Horan free kick nets Thorns a draw
Lindsey Horan scored on a free kick from almost 30 yards out in stoppage time as the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in National Women's Soccer League action.
The Thorns dominated possession in the second half of the match at Houston, but could not find the target until Horan curved a perfect shot from straight away into the upper left corner of the goal in the 91st minute.
Portland has five wins, four losses and four draws on the season and plays its next three games at home. With 19 points, the Thorns remain in fifth place but are within one point of fourth-place Seattle.
Houston (4-7-2, 14 points) scored in the eighth minute in transition. Janine Beckie converted with a first-time strike from 14 yards out.
Saturday's match was delayed about 90 minutes because of severe weather in Houston. The Dash created their best chances from transition opportunities, many of them created by Carli Lloyd.
Houston's early goal came in transition. Portland had six players back to defend the Dash on the play, buy a pass from Rachel Daly rolled past Allie Long to the onrushing and unmarked Beckie who placed a low shot inside the left post.
Despite controlling 58.7 percent of possession — and playing most of the second half on the attack — the Thorns had few clean looks at goal.
They did have an argument for a penalty kick in the 67th minute when Tyler Lussi dribbled into the penalty area and was knocked to the ground by a Houston defender. But referee Christina Unkel waved off calls for a penalty.
Lussi was active in her NWSL debut after coming on as a forward in the second half replacing midfielder Mana Shim.
Christine Sinclair, who saw Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell make a lunging stop on a first-half chance, had a look from the top of the box whip wide in the second half.
The Dash had three dangerous chances in the second half, two of them in transition. That included a 71st minute chance for Prince, who was one-on-one with Portland goalkeeper Adrianna France off a through pass from Lloyd. Coming off her line, Franch was able to smother the ball at Prince's foot before a shot was attempted.
Lloyd also had a open shot from inside the 18-yard box miss wide. Lloyd's night ended when she was shown a red card for endagering an opponent with a high kick just moments after Horan's tying goal.
Ashley Herndon made her NWSL debut for Portland, coming on as an 84th minute replacement for Hayley Raso.
Horan's goal was her third of the season.
The Thorns play host to first place North Carolina at 12:30 p.m. on July 15, the first of three home games in a row for Portland.