TUESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Thorns pick up three players in Boston Breakers NWSL dispersal draft


WESTERN OREGON 86, Concordia 72

WOU, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, handed the Cavaliers their 17th consecutive loss, despite a career-high 33 points by 6-7 senior forward Christopher Edward.

Jarrett Gray added 12 points and a career-best five steals for CU.

Concordia fell to 4-17 overall and 0-13 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Wolves improved to 20-1, 12-1 GNAC.


At the very least, the Portland Thorns added three intriguing depth players during Tuesday's National Women's Soccer League draft to disperse players who were on the Boston roster.

The Breakers ceased operations on Sunday.

With the fourth pick, Portland took 22-year-old forward Margaret Purce. The No. 9 pick in the 2017 NWSL draft out of Harvard, Purce had one goal and two assists in 22 games for Boston as a rookie.

With the 15th pick in the dispersal draft, Portland picked up veteran midfielder Angela Salem. The 29-year-old led Boston in minutes played last season and has appeared in more than 100 NWSL matches.

With the 22nd pick, Portland took 5-10 forward Ifeona Onumonu. She was the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NWSL draft after playing at California, where she was all-Pac-12 three times. She played in 18 games and had one assist as a rookie with Boston.

The top three picks ahead of Portland were U.S. national team midfielder Rose Lavelle to the Washington Spirit (after swapping picks with Sky Blue FC), forward Savannah McCaskill to Sky Blue, and defender Megan Oyster to Seattle.

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