON HER. LOOKS TO PLAY IT ACROSS. LABBE SAVES THAT ONE.>>Jenn: BRITTANY STODDARD CONTROLLING. NORTH CAROLINA WANTED THE FLAG TO COME UP. DIDN’T MATTER ANYWAY. CHARLEY IN HER FIRST YEAR WITH PORTLAND. A PLAYER WHO WAS PICKED UP AS A PRACTICE PLAYER AFTER GOING UNDRAFTED IN 2018. A TWO-SPORT STAR AT VANDERBILT. ACTUALLY RED SHIRTED IN 2016 AS SHE WAS TRYING TO MAKE THE OLYMPIC TEAM IN THE TRIPLE JUMP. HORAN AND HEATH TRYING TO WORK SOME MAGIC TOGETHER. THE CROWD IS FEELING LIKE, THAT WORKS ON THAT CALL. OUR REFEREE. CONSULTING WITH HIS OTHER OFFICIALS, AS SHOULD BE DONE.>>Angela: INITIALLY THE REFEREE CALLED THE BALL GOING OUT ON HEATH. A GOOD RECALL THERE ADDS SHE DOES GET CLIPPED. PORTLAND WOUNDS UP WITH ANOTHER FREE KICK. TEN FOULS IN THE MATCH SO FAR. SO I THINK WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO REACHING THAT AVERAGE OF 23 FOULS PER GAME BETWEEN THESE TWO. CHARLEY. THE CROWD LOVING WHAT THEY’RE SEEING FROM HER. SINCLAIR. ON THE GROUND AND INTO THE GLOVES OF LABBE. WHAT A WONDERFUL OPTION TO HAVE ON YOUR BENCH IF YOU ARE NORTH CAROLINA. PAUL RILEY, THE LAST TIME JESS McDONALD PLAYED ON THIS FIELD, WELL, SHE SCORED TWO GOALS IN THAT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. MVP. HER TEAM WON THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP. COMING UP ON THE NWSL HALFTIME SHOW, MARISA WITH A SNEAK PEEK AT THE STREAMING SHOW EQUALIZER. WE’LL LOOK BACK AT SOME BEST MOMENTS FROM THIS PAST WEEK. THEN ANGELA AND I WILL BREAK DOWN OUR FIRST HALF. JUST THE ONE EARLY GOAL SO FAR. MEWIS, A BOUNCER TO FRANCH.>>Angela: YOU SEE A LITTLE BIT OF FRUSTRATION THERE. AGAIN, SHE IS FINDING HERSELF IN DANGEROUS POSITIONS. A FEW YARDS OUTSIDE THE 18-YARD BOX. REALLY NO PRESSURE. HAVE A LOOK AT IT. PUT THAT ONE IN THE FRAME.>>Jenn: YOU WONDER JUST HOW MUCH THAT MASK IS BOTHERING HER. WE WATCHED HER THROW IT OFF A COUPLE OF TIMES. SHE DID NOT WANT TO KEEP IT ON IN TRAINING YESTERDAY. SHE IS A PLAYER WHO PAUL RILEY TOLD ME BEFORE THE GAME WOULD BE ON RESTRICTED MINUTES. LYNN WILLIAMS AND SAM MEWIS. THEY WILL GO NOT THE WHOLE 90 TODAY. HEATH.>>Angela: YOU KNOW THAT WAS AN OFFSIDE PLAY THERE. THAT RHYTHM WAS SO GOOD BY PORTLAND. HEATH JUST A HAIR OFFSIDE. IN THAT POSITION. BUT THAT RHYTHM WAS ONE-TOUCH RHYTHM BY ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT PLAYERS. MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE FOR PORTLAND IN THE ATTACK.>>Jenn: HORAN JUST PUT TOO MUCH ON THAT BALL. GIVE IT BACK TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE THROW. MEWIS. HAMILTON. FRANCH. GETTING THE CROWD EXCITED A LITTLE BIT. SHE GOT THAT BALL AWAY FROM HAMILTON.>>Angela: YOU WANT TO SEE THAT QUICKNESS OFF HER LINE.>>Jenn: SOME ROOM TO MOVE. TOBIN HEATH. NOT QUITE READY TO UNLEASH THE BALL, AND IN THE END TOOK TOO LONG. DAHLKEMPER GOT SOME HELP FROM MATHIAS. DUNN HAS THREE OPTIONS IN FRONT OF HER. SHE LOOKS TO WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS GETS THE SERVICE OFF. AND IT WILL GO OUT FOR THE FIRST CORNER OF THIS MATCH FOR NORTH CAROLINA.>>Angela: DUNN DOING A NICE JOB OF REALLY CREATING A LOT OF PLAY. KEEPING THAT BALL IN THE MIDFIELD, FINDING HER OPTIONS. AGAIN, SHE HAS OPTIONS TO LOOK FOR IN THOSE CORE POSITIONS.>>Jenn: IN THE TWO CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS BETWEEN THESE TEAMS, FOUR GOALS WERE SCORED. THREE OF THOSE FOUR CAME OFF OF SET PIECES. NORTH CAROLINA WILL PLAY SHORT. MEWIS TO SERVE IT UP. MEWIS GETS IT BACK, FINDS DUNN. LEFT-FOOTED SHOT! AND FRANCH.>>Angela: THE SPEED OF PLAY. THE QUICKNESS OUT OF THESE PLAYERS. WHAT A STRIKE. WHAT A SAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT BALL OFF ON THE TURN. CRYSTAL DUNN HAVING THAT STRIKE AND LOOK ON GOAL. WHAT A SAVE, TOO, BY ADRIANNA FRANCH.>>Jenn: DEBINHA TO TAKE THE CORNER FROM THE OTHER SIDE. FRANCH COMING OUT FOR IT. SHE WINDS UP DOWN ON THE GROUND. NO FOUL. IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CORNER. DEBINHA WILL TRY IT AGAIN. ERCEG RISES UP. COULDN’T CONNECT. REMINDER, THE END OF NWSL NEXT SUNDAY LIVE ON ESPNEWS TEMPERATURE FROM RED BULL ARENA. MEGAN RAPINOE AND RAIN FC GET A CHANCE TO SEE THE NWSL DEBATE THIS SEASON TAKING ON CARLI LLOYD AND SKY BLUE FC. WE ALREADY KNOW IT WILL BE A RECORD-SETTING CROWD FOR SKY BLUE FC. PLAECHBT TICKETS AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN AT NWSLSOCCER.COM FOR THOSE TICKETS. HINKLE. CHARLEY TRACKING HER ALL THE WAY BACK. NEARLY TO THE CORNER FLAG.>>Angela: THAT 1-V-1 MATCHUP, PEOPLE GETTING INTO THE ATTACK SO FREQUENTLY. CHARLEY DOING A NICE JOB JUST STAYING WITH HER. YOU HAVE TO TRACK BACK.>>Jenn: IF YOU FOLLOW THE LAEG LEAGUE, YOU HEAR THE BOOS FOR JAELENE HINKLE, SHE CLOSE TO DECLINE AN INVITATION TO PLAY WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM. CHARLEY. HORAN AND FOORD. A NICE 1-2 COMBINATION. THE BALL ACROSS! ERCEG AND LABBE COLLIDED TRYING TO GET THE BALL. NEITHER SUCCEEDED. A CORNER COMING FOR PORTLAND. >>Angela: I THINK IT WINDS UP IN ERCEG’S BENEFIT THAT IT GOES OUT. CHARLEY ON THAT BACKCOURT, LOOKING TO BOUNCE THAT BALL.