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Portland Thorns take down Washington Spirit 2-1 for 4th straight NWSL victory

By Associated Press
Published: May 4, 2024, 10:17pm

Sam Coffey and Christine Sinclair scored early goals and the Portland Thorns earned a 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit on Saturday night in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Lena Silano scored for the Spirit (5-3-0) late in the second half.

Portland opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Hina Sugita beat her defender into the box and cut the ball back for Coffey, who ran onto it and finished into the right corner.

Isabella Obaze flicked a free kick into the box in the 22nd minute and Sinclair got to the ball right before goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury to double Portland’s lead.

Silano headed in Trinity Rodman’s cross in the 86th minute.

After starting the season slow, the Thorns (4-3-1) have now won four straight games.

“We’re playing with a different kind of energy and a different kind of fire,” Coffey said about Portland’s run under interim head coach Rob Gale.