Thorns top Breakers with late goal



Meleana Shim scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute, and Alex Morgan added a goal and an assist for Portland Thorns FC in a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the Boston Breakers in front of a sellout crowd 2,978 at Dilboy Stadium on Sunday in Somerville, Mass.

Shim recorded her third goal of the year and is the fourth Thorns FC player to register a goal in consecutive matches this season.

Morgan, who registered a goal and an assist in a match for the second time this season, tallied the equalizer for Portland in the 24th minute.

Boston’s Lianne Sanderson scored the opening goal of the match in the 13th minute.

The Thorns (9-4-3) moved to within one point of first place in the National Women’s Soccer League. Portland improved its league-best road record to 5-1-2 and earned its first come-from-behind win of the season.

Portland goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, the reigning NWSL Player of the Week, made four saves. She made back-to-back stops in the 64th and 67th minutes to preserve the 1-1 tie.

Boston registered eight shots (five on goal), but was unable to break down the Thorns defense over the final 25 minutes of the match.

The Thorns return to Portland for a nationally televised home game on Fox Soccer Channel against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, July 28, at Jeld-Wen Field. Kickoff is 4 p.m.