>>Jenn: THE CROWD TRYING TO IGNITE THE SERVICE FROM TOBIN HEATH. LABBE HAS IT IN HER HAND. BEAUTIFUL BIT OF WORK TO HANG ON. MATHIAS. NOT QUITE ENOUGH BEND ON THAT BALL TO ALLOW IT TO MAKE ITS WAY TO HAMILTON. SETTLING DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT HERE IN THE WANING MOMENTS OF THE FIRST HALF. EARLY GOAL FROM CRYSTAL DUNN IN THE FOURTH MINUTE, THE DIFFERENCE SO FAR. DUNN ON THE BALL AGAIN NOW FOR NORTH CAROLINA. ONE MINUTE. OF /* ONE MINUTE OF STOPPAGE TIME ADDED ON TO OUR FIRST HALF. HINKLE. KEEPS THIS BALL FROM GOING OUT, BUT NOT FOR LONG.>>Angela: A GREAT EXAMPLE WHY THEY ARE TIED FOR THE LEAGUE IN ASSISTS RIGHT NOW.>>Jenn: HOLDS THE BALL. CHARLEY, ONE TOUCHDOWN. NORTH CAROLINA WILL TAKE THAT ONE-GOAL LEAD INTO THE HALF. BOY, THEY CAME OUT FIRING IN THIS ONE. AND WE’LL GET A CHANCE TO HEAR WHAT THEIR HEAD COACH HAS TO SAY, PAUL RILEY IS WITH MARISA. >>Marisa: COACH, A GOAL SCORED IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO DICTATE THE FIRST 45?>>THEY DROPPED OFF LOW, WHICH WAS A SURPRISE TO US. WE CONTROLLED THE TEMPO OF THE GAME. THE MIDFIELD IS GOING. THE TWO TENSE AND SIXES GOT ON THE BALL. WE GOT JAELENE AND MERRITT HIGH UP THE FIELD. A BIT MORE LETHAL INSIDE THE PENALTY BOX. WE HAVE PLAYED REALLY WELL SO FAR. >>Marisa: THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, COACH. >>Jenn: NEXT THE NWSL HALFTIME SHOW. A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW STREAMING SHOW ALEX MORGAN THE EQUALIZER AND A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK’S BEST MOMENTS.>>>WELCOME BACK TO PROVIDENCE PARK IN PORTLAND, OREGON. I’M WITH HEAD COACH MARK PARSONS. IN THE SECOND HALF, A LOT OF GOOD OPPORTUNITIES TOWARDS THE END OF THE FIRST. WHAT WAS THE MESSAGE DURING HALFTIME. >>WE MAKE SOME CHANGES. WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE A LOT MORE RISK. I THINK THE PLAYERS THAT WE WILL BE BRINGING ON WILL JUST HAVE A NATURAL LIFT BECAUSE OF THEIR ENERGY AND THEIR QUALITY, AND THEN TACTICALLY JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THISEVA LITTLE BIT LESS SUCCESS IN THE POCKETS. FOR US, LIKE WE FINISHED, WE SAW THE CHANCES. LET’S PLAY HAD THAT HALF OF THE FIELD AND CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN GOAL. >>Marisa: THAT’S FOR YOUR TIME, COACH. >>Jenn: CHANGES COMING. RASO, MIDGE PURCE WILL BE READY TO START THE SECOND HALF. HOW DOES THAT CHANGE THINGS FOR PORTLAND. >>Angela: STARTING FOR THIS TEAM, I THINK IT WILL BE VERY MINIMAL IN THEIR TRANSITION. AS WE HEARD COACH PARSONS SAYING, IT’S GOING TO BRING A LIFT TO THE TEAM. AN ENERGY. REALLY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FALL IN VERY NICELY WITH THEIR TACKLE AND TECHNICAL ABILITY FOR PORTLAND.>>Jenn: SO FIRST OFFICIAL COMING IN FOR CHARLEY, AND RASO REPLACING FOORD. THE TWO CHANGES THERE AT THE TOP. AND WHAT AN INJECTION OF BOTH SPEED AND SKILL AND GOAL SCORING ABILITY YOU GET WITH THOSE TWO.>>Angela: I THINK THAT MOVEMENT IN BETWEEN THE LINES, THAT’S ANOTHER ELEMENT THAT BOTH THESE PLAYERS, PURCE AND RASO, WILL BRING.>>Jenn: NINE GOALS BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM ON THE YEAR. WE WILL SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR A PORTLAND TEAM THAT CONCEDED ITS EARLIEST GOAL OF THE SEASON IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. ALSO THE FASTEST GOAL NORTH CAROLINA HAS SCORED THIS SEASON. THAT’S HOW WE GOT STARTED IN PROVIDENCE PARK IN FRONT OF WHAT WE FULLY ANTICIPATE TO BE A NEW NWSL RECORD IN TERMS OF ATTENDANCE. PROVIDENCE PARK EXPANDING THIS YEAR. THAT’S WHY THE THORNS STARTED OFF THE SEASON PLAYING THE FIRST SIX MATCHES ON THE ROAD. SIX OF THEIR FINAL EIGHT MATCHES WILL BE HERE ON THEIR HOME FIELD STARTING WITH TODAY’S MATCHUP. ADDED MORE SEATS. MORE CAPACITY. MORE RECORDS TO GO DOWN. MEWIS. JUST WEAVING THROUGH DEFENDERS. AND IT’S FOULED JUST OUTSIDE THE AREA. BRYNJARSDOTTIR COMMITTING THE FOUL. THAT WILL GIVE A DANGEROUS FREE KICK IN THE OPENING MINUTE OF THE SECOND HALF. >>Angela: IT’S NOT THE POSITION YOU WANT TO GIVE UP, A FREE KICK, ESPECIALLY HOW DANGEROUS NORTH CAROLINA CAN BE. GETS TAKEN DOWN THERE BY BRYNJARSDOTTIR RIGHT OUTSIDE THE 18-YARD BOX. >>Jenn: DAGNY BRYNJARSDOTTIR MISSED ALL OF LAST SEASON. SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER SON. DEBINHA AND HINKLE. OPTIONS FOR NORTH CAROLINA DEPENDING ON WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO COME AT IT.>>Angela: ALWAYS TARGETS ON SET PIECES.>>Jenn: ADRIANNA FRANCH BARKS OUT INSTRUCTIONS IN GOAL. DEBINHA SERVES IT TOWARDS MEWIS. IT WAS WELL COVERED.>>Angela: YOU HEAR THAT ORGANIZATION BY FRANCH THERE. REALLY NICE TO GET HER DEFENSIVE LINE, REALLY GETTING TIGHT, TOO. LOOKING LIKE SHE IS IN AN OFFSIDE POSITION. YOU SEE THAT FLAG COMING UP ON THAT FAR SIDE.>>Jenn: PURCE. SIX GOALS ON THE SEASON FOR MIDGE PURCE. EVERY TEAM IN THE NWSL IS GOING TO HAVE THOSE PLAYERS WHO STEP UP IN THE ABSENCE OF THEIR WORLD CUP PLAYERS. PURCE ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THOSE. ONE FOR NORTH CAROLINA. SHE CONTINUED ON, KRISTEN HAMILTON. EIGHT GOALS ON THE SEASON. SECOND IN THE LEAGUE.>>Angela: A LOOK AT HAMILTON, WHAT SHE BRINGS, THAT DEFENSIVE PRESS, TOO. THAT’S WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THESE NORTH CAROLINA PLAYERS. THE DEFENSE STARTS WITH THAT CORE FRONT LINE.>>Jenn: HAMILTON PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY. ALL THE TIME IT TOOK TO SET UP THAT THROW-IN. IT’S GOING BACK TO PORTLAND. PURCE UNABLE TO KEEP IT IN. ANGELA, WERE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE CHANGES IN THE FRONT LINE FOR PORTLAND? YOU LOOK AT THE THREE LINES. WE TALKED ABOUT THE KEY DEFENDERS. A PLAYER LIKE GABBY SEILER.