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Wow. Could be a deal-maker. Huge gut-out win!

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Whatever is to come, this squad has soul. So impressed tonight.

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Aug 21, 2023·edited Aug 21, 2023

Bixby has played big tonight. She's not facing world class attackers, but no matter. She has been decisive and quick to get down when needed.

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The feel-good win of the season!

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Aug 21, 2023·edited Aug 21, 2023

Folks, Betfort is going to be protected in expansion. Hubly is not.

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The first goal was crafted from four amazing touches:

1) Kuikka's lofted pass forward. Not only was it perfectly weighted to evade defenders, it had backspin so it landed short and didn't outrun Moultrie.

2) Moultrie's pass over the NC defender. She waited for the second bounce before making this pass, giving Betfort time to get into position for a run and then tapping it *just so* over the defender.

3) Betfort's scorpion-kick tap to set up her shot. Again this was masterfully done with perfect weighting so the ball was in front of her but didn't run to NC's keeper (Murphy).

4) Betfort's shot. I think this was done with the outside of her boot, surprising Murphy and giving her no chance at all of stopping it.

The whole sequence was a joy to watch.

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I haven't been too happy with Mike Norris this year, but I have to give him some credit here. Sinc was the right person to sub off for a central defender (Nally) after Hubly's red card. With only 10 players, the Thorns were going to have to run fast a whole lot, and our 40-year-old was the right one to remove. Plus we played with more defensive grit than I've seen in a while, and some of the credit for that has to go to Norris.

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Soph is gonna be in a BAD mood for the rest of this season.

Can't wait!

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Aug 21, 2023·edited Aug 21, 2023

BET-F**KING-FORT!!!!

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"Portland has looked really good right now, without Hubly..."

Hmmm....

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Yeah, I'm done with Hubly. Way too many of those kinds of errors this season. Completely unnecessary, and basically stops what had been a really promising start by the Thorns - certainly the best they'd looked in weeks.

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So... Nally WOTM?

Came on 22nd for Sinc, held it down for next 70 minutes as Thorns scored 2 and held NC scoreless for the remainder?

Joking, but still, she's gotta be given some love for helping out the effort.

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I think Hubs may have played herself to the bench. Assuming Becky comes back, I wouldn't be surprised if it's Becky and Menges back there to finish out the season.

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On vacation in Croatia rn so had to donate the season ticket to my dad, but what a nice surprise to wake up to after seeing the Hubly red. Absolute must win, and to do it in *that* way is mighty impressive. Happy as hell for Soph too; you could almost see the spectre of the World Cup leave her foot on that tap in. Great reception from the crowd as well.

And....Gotta say, I’m getting closer and closer to issuing a full mea culpa on Betfort- That touch and finish were filthyy. She’s improved so much technically and has taken (a little of) the sting out of passing on Bright for Izzy. Still wanna see her keep it up in a sub role, but signs are promising!

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Hope we carry this to Washington next week. Huge result tonight…IF we can internalize it…

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You know I was going to post at halftime that Soph was gonna come on and win the match but I was afraid of jinxing it.

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Omg I’m dying, my blood pressure y’all

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Hubs owes all of her teammates a weekend at the beach if they bail her out and pull out the win here.

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Holy shit, Smith!!!!

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We've been -1 since the 19th and yet we have 21 shots at halftime. Crazy!

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Let's hope the subs hold the lead, because this one is a regular season all-timer for the Thorns.

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What did that take, like 15 seconds for Sophia to score?

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Therapist me: it's still okay to hate NCC.

LFG!

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The crowded table is a little less crowded...

1. POR 28/16

2. NC 26/16

3. NJY 25/16

4. WAS 25/16

5. OLR 24/16

6. SD 24/16

7. ORL 22/16

8. LOU 20/16

9. HOU 19/16

10. ACFC 18/16

11. KC 18/16

12. CHI 16/16

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Holy shit!

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Smith in. I am guessing Soph has some things to prove. Do Thorns actually win this one?

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So the Timbers gang in our section of 109 jokes that every time i use the can a Timber scores. “G’wan, piss for a goal!” they kid me.

Tonight I needed more alcohol after Hubs got sent off.. So I went to get a beer…and I used the can.

As I’m washing up I hear a roar. I get back to 206 and my friends are like…”duuuude!” and nodding at my zipper.

So…there you have it. Betfort and me.

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Betfort needs a ventilator!

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Omg I am dead, this game!!!!!

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What a nice little pass. Good finish.

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Everybody else just go dark after Hubs's brainfarts gave the Courgettes a PK?

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OMMMG IM SO SAD I DIDNT GO

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If we can hang onto this point? I’ll be simultaneously pissed off and thrilled…

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Hubly's facial expression was more one of embarrassment than genuine disagreement/disbelief.

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God, if we can somehow get out of here with a point....

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Hell yeah.

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Playing a lot better than I would have expected. They're playing with a lot of heart and energy. Let's see what this looks like in another 40 minutes.

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I don’t understand why they didn’t put Reyes on and move Natu inside. Nally is so bad, we’ve literally not won 1 game when she’s played this season.

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With the way the table is shaking up (Orlando now on 22, in 7th place), we can't afford to keep dropping points.

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Do they know a bunch of us just watched the Timbers and they're trying to save us?

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Nally for Sinc is going help us not get run off the field 11 v 10???

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Starters are Bixby Kuikka Hubly Menges Kling Betfort Sinclair Weaver Moultrie Rocky Coffey.

Not exactly the fleetest of foot, but not bereft of soccer nous. So, let's see what happens here. Assuming they can breathe.

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Further evidence I'll not be a coach:

Would a starting front line of Weaver - Smith - Betfort make any sense? I'd love to watch how they defend Soph when she's protected by a brace of tall, rangy forwards who can score crazy goals themselves.

We now return you to the world we actually live in.

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Wow! Sounds like I missed a good one!!

I'm sure it's been posted about, so my apologies, but why did Hubs get a red so early?

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Porter and Soph coming in! Simultaneously excitement and dread for me.

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Lussi's goal was wicked.

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This is gonna be a looooong ugly hour.

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Yeah. NWSL site says stoppage for "Contentious Referee Decisions"

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Paramount minus

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