After two clutch second half goals and some impressive heroics from goalkeeper Shelby Hogan, Portland Thorns FC took down the Houston Dash in the semifinal of the WICC, winning the penalty kicks 3-1. Natalia Kuikka and Olivia Moultrie scored the goals that tied things up for Portland and forced PKs.
The Thorns and the Dash took the field after Olympique Lyonnais’s thrilling 3-2 win over reigning European champions FC Barcelona. Thorns’ coach Mark Parsons selected a heavily rotated lineup. Shelby Hogan started the match in goal, making her Portland Thorns debut.
The Thorns tried to play their brand of soccer.