>>Angela: ACTUALLY, NO, GIVEN THAT THEY ARE DOWN A GOAL RIGHT NOW. I THINK WHAT WE HEARD COACH PARSONS SAYING IS JUST TAKING A LITTLE BIT MORE RISK. THEY HAVE TO TRY TO EQUALIZE IN ORDER TO HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING THIS MATCH, GETTING THOSE THREE POINTS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT PURCE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT RASO, THESE PLAYERS WHO ARE ABLE TO PUT THE BALL IN THE BACK OF THE NET, THOSE ARE GREAT OPTIONS THAT YOU HAVE COMING OFF THE BENCH AGAINST A TEAM THAT HAS ALREADY HAD THAT 45 MINUTES PLAYED.>>Jenn: GREAT CHARGE FROM HAMILTON. TOUCHED IT BACK. O’SULLIVAN, WHO WAS CALLED IN FROM IRELAND. AND NORTH CAROLINA SAID, HUH-UH, IT’S NOT AN INTERNATIONAL WINDOW. SHE IS STAYING WITH US. DEFINITELY A PLAYER IN THE MIX FOR THAT IRISH NATIONAL TEAM, DENISE O’SULLIVAN.>>Angela: PROBABLY HAVING THAT AWARENESS, TOO, THE NATURE OF IT WHEN YOU LEAVE THE TEAM, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE AWAY.>>Jenn: YOU GET BACK. KEEPS IT ON THE GROUND. PURCE. NOT QUITE. QUICK CONNECTIONS THERE FOR THE THORNS.>>Angela: YEAH, HEATH JUST DOING SO WELL WITH THAT NO-LOOK PASS. FINDING PURCE. TRIED TO GET A TOUCH PAST PURCE THAT GETS A LITTLE TOO FAR. THAT MOVEMENT, THAT’S WHAT SHE BRINGS, ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION TO PORTLAND. >>Jenn: LOVE IT. NO-LOOK FROM HEATH. NOT SURE THERE IS A TOOL SHE DOES NOT HAVE IN HER ARSENAL. HEATH ON IT AGAIN. BRINGING IT OUT TO MATHIAS. HORAN. CHIPS IT UP, BUT EVENTUALLY TO LABBE. WILLIAMS. LAYING IT ACROSS. DEBINHA. THE BENEFICIARY. SHE WANTED A FOUL. WON’T GET IT.>>Angela: THAT TOUCH BY DEBINHA, TOO, THAT WAS JUST PHENOMENAL.>>Jenn: McDONALD SAYING DEBINHA HAS MAGICAL FEET. >>Angela: WILLIAMS PICKS THIS BALL UP OUT WIDE. FINDS DEBINHA. HAS TIME IN SPACE. THAT TOUCH BEHIND TWO DEFENDERS, BEATING TWO WITH ONE TOUCH. I LOVE THAT. >>Jenn: I AM NOT SURE THAT QUALIFIES AS A SAMBA ON A SOCCER BALL, BUT THAT MIGHT BE ONE OF THE MOVES.>>Angela: A PRAE VIEW, MORE TO COME.>>Jenn: THAT BALL DID GO OUT ON HINKLE. HINKLE TO DUNN. DEBINHA. A COUPLE OF MATCHES TO GET THE WEEKEND STARTED. NOT WITHOUT DRAMA. ORLANDO AND HOUSTON THE FIRST TIME IN NWSL HISTORY A TEAM RECEIVED TWO RED CARDS IN THE SAME MATCH. THAT WOULD BE ORLANDO. AND IT OF A LATE PENALTY KICK BY RACHEL BAILEY TO SEAL THE DEAL FOR THE DASH ON THE ROAD. CHICAGO RED STARS ALSO PICKING UP A 1-0 WIN. SATO WITH THE GAME WINNER AS CHICAGO IN FRONT OF A SELLOUT CROWD IN WASHINGTON. THIS BALL BOUNCES BACK TO SINCLAIR. CHICAGO WON FIVE IN A ROW. SINCLAIR AND RASO NEARLY CREATING SOMETHING THERE FOR PORTLAND. DAHLKEMPER TOOK IT AWAY.>>Angela: THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE WE HAVEN’T SEEN QUITE YET. SINCLAIR BEING THAT FAR UP, SHE IS USED TO GETTING THAT BALL IN MIDFIELD QUITE FAR BACK AWAY FROM THE GOAL.>>Jenn: ONE OTHER MATCH GOING ON TODAY. WE ARE EARLY IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON. THE VISITORS TAKING AN EARLY V. STANGLE IN THE THIRD MINUTE TO GIVE THEM THE LEAD OVER RAIN FC. THE FOURTH WEEK FOR THAT TEAM. THE REIGN HAVE WON THE FIRST TWO OF THE WEEK. THIS IS THEIR THIRD IN THE WEEK. FOR PORTLAND, IT IS A BIG ONE WHERE YOU COULD GAIN OR LOSE A LOT OF POINTS. HEATH INTO THE END. AND THE SHOT IS BLOCKED BY LABBE.>>Angela: YOU SEE HOW MANY TIMES HEATH TURNED THERE.>>Jenn: BRYNJARSDOTTIR LOOKING. PURCE HAD HER TOUCH TAPPED OUT OF BOUNDS. IT WILL BE A CORNER.>>Angela: HERE IS THAT PLAY. HEATH MAKING MA MOVEMENT. TO THE LINE. LABBE DOING A NICE JOB COMING UP FOR THAT SAVE.>>Jenn: A MARK ON THAT SERVICE. SONNETT, GOOD WORK. KEEPS IT ALIVE. IT’S IN THE AIR! AND IT IS IN THE GOAL! PORTLAND IS EQUALIZED! LABBE STILL DOWN FOR NORTH CAROLINA. AND I’M NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHICH PLAYER IN WHICH JERSEY THAT BALL EVENTUALLY WENT OFF OF INTO THE GOAL. WE WILL GET ANOTHER LOOK. EITHER WAY, IT STANDS AS A GOAL. IT TIES THIS UP FOR PORTLAND. >>Angela: YOU SEE LABBE OFF HER LINE. CAN’T SEE AWAY WHAT CONTACT IS MADE THERE. THE DEFLECTION AS RASO SEES THAT IN. IT HITS OFF OF LABBE’S HAND TO GO INTO THE BACK. TRYING TO DO HER BEST TO GET BACK. JUST A MISCOMMUNICATION. BUT THAT LAST TOUCH, THAT COMES OFF LABBE’S LEFT HAND. >>Jenn: GOAL IS THE OFFICIAL RULING ON THAT ONE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTACT IN THERE. IT WAS FRIENDLY FIRE, IF YOU WILL. IT WAS A NORTH CAROLINA PLAYER WHO GOT INTO THE BODY OF LABBE.>>Angela: ALREADY RASO AND PURCE MAKING AN IMPACT IN THAT SECOND HALF. PUTTING THEMSELVES IN DANGEROUS POSITIONS. YOU SEE ANOTHER LOOK HERE. YEAH. LABBE COMES UP. YEAH, DEFINITELY HER LAST TOUCH, MATHIAS IN THERE WITH HER.>>Jenn: HORAN. THE MOMENTUM GOING THROUGH THE VEINS OF THE THORNS RIGHT NOW. SHE IS OFFSIDE!>>Angela: OFFSIDE OR NOT, JENN, DEFINITELY GETTING THIS CROWD TO THEIR FEET. THE GOOD FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YARDS BEHIND THE LAST DEFENDER THERE. >>AGAIN, ENERGY SHIFT, MOMENTUM SHIFT FOR THIS PORTLAND THORNS TEAM. >>Jenn: NO DOUBT. 13 GOALS LAST SEASON FOR LINDSEY HORAN. SHE WAS NAMED MVP OF THIS LEAGUE. SET A PORTLAND SINGLE-SEASON RECORD. ONE GOAL, ONE ASSIST. HER FIRST FIVE MATCHES THIS SEASON.>>Angela: GOOD DEFENSE THERE. HAMILTON.