Women's football: The Portland Fighting Shockwave capped their regular season with a game that featured playoff intensity.
Tess Bair caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Hollie Petrie in the second overtime possession as the Shockwave edged the Southern Oregon Lady Gades 34-28 in a Women's Football Alliance game on Saturday at Roosevelt High.
The Fighting Shockwave finished their regular season 7-1. They qualified for the WFA Division I playoffs, but will not participate because of injuries. Their only loss was to the Cali War in Los Angeles, the team they would have faced in the first playoff game.
Three significant injuries in Saturday's game further hampered a roster impacted by injuries. Gabby Johnson, the top rusher in the nation, was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Hailey Petit suffered a broken ankle and Tia Cunningham a broken leg.
The winning play came on Saturday after Portland's Morgan McCarthy recovered a Southern Oregon fumble on the visitors second OT possession.
The game went to OT because Southern Oregon scored on a 41-yard pass play with five seconds left in the fourth quarter. A bobbled snap on the point-after kept the score tied at 28-28.
The Fighting Shockwave led 14-7 at halftime with Sarah Malone and Petrie scoring on short runs and Bair kicking the extra points.
A 6-yard Malone touchdown run put Portland up 21-14 in the third quarter and a 14-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter by Pernille Mortensen made it 28-14.
Southern Oregon responded with a touchdown drive to pull within 28-22, converting the two-point conversion after the kick attempt was blocked.
Neither team scored on its first overtime possession.
Portland's women's tackle football team will have tryouts for the 2020 season in November or December.
Soccer: The eighth FIFA Women's World Cup begins Friday when host France plays South Korea at noon Pacific.
The United States begins group play at noon PT Tuesday against Thailand.
Most of the matches start from 6 a.m. to noon PT.
Nine Portland Thorns are in the tournament. The United States roster includes Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch. The Australian roster includes Caitlin Foord, Hayley Raso and Ellie Carpenter. Christine Sinclair is the captain for Canada. Andressinha plays for Brazil.
The tournament involves 24 teams, 16 of which will qualify for the knockout phase. FOX networks will televise each game, with Fox Sports 1 and KPTV (12) the primary Portland outlets.
The U.S. is favored to repeat as champion, which would be its fourth world championship. Oddsmakers list France, Germany and England (in that order) as teams with the best chance to challenge. One of the star players for France is former Thorns midfielder Amandine Henry.
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