Then they produced some late magic to earn a third straight draw.
The first time Seattle’s Emerald City FC met Portland’s Rain the clubs battled to a 1:1 draw at Interbay when the visitors from the Rose City scored a late equalizer. Friday night at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver ECFC returned the favor.
The Rain led ECFC 1:0 at halftime when Nicole Strong’s free kick from the wing was headed back in front. Ellie Boon got there first for her third Rain goal of the year in the 42nd minute.
Nicole Strong made in 2:0 Portland on a 25-yard strike in the 60th minute. ECFC scrambled to stay in it and in the 72nd minute a corner kick created mayhem in front of the Portland goal. Several battles resulted in the ball being knocked in for the visitors. Heather Thomas (Seattle U) got the goal for the green and blue.
Casy Barrier ran on to a nice through ball in the 77th minute and finished calmly to bring Emerald City level. The match finished 2:2.
Emerald City is now 1-0-3 on the season after four matches, likely happy to escape with a valuable away point. The Rain moved into a first-place tie with the Spokane Shine, both having 8 points on 2-1-2 records. The Shine host the Rain Saturday in Spokane.