Canadian Sophie Schmidt's goal seals Houston Dash's victory over Portland Thorns
Defender from Abbotsford, B.C., adds final blow in 2-0 road win
Canada's Sophie Schmidt scored in the second half to help the Houston Dash defeat hosts Portland Thorns 2-0 in National Women's Soccer League soccer action on Saturday at Providence Park.
The 33-year-old defender from Abbotsford, B.C., fired a powerful shot from the right side past the goalkeeper in the 66th minute to seal the victory for Houston.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/hay_hanson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hay_hanson</a> 🔗 <a href="https://twitter.com/sophieschmidt13?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sophieschmidt13</a><br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HoustonDash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HoustonDash</a> double their advantage!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PORvHOU?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PORvHOU</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CueTheChaos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CueTheChaos</a> <a href="https://t.co/aBaNI7bOFq">pic.twitter.com/aBaNI7bOFq</a>—@NWSL
Fellow Canadian Nichelle Prince assisted Rachael Daly late in the first half to put Houston (2-1-1) up before halftime. Allysha Chapman of Courtice, Ont., played the full game to help claim the win.
Also on Saturday, Angel City FC defeated the visiting Kansas City Current 1-0 with an own goal by Taylor Leach.
Vanessa Gilles of Châteauguay, Que., played the full game for Angel City (3-0-1), while fellow Canadians Desiree Scott and Victoria Pickett did the same for the Current (0-3-1).