Needing a resounding win the Thorns got just what they needed – The Chicago Red Stars came to town.
Portland went medieval on the hapless visitors, thumping three past them in the first half hour and cruising to a 4-nil win.
Our punters profited from the pummeling, too; two players – Daniel Stratton and Thrakkorzog – got the exact scoreline, and nearly everyone got something out of the hurley-burley.
Of the two top savants Daniel Stratton edged Thrakkorzog by a single point for guessing one more assist. SincFan was scarily prescient with a tale about Kling exhorting the squad to “just play” and find their fun (which sort of devolved into mayhem, but that’s Tori Penso for ya…) to nick the story points.
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Thrakkorzog continued a string of hitting it big between lulls to jump out to a seven-point lead on the table; the remaining five players (Constant Weeder and Timber Dave seem to have kind of drifted away…) are tight in the race for second, and there’s still a lot of season to go.
This week is a sorta-short-rest; Friday the team has to meet San Diego in SoCal. The Wave are coming off a 0-3 demolition of Houston but have been up and down recently; before that last game and a similar beatdown of the hapless Current the week before the Wave had dropped two in a row; losing away to the then-unbeaten Spirit in May, but more shockingly dropping a 1-3 clanger to Orlando at the end of April.
The Wave are are level on points with Portland (15) and even on GA (10), but the Wave have found goals harder to come by, so they’re third on GD because of GF (15 vs 22). Part of San Diego’s problems are their sick list:
Abby Dahlkemper (SEI – back)
Meggie Dougherty Howard (thigh)
Giovanna DeMarco (knee)
Taylor Kornieck (abdomen)
Emily van Egmond (back)
Kelsey Turnbow (back)
Makenzy Doniak (thigh)
This should still be a clash of the top-of-the-table titans, and I think a lot will depend on whose backline can lock down the other earliest and longest.
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.