The Portland Thorns tied FC Kansas City 1–1 on Saturday after an equalizer from goalkeeper Michelle Betos off a stoppage-time corner kick at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
After making a save on her end in the fourth minute of extra time, Betos ran upfield for what looked to be one of the Thorns’ final chances for the equalizer. Teammate Allie Long fired the corner and Betos dove forward for a strong header that flew by FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
“I don’t think I was marked very well. I mean, I probably wouldn’t have marked me either,” Betos told The Oregonian. “I actually didn’t even know it went in.
“That’s as much as I can remember. I don’t think I’ve scored a goal in practice.”
FC Kansas City scored first on a header by Sarah Hagen that got past Betos in the 51st minute.
After nine matches, the Thorns are 2–3–4 with 10 points. FC Kansas City is 3–4–2 over 11 matches with 11 points.
Defensively, Betos entered Saturday sixth among NWSL goalkeepers with a 1.000 goals against average (five goals allowed with 18 saves on 41 shots).
- Mike Fiammetta