Another match, another four goals. Yawn.
Or…not. This one was sort of “75 minutes of fun, a quarter-hour of terror”. The Thorns slapped Kansas City down hard for the first half then came out after the break to find a Current who – had they been able to hit water/boat etc – could easily have equalized and DID nick a goal in the first fifteen minutes from the restart.
Coach Norris made a triple sub on the hour that helped tamp down the fire and then Sophia Smith pissed on it and the Thorns ran off 1-4 and to the top of the table on GD.
This coming weekend is a FIFA break week, and we won’t see the Thorns again until April 14th, when the Houston Dash comes into town looking for a followup to their 1-2 win at Bridgetown. Three points would skip them over Portland into second (assuming San Diego whips Seattle in Seattle, not a foregone conclusion!).
I have to apologize to Constant Weeder and the punters for my math skills; I added an extra phantom two points from some blank space in my head. The correct total of six puts SincFan’s at top of OUR table, but with no more than two points between the top five.
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All our punters got the win, and, again, none of them were willing to go four goals beyond. ABell4 got the Coffey-to-Dunn goal/assist, and both SincFan and Thrakkorzog guessed that in her hat Smith had an unassisted goal, so even Roses’ caffeine-rich tale nicking the extra two couldn’t put anyone over the top for the match, although SincFan combined his two-match totals to break a point clear of the pack, but not by much.
Several of our players will be in action against the Irish this coming weekend, so let’s root for no-injuries there.
And let’s not forget that AFTER the Houston match the ridiculous Challenge Cup gimmick kicks in; the Thorns travel to San Diego five days after Houston here. Then three days later have to meet Louisville back in Portland. I suspecct we’ll see some rotation between those three…
How all this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Kuikka (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Jess Fishlock
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Madison Pogarch for mimicking mooning the referee after getting an undeserved yellow.
Make your fun prediction,and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy:“Pogarch gets the start against her former club. She gets through 70 minutes without fouling her former teammates until she can’t take it anymore. She pushes over Hina, gives Weaver a wedgie, gives Sinc a noogie, then flips off the Riveters and runs out of Providence Park, never to be seen again. The ref issues a red card, which she later contests, and loses.” (h/t to ABell4)
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.