On May 6, in a place she used to call home, Crystal Dunn scored two goals for the Portland Thorns.

The goals got the headlines after that 3-3 draw with the Courage in Cary, North Carolina. But from Dunn’s perspective, the big accomplishment was going the distance for a full match. Repeating that 90-minute performance six days later was even more fulfilling.

Paul Danzer is a sports reporter based in Portland, Ore.

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