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Sophia Smith, Mal Pugh trade goals in Thorns-Red Stars draw

Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh (9) looks on during a NWSL match between the Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Stars on May 28, 2022 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Portland Thorns and Chicago Red Stars played to a 2-2 draw Saturday, with USWNT forwards Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh inking their names on the scoresheet.

Pugh kicked off the back-and-forth affair, putting her side up 1-0 in the fifth minute in a stunning individual effort. Charging at Portland’s backline, Pugh beat her defender before letting off a clinical finish.

Portland responded just one minute later with Hina Sugita firing a shot off a poor clearance by the Red Stars, converting on the Thorns’ corner kick.

Chicago reclaimed their lead in the 20th minute, with Rachel Hill getting in behind Portland’s defense to one-time the ball past the Thorns’ keeper.

The Red Stars’ lead lasted only until the 47th minute, with Sophia Smith notching the equalizer off a set-piece. Controlling a bouncing corner, Smith volleyed the ball over Alyssa Naeher to put the game at 2-2.

Saturday’s tie puts Portland’s record at 1-3-1 on the season, while Chicago logs a 2-1-1 start.