>>Jenn: WILLIAMS AND NORTH CAROLINA. NOW HINKLE.>>Angela: LOOK AT HOW YOU SAW ABOUT FIVE, SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS FOR PORTLAND GETTING BACK DEFENSIVELY INTO THAT BOX. CROWDING UP THAT SPACE. THAT TRANSITION IS A LOT QUICKER THAN WHAT WE WERE SEEING IN THE FIRST HALF.>>Jenn: PURCE. PUT IT IN THE BACK OF THE NET? IT WAS AN OFFSIDE CALL, SO IT DIDN’T COUNT. TOBIN HEATH. NO FOUL. BOOS RAINING DOWN FOR THE STANDS. WILLIAMS RUSHING THE OTHER WAY. LYNN WILLIAMS HAD AN OPEN GOAL. COULDN’T GET IT THERE.>>Angela: THIS TRANSITION GAME IS SO REAL RIGHT NOW. LOOK AT THIS BALL BY SAM MEWIS OVER THE TOP. WILLIAMS RUNNING ON TO IT. FRANCH TRYING TO GET THERE BEFORE, BUT WILLIAMS’ SPEED FANTASTIC, JUST MISSES THAT BALL. HEATH HERE BEING TAKEN DOWN A LITTLE BIT. YOU SEE THAT HAND BY MATHIAS COMING UP. MAYBE PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT LUCKY TO MISS A PENALTY ON THAT ONE, A PENALTY KICK.>>Jenn: ESPECIALLY ON THAT SECOND LOOK. YOU COULD REALLY SEE A LOT OF CONTACT WITH THE LEG. NOT MUCH WITH THE BALL. BUT THIS IS A MUCH MORE DANGEROUS LOOKING PORTLAND THORNS ATTACK, I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT, IN THE SECOND HALF.>>Angela: THAT MOVEMENT AND THE SPEED OF PLAY HAS DEFINITELY INCREASED TENFOLD FOR PORTLAND IN THE SECOND HALF. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SEEING A LOT MORE SUCCESS OUT OF THEM.>>Jenn: SINCLAIR TRIED TO LEAVE THAT FOR HEATH. INSTEAD IT GOES TO O’SULLIVAN. DUNN. FOR WILLIAMS. AND WILLIAMS HAS A CHANCE AGAIN! FRANCH KEEPING IT OUT OF THE GOAL.>>Angela: WILLIAMS LOOKING SO DANGEROUS. AGAIN THESE BALLS OVER THE TOP, BEHIND THE DEFENSIVE BACKLINE FROM DUNN THIS TIME, WILLIAMS TAKES A TOUCH INSIDE. FRANCH COMING UP. HUGE TO SAVE THIS ONE BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING BETWEEN WILLIAMS AND THAT GOAL BESIDES FRANCH. LOOK AT THE COMPOSURE THAT SHE HAS, AND THE QUICKNESS OF THAT REACTION.>>Jenn: PAUL RILEY SAID WE WERE NOT LETHAL ENOUGH IN FRONT OF GOAL. THAT IS TWO CHANCES IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES. LYNN WILLIAMS COULD HAVE PUT HER TEAM BACK ON TOP. THEY TEND TO RUE THOSE KINDS OF CHANCES, ESPECIALLY IN A MATCHUP WHEN YOU DON’T BUT THEM AWAY. >>Angela: DEFINITELY A LOT OF BODIES IN HER WAY. PERHAPS JUST A BALL ON THE GROUND, COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A BETTER OPTION IN THAT MOMENT. HAD TO MAKE THAT QUICK DECISION.>>Jenn: THERE IS NO QUIT ON EITHER SIDE. COMING RIGHT AT YOU FOR THAT ONE.>>Angela: ALMOST RAN INTO THE MICROPHONE THERE.>>Jenn: MUCH ANTICIPATION LEADING INTO THIS MATCH. CALLED A MONESTROUS MATCH BY PAUL RILEY EARLIER THIS WEEK. MARK PARSONS FOR PORTLAND REALIZING THIS ONE COULD EITHER PUT HIS TEAM BACK AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE OR DROP THEM DOWN. IT IS TIGHT AT THE TOP. CHICAGO RED STARS ARE LOOKING GOOD. THESE TWO TEAMS ARE TRYING TO STAY NEAR OR AT THE TOP. SINCLAIR WITH SOME TIME. HORAN TOUCHES IT TO HEATH. THAT WILL GO OUT FOR A CORNER. FOURTH CORNER KICK OF THE MATCH FOR PORTLAND. TOBIN HEATH MIS-HIT HER LAST ATTEMPT FROM THE CORNER FLAG. MORE DANGEROUS BALL THIS TEAM. SHE JUST HEADS IT OUT. THE LAST TWO NWSL CHAMPIONS MEETING HERE IN PROVIDENCE PARK IN PORTLAND, OREGON. OF COURSE WE FIND OURSELVES TIED AT ONE. NORTH CAROLINA TOOK THE EARLY LEAD IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. PORTLAND EQUALIZING IN THE 57th MINUTE. JENN HILDRETH, ANGELA HUCLES, MARISA PILLA, AND 25,218 OF OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS. THAT IS A NEW NWSL ATTENDANCE RECORD. THIS, MY FRIEND, IS WHAT WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER CAN LOOK LIKE.>>Angela: AND SHOULD LOOK LIKE.>>Jenn: MARISA, I KNOW IT FEELS LOUD UP HERE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE DOWN THERE.>>Marisa: THIS NWSL RECORD CROWD HAS REALLY BEEN BRINGING SO MUCH ENERGY. WE TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS CROWD WOULD BE FOR TODAY, AND RIGHT AFTER THAT EQUALIZING GOAL MY SOUND METER MAXED OUT OVER 100 DECIBELS, WHICH IS ABOUT THE EQUIVALENT OF BEING AT A ROCK CONCERT. SO IT IS LOUD DOWN HERE. BUT HEADING INTO TODAY, BOTH TEAMS TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THIS CROWD NOISE AND HELP PUMP UP THEIR ENERGY DURING THIS MATCH. >>Jenn: I IMAGINE IT PROBABLY WENT NEGATIVE ON THAT DECIBEL METER WHEN NORTH CAROLINA SCORED EARLY, MARISA. BUT, YEAH, IT DID GET LOUD. IT WAS AN OWN GOAL OFFICIALLY. ELIZABETH BALL FOR PORTLAND. THE NUMBERS ALREADY EARLIER THIS SEASON, PROVIDENCE PARK WITH THEIR EXPANDED SEATING, GETTING INTO SOME OF THOSE TOP ATTENDANCE NUMBERS. NOW THEY HOLD THAT TOP SPOT. AVERAGING BEFORE TODAY OVER 19,000 FANS PER GAME AT HOME, AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE AT HOME. KEEP THEM COMING. THIS STARTS A STRETCH OF SIX OF THEIR FINAL EIGHT AT PROVIDENCE PARK. DEBINHA. ABLE TO TURN. DUNN. HER SHOT BLOCKED BY MENGES. MEWIS. GOOD MOVE TO GIVE HERSELF SOME SPACE, BUT NOT ON TARGET. WE SEE SOME CHANGES COMING FOR NORTH CAROLINA. WE SHOWED YOU JESS McDONALD. A STALWART IN THAT MIDFIELD FOR THE COURAGE. YOU MENTIONED IT WAS O’SULLIVAN, WHEN YOU GO AWAY, YOU ARE NOT ASSURED OF GETTING YOUR SPOT BACK. DEBINHA, WHO STARTED MORE GAMES THAN JUST ABOUT ANYBODY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS LEAGUE, THE ODD WOMAN OUT IN MIDFIELD FOR THE COURAGE. >>Angela: THAT’S HOW GREAT THESE TEAMS ARE AND HOW COMPETITIVE THIS LEAGUE IS. EVERY SINGLE GAME IS A BATTLE. WHILE THESE TWO TEAMS ARE ALWAYS REPLICATING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP FEEL.