Menges, Long NWSL Champions

NWSL, Portland Thorns, Menges, Long
The 2017 NWSL Champion Portland Thorns. Photo: NWSL

Long Islanders Emily Menges and Allie Long have finished the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season as league champions.

Menges of Garden City, Long of Northport and their Portland Thorns teammates celebrated their league title following the Thorns 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. Menges played the entire match in Portland’s defense and Long was a substitute three minutes into stoppage time.

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Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring the match’s only goal in the 50th minute. Defender Emily Sonnett served a long free kick into the box. Horan slipped behind the Courage defense and was able to tap it with her foot over goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland to make it 1-0.

The Thorns backline held firm against North Carolina’s scoring threats Lynn Williams, Ashley Hatch and Jessica McDonald, especially late in the game as the Courage pushed for an equalizer.

“Our defense was incredible,” Horan said after the match.

In the 83rd minute, McDonald looked to have a great chance to even the match, but Menges came up with a game-saving block on her shot.