Long’s PK earns Thorns 1-1 draw at Sky Blue



PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Midfielder Allie Long scored in a second straight match, converting a penalty kick in the second half, to help Portland Thorns FC earn a point on the road in a comeback, 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on Saturday.

The Thorns (1-0-1) had the better of the chances throughout the match, but Sky Blue, playing in their home opener, claimed the lead off a corner kick in the 25th minute on a goal by Christie Rampone.

Portland controlled the run of play in the second half and leveled the score in the 75th minute on a penalty kick after Sky Blue (0-0-2) was called for a handball in the box.

The Thorns outshot Sky Blue, 18-10, and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Thorns return Portland for their 2014 home opener on Saturday, April 26, as they play host to FC Kansas City at Providence Park at 7 p.m.