>>Jenn: MENGES IS UNDER DUR US, BUT DIDN’T LOOK THAT WAY. SHE CALMLY HANDED IT BACK TO FRANCH. SINCLAIR MOVES IT ALL THE WAY OVER TO BALL. LOOKING FOR HORAN. ALWAYS A GREAT OPTION IN THE AREA. SHE TAKES MATHIAS DOWN. HEATH NOW ALSO DOWN FOR PORTLAND, BUT DUNN MOVING THE OTHER DIRECTION. AMBITIOUS. NOW THE REFEREE, JOHN FREEMAN, WILL BLOW THE WHISTLE TO TAKE A LOOK AT HEATH. YOU CAN SEE SHE HAS DEFINITELY GOT CUT ON THE LEG THERE.>>Angela: AND YOU CAN SEE DUNN IS GOING HERE. YOU DON’T ACTUALLY SEE ANYTHING ON THE LEG WHERE, CONTACT ON THE LEG WHERE WE DID SEE SOME OF THE BLOOD.>>Jenn: THAT MAY HAVE BEEN THERE FROM BEFORE. WE SHOWED YOU ALL THE FOULS IN THIS MATCH. MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED EARLIER IN THAT PLAY.>>Angela: A BIG CUT RIGHT THERE.>>Jenn: YEAH. NOW SUBSTITUTIONS WILL COME IN FOR NORTH CAROLINA. SO WE’VE SEEN THE SUBSTITUTIONS INJECT SOME OFFENSE INTO THE PORTLAND THORNS’ ATTACK. NOW MIGHT THESE CHANGES IMPACT NORTH CAROLINA? McDONALD WILL COME IN. REPLACING WILLIAMS UP TOP. WE SAID WILLIAMS HAD BEEN DEALING WITH A HAMSTRING INJURY, WAS ON LIMITED MINUTES TODAY. AND SUCH A GREAT LEADER. TWO TIME NWSL BEST 11 THE BAST TWO SEASONS, McCALL ZERBONI. JESS McDONALD ONE OF THE LEADING SCORERS ALL TIME ALONG WITH LYNN WILLIAMS AND CHRISTINE, SINCLAIR, IF YOU ARE KEEPING COUNT OF THOSE ON THE FIELD TODAY IN THIS LEAGUE. HEATH STILL RECEIVING SOME TREATMENT ON THE FIELD. WE’LL TAKE ANOTHER LOOK.>>Angela: YEAH, SHE HOLDS HER ANKLE. YOU CAN SEE THE CUT HIGHER UP ON HER LEG. ACTUALLY THE CLEAT DOESN’T GO ANY FURTHER THAN THE ANKLE. EVEN WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WITH THE BLOOD EXPOSED, YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE PLAYER OFF THE FIELD BEFORE RE-ENTRY.>>Jenn: SO HEATH WILL HEAD OFF. AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING. REMEMBER THAT PORTLAND HAS MADE TWO SUBSTITUTIONS, AS YOU SAW BOTH TEAMS NOW WITH JUST ONE CHANGE REMAINING.>>Angela: I DON’T THINK NORTH CAROLINA LOSES ANYTHING, ANY MOMENTUM WITH THE SUBS. I AM SURE THE HOPE IS TO GAIN SOME WITH THAT FRESH LEGS LOOK OUT OF JESS McDONALD, THE SPEED THAT SHE HAS. ZERBONI TRYING TO BREAK UP SOME OF THAT PLAY. >>Jenn: HEATH OBVIOUSLY BACK INTO THE MATCH MEENDLY BACK ON THE GROUND. ZERBONI DIDN’T TAKE LONG TO MAKE HER WAY INTO THE MATCH. SHE DOES LEAD THE LEAGUE IN FOULS COMMITTED, ZERBONI. >>Angela: ZERBONI IS A TOUGH DEFENDER. YOU SEE THE BALL IS PLAYED WELL BEFORE SHE MAKES CONTACT VERSUS HEATH. AGAIN, THIS IS A DANGEROUS POSITION FOR PORTLAND TO BE IN. GOOD OPPORTUNITY HERE FOR THEM.>>Jenn: UP TO BOTH OF THESE TEAMS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REGAIN SOME RHYTHM IN THIS ONE BECAUSE IT’S COMPLETELY BEEN BROKEN UP THESE LAST FEW MINUTES WITH THE INJURY TO HEATH, STOPPAGES, THE FOULS. NOW THE FREE KICK COMING. FOR THE THORNS. HORAN SCORING FOR THE U.S. IN THAT VICTORY LAST WEEKEND.>>Angela: THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOOK AT THIS ONE.>>Jenn: HORAN WILL INDEED GO FOR IT. BUT LABBE TAKING IT AWAY. REMINDER THAT WE WILL BE IN HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, NEXT WEEK AT THE NWSL ON ESPN RETURNING 1:00 P.M. EASTERN ON ESPNEWS. REIGN FC, SKY BLUE FC, BIG INTERNATIONAL NAMES ATTACHED TO BOTH OF THESE TEAMS. MEGAN RAPINOE, CARLI LLOYD. THAT WILL BE AT RED BULL ARENA IN HARRISON, NEW JERSEY. GET YOUR TICKETS AT NWSLSOCCER.COM. HER FIRST YEAR WITH THIS CAROLINA COURAGE TEAM. DID NOT PLAY IN THE NWSL LAST SEASON. STARTING GOALKEEPER AT THE WORLD CUP. SHE COULD BE DHAL OPENINGED HERE. OH! AND ERCEG SAYS COME ON BACK AND GET IT.>>Angela: WATCH THE SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM HORAN TO HEATH TO RASO. SO PERFECTLY IN. RASO NOT ABLE TO GET ENOUGH ON IT. LABBE MAKING THAT SAVE, THAT TOUCH, AND QUICKLY GETTING BACK UP TO HOLD ON TO THAT BALL.>>Jenn: IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN A LITTLE MORE SLANTED TO PORTLAND IN THE SECOND HALF. OBVIOUSLY, THEY GOT THE EQUALIZING GOAL IN THE 57th MINUTE. HERE IS McDONALD, HER FIRST REAL TOUCH, TO DEBINHA. MATHIAS. OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Angela: YOU SEE THIS BALL, HOW IT SLIPS IN SO NICELY. THE FIRST TOUCH FROM RASO ISN’T FAR ENOUGH TO THE LEFT IN ORDER TO PREVENT THAT CONTACT THERE. SO SHE IS NOT ABLE TO GET ENOUGH ON THE BALL AND THE PACE TO BEAT LABBE IN GOAL. JUST NICE POSSESSION AND ATTACKING PRESENCE OF MIND BY RASO THERE AS WELL.>>Jenn: HAMILTON. AND McDONALD. OFFSIDE.>>Angela: YEAH, YOU CAN SEE JUST A LITTLE BIT. McDONALD TRYING TO GET HERSELF BACK INTO POSITION. THAT QUICK TURN THERE TO GET THE BALL, BUT DEFINITELY A STEP OFFSIDE.>>Jenn: JESS McDONALD 43 GOALS ALL TIME IN HER NWSL CAREER. PLAYED FOR SIX DIFFERENT TEAMS IN FIVE YEARS. FOUND A HOME WITH THE COURAGE. HEATH. HOW MANY TEAMS, BY THE WAY, CAN BRING A U.S. NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER OFF THE BENCH INTO THEIR ATTACK? BOTH OF THESE TEAMS LOADED WITH INTERNATIONAL TALENT AS WELL AS U.S. TALENT. ONE OF FOUR U.S. PLAYERS FOR PORTLAND. THERE ARE ALSO FOUR U.S. PLAYERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA. A CHANCE OF EQUAL PAY NOW WE HEARD FROM THE STANDS. CRYSTAL DUNN, WHAT A RUN TO FIND HERSELF OPEN IN THE BOX. SHE’LL TAKE IT. SAVED. IT BOUNCES BACK, AND NOW FINALLY THE THORNS WILL GET A THROW.