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Sophia Smith scores the quickest goal in team history in 32 seconds as Portland wins on road.

PMG FILE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Sophia Smith, shown here in a match against Chicago earlier in the season, scored the quickest goal in Portland Thorns' history, in 32 seconds as Portland won at Houston.The Portland Thorns beat Houston 1-0 in NWSL play Saturday in Texas, and made history in the process.

Sophia Smith scored the quickest goal in club history — just 32 seconds into the contest.

From there, the Thorns (7-3-1) played great defense, giving up just two shots on goal, to hand Houston (5-5-1) its first home loss.

The Thorns are unbeaten in four consecutive matches, and they've won six of their past eight matches. It was their NWSL-best seventh shutout.

On Smith's goal, with a high line of pressure on the Dash, Simone Charley forced a turnover deep in Houston's end. A quick pass from Marissa Everett sent Smith charging through the Dash penalty area and she scored her second goal in two games.

The previous quickest goal in Thorns history was 33 seconds by Jessica McDonald in 2014.

Goalie Bella Bixby made a clutch save in second-half stoppage time.

Portland plays Kansas City NWSL on Aug. 1 at Providence Park.


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