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Tyler Lussi powers North Carolina to win over Portland Thorns in NWSL

By Associated Press
Published: April 13, 2024, 10:05pm

Tyler Lussi had a goal and an assist as the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-0 in the National Women’s Soccer League on Saturday night.

Just five minutes into the match, Ashley Sanchez’s corner kick took one bounce before Lussi slipped a shot into the left corner.

Portland nearly tied it when Morgan Weaver sent a through ball to Sophia Smith, but her shot went inches wide.

In the 35th minute, Lussi took a shot from distance that appeared to be heading wide before Haley Hopkins headed it in from close range.

North Carolina (3-1-0) earned its 100th win. The club is now unbeaten in 12 straight regular-season home matches at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

The Thorns (0-3-1) currently sit at the bottom of the league with just one point after four matches.