>>Angela: SHE FINDS HERSELF WITH SO MUCH SPACE. NO ONE IS COVERING THE BALL DEFENSIVELY THERE. AS SHE RECEIVED THIS BALL, SHE TURNED TO LOOK FOR A TEAMMATE TO PASS TO. SHE TAKES A STEP TOWARDS GOAL. WHY NOT? HAS A SHOT. HAS THAT ATTEMPT ON GOAL. YOU TALKED, JENN, ABOUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE BEING CREATED BY NORTH CAROLINA. ARE THEY ABLE TO ON VERT? AND NOT BE REGRETFUL OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES.>>Jenn: TOWARDS HAMILTON. HAMILTON. SINCLAIR’S FIRST LOOK WAS BACK, TRYING TO BUILD FROM THERE, BUT WINDS UP TURNING IT OVER. MATHIAS MAY BE FINALLY RUNNING OUT OF GAS A LITTLE BIT. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I DON’T THINK I SAW ANYBODY COMING OUT ON THAT OUTSIDE POSITION FOR NORTH CAROLINA. DUNN GETS IT BACK FOR McDONALD. HEATH GOT HERSELF INTO A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE WITH THAT FIRST TOUCH. THE FINAL TEN MINUTES OF THIS MATCH. IT WAS A 1-1 DRAW BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS EARLIER THIS SEASON IN JUNE WHEN BOTH WERE MISSING MANY OF THEIR WORLD CUP PLAYERS. ALL OF THEIR WORLD CUP PLAYERS, I SHOULD SAY. SFOORZ . >>Jenn: HAMILTON COULDN’T GET AROUND REYNOLDS. CAROLINA THROW.>>Angela: THINGS DO NOT SEEM TO BE COMING AS EASILY FOR NORTH CAROLINA IN THE ATTACK AS THEY DID EARLIER IN THIS MATCH. A LITTLE BIT OF MISCONNECTIONS THERE, NOT QUITE GETTING THE BALL PLAY AT THE FEET. MAKING THAT POSSESSION AS WELL AS THEY WERE DOING IN THAT FIRST HALF, I THINK.>>Jenn: HORAN TRYING TO HOLD OFF DUNN. DUNN COMMITTING THE FOUL. HER U.S. NATIONAL TEAM TEAMMATE. SAYING TO MARISA BEFORE THE MATCH, IT IS KIND OF TOUGH. IT’S BEEN SO LONG WITH YOUR TEAMMATES WEARING THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE OF THE U.S., AND THEN YOU COME BACK AND YOU HAVE TO FACE OFF AGAINST SOME OF YOUR CLUB. YOU HAD TO DO THAT, RIGHT?>>Angela: YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE ATHLETE. YOU HEARD HER SAY THIS IS THEIR JOB. THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWITCH THAT ON AND OFF VERY QUICKLY. >>Jenn: WELL, TALKING ABOUT INTERESTING CONNECTIONS, ANOTHER ONE BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS. CRYSTAL DUNN, HER HUSBAND IS THE HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR THE THORNS. SAW HER JUMP UP IN HIS ARMS AT TRAINING YESTERDAY. I MEAN, THAT GUY IS IN A TOUGH POSITION. HE CAN’T SAY ANYTHING AFTER THIS MATCH. BALL THROUGH. AND GOAL!>>Angela: THAT’S A LITTLE BIT UNLUCKY FOR PORTLAND, OR FOR NORTH CAROLINA, EXCUSE ME. BUT RASO PUTTING HAD HERSELF IN THE RIGHT POSITION, IN THE RIGHT TIME. TAKING A DEFLECTION. SINCLAIR PLAYS IT IN. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT HERE BY ERCEG, SHE IS THE LAST PLAYER TO ACTUALLY TOUCH THAT. I THINK IT’S AN OWN GOAL RIGHT HERE. >>Jenn: I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU. I AM VERY STINGY TO HAND THOSE OUT AGAINST GOALKEEPERS. I THINK THAT IS THE CORRECT GOAL. YOU GIVE A TON OF CREDIT TO HAYLEY RASO TO FORCE HER DEFENDER INTO AN AWKWARD POSITION. IT IS READ AS A VERY STRANGE SCORE LANE TO SEE TWO OWN GOALS TO THIS RIVALRY. >>Angela: AGAIN, YES, CREDIT TO RASO BECAUSE SHE IS PUTTING HERSELF IN THE RIGHT POSITION TO CREATE THAT TO EVEN HAPPEN. THAT OWN GOAL TO HAPPEN. CAUSING THAT CONFUSION BETWEEN THE DEFENDERS AND LABBE, THE GOALKEEPER. GIVE PARTIAL CREDIT TO HER.>>Jenn: SO THE 82nd MINUTE SEES THE THORNS TAKE THE LEAD. NOW IT IS UP TO NORTH CAROLINA TO RESPOND. THREE LOSSES ON THE SEASON FOR THE DEFENDING NWSL CHAMPIONS. ALL OF THEM ARE COME ON THE ROAD. THIS IS A TEAM THAT ONLY HAD FOUR ROAD LOSSES IN BOTH ’17 AND ’18 COMBINED. McDONALD. TOO MUCH. FINAL SUBSTITUTION ON THE WAY FOR PORTLAND. IT IS THE 19 RECALLED ELLIE CARPENTER WHO HAS BEEN OUT THE LAST THREE MATCHES DUE TO INJURY, AND A REGULAR STARTER FOR THIS TEAM. AND SHE WILL REPLACE ELIZABETH BALL.>>Angela: I JUST TALKED TO PORTLAND’S BENCH. >>Marisa: SHE WILL PROVIDE QUALITY AT THIS VITAL MOMENT OF THE MATCH. THEY SAID RIGHT NOW THEY WANT TO KEEP THIS 2-1 LEAD AND CLOSE OUT THE GAME. THEY WANT TO MAKE THE GAME A LITTLE MORE COMPACT AND MANAGE THE REST OF THE TIME ON THE CLOCK.>>Jenn: ELLIE CARPENTER CERTAINLY WILL PROVIDE THAT. YOUNGEST TO EVER PLAY IN THE NWSL. SHE MADE HER DEBATE LAST SEASON WHEN SHE WAS 18 YEARS OLD. JOINED ON THE FIRST DAY AS A STARTER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM. AND NOW HER JOB, HANG ON TO THIS SCORE LINE.>>Angela: YEAH, THE CLOSER.>>Jenn: ERCEG, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME, AS SHE JUST GOT IN THE WAY OF THAT ATTEMPT. MARK PARSONS SAYING IT HAD NOT BEEN THE WEEK THERE WAS, VERY LITTLE TRAINING TIME FOR THE TEAM, CARPENTER COULD HAVE STARTED THE MATCH. MATHIAS. TO FRANCH.