Aussies Abroad: Raso helps Portland soar clear in record-breaking NWSL classic

Westfield Matildas are reigning supreme in the National Women's Soccer League, with Hayley Raso, Ellie Carpenter and Caitlin Foord grabbing top spot on Monday morning.

The three Australians were all involved as two own goals helped Portland Thorns beat North Carolina Courage 2-1 in front of a league-record 25,218 fans at Providence Park.

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North Carolina forward Crystal Dunn broke the deadlock after four minutes but the Thorns drew level when Courage ‘keeper Stephanie Labbe spilled a cross into her own net.

Then, having seen her snapshot tipped away by Labbe earlier in the half, Raso latched on to Christine Sinclair’s cross at the near post, with the ball eventually creeping over the line off defender Abby Erceg’s knee.

Portland shot stopper Adrianna Franch made a club record 10 saves in the win as Portland leapfrogged Chicago Red Stars into first position.

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Westfield Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley was also involved in Monday morning NWSL action, but her Reign FC side were beaten 3-1 by a resurgent Utah Royals.

Reign’s Shea Groom had cancelled out Katie Stengel’s opener for Utah but the Royals roared back through second half strikers from Lo’eau LaBonta and Amy Rodriguez to move two points behind their Seattle-based opponents.