Rose Lavelle lifts OL Reign over Portland Thorns and into first place

Rose Lavelle #16 of the OL Reign celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Portland Thorns at Providence Park on April 02, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)

The latest iteration of the Cascadia rivalry was short on shots but packed with drama, as Rose Lavelle lifted OL Reign to victory with a late-game push.

Saturday’s matchup was gridlocked until the 74th minute, when Lavelle received a well-paced through ball from Jess Fishlock and fired a rocket past Thorns keeper Abby Smith for the 1-0 lead.

The 1-0 scoreline held until the final whistle despite Portland’s best efforts, rewarding OL Reign three points in the Challenge Cup standings.

OL Reign now sits atop the West Division, while Portland fell to second place.