>>Angela: MARK PARSONS ALSO MENTIONED DUE TO THE PHYSICAL NATURE, WHICH IS WHAT WE EXPECTED OUT OF THE MATCH IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS, DID HE WANT TO PUT CARPENTER IN THAT POSITION FOR HER FIRST GAME BACK AS WELL. >>Jenn: CERTAINLY A CONSIDERATION. NOT THE BEST OF DISTRIBUTION THERE FROM FRANCH. GAVE IT BACK TO NORTH CAROLINA. WE TALKED ABOUT THE LAST TWO CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS, BUT REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE TEN PLAYERS ON THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM WHO ARE ALSO A PART OF THE WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH TEAM THAT CAME IN AND WON AN EPIC MATCH SEMIFINAL IN 2016, BEAT THE THORNS IN OVERTIME. McDONALD GETS HER HEAD TO IT. FRANCH MAKES THE SAVE. McDONALD, THE HERO LAST YEAR IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR NORTH CAROLINA, NEARLY EVENING IT UP. WHAT A BIG-TIME SAVE.>>Angela: COMING UP HUGE IN BIG MOMENTS. THAT’S WHAT THAT TYPE OF GOALKEEPING SKILL AND QUALITY, INTERNATIONAL PLAYER CAN DO FOR YOU. >>Jenn: NINE SAVES IN THIS MATCH FOR FRANCH. THE TWO-TIME NWSL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR. McDONALD WITH THE LONG THROW. BACK TO FRANCH. AND SHE HANGS ON. THINK ABOUT HOW TOUGH IT WAS TO BE A BACKUP GOALKEEPER. THAT CAN BE A LONELY PLACE. THAT’S WHAT FRANCH WAS FOR THE U.S. BUT, BOY, SHE IS RUNNING THINGS HERE FOR PORTLAND.>>Angela: AND JUST THAT QUICKNESS, THAT REACTION TO HOLD ON TO THAT BALL, TO MAKE SURE SHE KEEPS HER TEAM SAFE. IN THESE FINAL MINUTES OF THE GAME.>>Jenn: HINKLE HELD OFF RASO. HAMILTON, IF SHE IS ON SIDE, WAS WIDE OPEN. HAS THE SHOT. HITS IT OUT OF BOUNDS. SHE IS OUR KEEPER, INDEED. THE CHANTS HERE AT PROVIDENCE PARK. >>Angela: PERHAPS PLAY OF THE WEEK HERE. >>>WHAT A SAVE BY FRAFRMG. HAMILTON STRIKES THIS. ABLE TO PUSH THAT ONE AWAY AND OUT OF DANGER.>>Jenn: WILL NORTH CAROLINA FIND A WAY TO CHALLENGE HER AGAIN IN THE FINAL MINUTES? THEY HAVE SOME SUBSTITUTIONS. O’REILLY. FORMER U.S. INTERNATIONAL PLAYER IN FOR NORTH CAROLINA. McDONALD GETTING TO THAT. VERY WELL DEFENDED BY PORTLAND. NOW DUNN’S ON TOP OF IT. O’REILLY REPLACING O’SULLIVAN FOR NORTH CAROLINA. SHE’LL MARK OUT SOME CHANGES TACTICALLY FOR THE COURAGE. THEY TRY TO MAKE A PUSH. NORTH CAROLINA WINNERS OF FIVE OF THE LAST SIX MATCHES. IN DANGER OF LOSING THEIR FOURTH MATCH OF THE SEASON. COULD NOT GET OUT OF THE PATH THERE. HE CERTAINLY TRIED. CARPENTER GOT TO ONLY AS FAR AS HEATHER O’REILLY. A BIG WIDE OPENING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD. HORAN RAN RIGHT INTO IT. DEBINHA. STILL WORKING HARD. LATE IN THE MATCH. THREE MINUTES OF STOFAGE TIME ADDED ON TO THIS ONE. DEBINHA. THE SERVICE. UP AND OVER ON TO LABBE.>>Angela: THIS IS ONE JESS McDONALD IS GOING TO WANT BACK. QUALITY SERVICE OUT OF THE HEATHER O’REILLY FROM THAT OUTSIDE RIGHT POSITION. McDONALD KNOWS SHE NEEDS TO DO BETTER WITH THAT. JUST MISSED THE GOAL.>>Jenn: RASO. A WIN FOR PORTLAND PUTS THE THORNS BACK AT THE TOP OF THE NWSL TABLE. THEY COULD NOT GET PAST THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM IN 2018. THE COURAGE WON ALL THREE OF THE MATCHUPS, INCLUDING THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. AND THIS YEAR THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE PLAYED IN KERRY, NORTH CAROLINA. WAKEMED SOCCER PARK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th, LIVE ON ESPN AT 3:30 P.M. EASTERN. YOU CAN LOG ON TO NWSLSOCCER.COM FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION. MIGHT WE BE GETTING A PREVIEW HERE TODAY OF WHAT THAT NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COULD LOOK LIKE? McDONALD’S LONG THROW HAS BEEN A TLORN IN THE SIDE OF PORTLAND BEFORE. SHE WILL HAVE TO PLAY IT TO HINKLE THIS TIME. DUNN SOMEHOW GOT TO THROUGH TO HAMILTON. IT WAS RIGHT ON HER BACK. MATHIAS. SERVICE TOWARDS McDONALD. FRANCH WITH THE BALL. AND AMIDST THE CHEERS OF THE CROWD, THE FINAL WHISTLE DOES BLOW. YOU CAN BARELY HEAR IT. PORTLAND GOES BACK TO GET THE WIN. AND FORGET SERVING UP REVENGE COLD. AT PROVIDENCE PARK WHERE NORTH CAROLINA IS VISITING, REVENG GLOWS RED HOT. PORTLAND TAKING A LITTLE BIT OF IT BACK AFTER LOSING THE CHAMPIONSHIP ON THEIR HOME FIELD TO THE COURAGE LAST SEASON.>>Angela: JUST THAT PERSISTENT EFFORT. STAYING THE COURSE. NOT ONLY EQUALIZE TO TAKE THE LEAD, AND HOW ABOUT FRANCH IN THE FINAL MOMENT MAKING THE AMAZING SAVE TO KEEP THAT WIN. >>Jenn: SPEAKING OF ADRIANNA FRANCH, SHE IS NOW WITH MARISA. >>Marisa: THIS IS THE FIRST COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY AT HOME FOR PORTLAND. WHAT CHANGED IN THE SECOND HALF?>>I THINK OUR MENTALITY. WE KNEW THAT BEING DOWN ONE, THAT’S NOT WHAT WE LIKE TO DO AT HOME. WE HAD TO FIND ANOTHER LEVEL. WE CAME TOGETHER. WE PUT PRESSURE ON THEM. WE TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME.>>Marisa: YOU MADE SOME INCREDIBLE SAVES AT THE END OF THIS MATCH WHEN NORTH CAROLINA WAS PUTTING SO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOU. WHAT DID YOU SEE IN THAT BUILD-UP AND HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO MAKE THOSE STOPS?>>IT’S MY JOB. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE TIMES THAT YOU DON’T SEE EVERYTHING, BUT YOU TRY TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN, UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO. BE BALANCED AND REACT.>>Marisa: THERE WAS A RECORD CROWD HERE TONIGHT, OVER 25,000 PEOPLE. THEY ARE CHEERING RIGHT NOW, SHE’S OUR KEEPER! HOW MUCH IS THAT HELP NEW THE SECOND HALF?