Women Football WATCH: Kundananji with goal and assist as Bay FC lose to Portland Thorns

Copper Queens forward Racheal Kundananji scored with a sublime finish and laid an assist for Bay FC in their 3-2 National Women’s Soccer League defeat against Portland Thorns at PayPal Park on Wednesday.

Playing their first game of a two-game homestand, Bay FC fell behind 2-0 early in the first half against Portland Thorns FC. Bay FC answered with a goal at the end of the first half to make it a 2-1 scoreline and leveled the match in the 60th minute, but Portland found the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to sneak past Bay FC 3-2 at PayPal Park on Wednesday night.

Portland scored goals in the second and seventh minute of the match to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Bay FC answered back to make it 2-1 with a late first-half goal through Racheal Kundananji as Joelle Anderson notched her team-leading second assist of the 2024 season. The goal was the second of Kundananji’s Bay FC career.

Continuing to push, Bay FC leveled the match in the 60th minute as Kundananji became the first player in Bay FC history to register a goal and an assist in the same match. Making a mazy run down the right side of the field, Kundananji delivered the finishing pass to Deyna Castellanos, who leveled the score at 2-2 with her second goal of the 2024 season.

Bay FC searched to find the game-winner, outshooting Portland by a margin of 12-4 in the second half, while also controlling the game with 63 percent of the possession, but Thorns FC found a late winner through Sophia Smith in the 78th minute.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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