>>YOU KNOW, OUR CROWD EVERY SINGLE TIME WE COME OUT HERE IS A DIFFERENCE MAKER. YOU LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT PERCENTAGES, LIKE WHEN WE SCORE AND WHEN WE DON’T, WE SCORE AT HOME. YOU HEAR THEM RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE LOUD, THEY’RE PROUD, AND THEY KEEP GOING THE ENTIRE GAME. THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT.>>Marisa: SO PROUD OF YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Jenn: YOU KNOW THAT BIG-TIME FROM SOMEONE TO SAY, OH YEAH, I JUST HAD TREMENDOUS SAVES. THAT’S JUST MY JOB. THAT’S WHAT I’M HERE TO DO. THAT’S WHAT SHE DOES IN THIS MATCH. SHE DID HER JOB, AND SO, TOO, DID PORTLAND, GETTING BACK WHERE THEY WANTED TO BE, AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE, SURPASSING THE CHICAGO RED STARS, NOW WITH 30 POINTS FOR PORTLAND. THEY PICK UP THEIR EIGHTH WIN OF THE SEASON AND SIT ATOP THE TABLE AT LEAST FOR NOW. I IMAGINE WE ARE NOT DONE SEEING CHANGES AT THE TOP AS IT HAS BEEN A GREAT FIGHT, ESPECIALLY AS ALL OF THESE WORLD CUP INTERNATIONAL CALIBER PLAYERS HAVE MADE THEIR WAY BACK INTO THE NWSL. A RECORD CROWD ON HAND HERE IN PROVIDENCE PARK TODAY FOR THIS ONE. OVER 25,000 STRONG. KEEP THEM COMING! WHY NOT IF YOU ARE GETTING ACTION LIKE THIS. WE WILL BE BACK TO WRAP THINGS UP FROM PROVIDENCE PARK AFTER THIS.>>Jenn: 2-1 THE FINAL SCORE AS THE PORTLAND THORNS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME. THEY TAKE DOWN THE DEFENDING NWSL CHAMPS, THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, AND A RECORD-SETTING NWSL CROWD STILL GOING STRONG. WE’VE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THE NWSL ON ESPN HERE FOR THIS MATCHUP. JENN HILDRETH, ANGELA HUCLES, MARCELA VALLADOLID, WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>YOU TALKED ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP QUALITY. THIS WAS FANTASTIC. THE ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM, THE COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN OUT OF PORTLAND AT HOME. JUST REALLY THAT PATIENCE TO BE ABLE TO PERSIST, TO STAY THROUGH IN THE MOMENT AND REALLY GIVE THIS CROWD WHAT THEY WANTED TONIGHT. >>Jenn: DO YOU PUT YOUR FINGER ON WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE CHANGED IN FAVOR OF PORTLAND AS THIS MATCH WENT TO?>>I THINK THEY GOT PISSED OFF. I THINK THEY WERE DOWN FROM BEHIND AND THEY KNEW THEY WANTED TO PLAY BETTER, KNEW THEY COULD PLAY BETTER. I THINK THAT SPEED OF PLAY WAS DEFINITELY SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT WE SAW FROM THE FIRST HALF TO THE SECOND HALF. THAT IMPROVED GREATLY OUT OF PORTLAND. >>Jenn: WHAT WAS NORTH CAROLINA DOING SO WELL EARLY THAT YOU KNOW THEY WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE A BIT MORE. >>Angela: THE PRESSURE THAT NORTH CAROLINA PUT ON PORTLAND WAS TREMENDOUS FROM THE START. OBVIOUSLY GETTING THAT EARLY GOAL WAS GREAT. I THINK AS THE GAME WORE ON A LITTLE BIT, THAT SHROUD DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE AND ALLOWED PORTLAND TO FIND SPACES AND PLAY THROUGH THE MIDFIELD AS WELL. >>Jenn: YOU MENTIONED THAT EARLY PRESSURE. PART OF THAT PRESSURE WAS ALL IN THE FOURTH MINUTE, NORTH CAROLINA. >>Angela: ABSOLUTELY. NOTHING MORE TO SQUASH THE OPEN DREAMS EARLY ON TO GET A GOAL AGAINST PORTLAND AT HOME. BUT JUST NICE PLAY HERE. YOU SEE HAMILTON GETTING IN LINE, THROWING THAT BALL OVER. AND DUNN IN THE RIGHT POSITION IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. LYNN WILLIAMS CAUSING SOME DISTRACTIONS. AND DUNN PUTTING THAT ONE AWAY NICELY TO PUT HER TEAM ON TOP ONE OAT. 1-0.>>Jenn: FINALLY, PORTLAND FINDING A WAY TO GET ON THE SCOREBOARD. >>Angela: SERVING THIS BALL IN THE BOX. AN INTERESTING GOAL OUT OF PORTLAND TONIGHT. BUT REALLY BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE, CAUSING THE DISTRACTION. RASO MAKING SURE THAT THAT BALL WENT IN THE BACK OF THE NET, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AN OWN GOAL. >>Jenn: WITH MINUTES REMAINING, 83rd MINUTE, PORTLAND PUTS THE PRESSURE ON AGAIN. >>Angela: I LOVE SEEING SINCLAIR IN THAT OFFENSIVE POSITIONING, SERVING THE BOX. LABBE TRYING TO GET A HAND ON IT. BUT RASO AGAIN IN THE RIGHT POSITION AS IT COMES OFF OF HER FOR ANOTHER. THE SECOND OWN GOAL OFF OF NORTH CAROLINA. PORTLAND WILL TAKE THAT.>>Jenn: SO A COUPLE OF OWN GOALS MAY BE TOUGH TO SWAUL OWE. BUT WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKE AWAY FOR BOTH OF THESE TEAMS? THESE ARE CERTAINLY TWO TEAMS YOU CAN EXPECT TO BE CONTENDING FOR THAT NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP. >>Angela: I THINK JUST DEFINITELY THAT BATTLE, THAT COMPETITIVE NATURE OUT OF BOTH OF THESE TEAMS TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT NORTH CAROLINA DID ON THE ROAD TO SCORE TO EARLY AGAINST A DANGEROUS PORTLAND THORNS TEAM. BUT THEN FOR PORTLAND TO COME BACK, SCORE THE EQUALIZER, GET THE SECOND GOAL TO WIN AT HOME WAS HUGE TONIGHT FROM THEM.>>Jenn: OVER 25,000 IN PROVIDENCE PARK. THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE EVEN AFTER THE GAME. SO YOU ARE UP NEXT, HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE ARE HEADED NEXT SUNDAY. LIVE ON ESPNEWS AT 1:00 P.M. EASTERN. MEGAN RAPINOE AND REIGN FC FACING OFF AGAINST CARLI LLOYD AND SKY BLUE FC. A RECORD HOME CLOUD FOR THE SKY BLUE TEAM FROM RED BULL ARENA. 2-1 THE FINAL SCORE TODAY. FOR ANGELA AND MARISA, I’M JENN HILDRETH. YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NWSL ON ESPN.

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