(AP) – Katie Stengel scored the lone goal in the 107th minute to put Gotham through to its first NWSL final over the Thorns at Portland’s Providence Park.

The two teams played a physical, defensive battle in periodic downpours before Stengel’s goal — combining for just six shots on target while also being whistled for 38 fouls.

After a scoreless 90 minutes, the match went to 30 minutes of extra time. With 13 minutes to go, substitute Stengel curled a shot into the upper left corner from the top of the box, beating an outstretched Shelby Ann Hogan in goal for Portland.

“I think I’m still dreaming,” Stengel said after the match. “I’m shocked it actually went in and we get to go to San Diego.”

Portland Thorns hosted Gotham FC in the NWSL semi-finals, November 5, 2023 (CBS Sports)
Portland Thorns hosted Gotham FC in the NWSL semi-finals, November 5, 2023 (CBS Sports)

In the other semifinal, Veronica Latsko’s second-half goal was all OL Reign needed to defeat the San Diego Wave 1-0 and earn a spot in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game.

The Reign will face Gotham FC for the league title on Saturday at San Diego’s Snapdragon Stadium.

Neither team has won an NWSL final, which means the league will have a new champion in its 11th season.

In the 47th minute, Latsko sent a long cross into the box from the right side. It looped over the head of Kailen Sheridan and slipped into the far-post corner. Latsko also scored the lone goal in the Reign’s quarterfinal win.

The Reign held the Wave, the 2023 NWSL Shield winner, to just two shots in the first half and defended as a team after Latsko’s goal to earn the shutout win on San Diego’s home field.

“I thought we defended really well. This group has worked so hard this year, and to finally get back to where we believe we belong is just an unbelievable feeling,” coach Laura Harvey said after the final whistle.

The wins for Gotham and the Reign ensure that Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger both end their careers in a championship match. Both longtime NWSL and U.S. women’s national team players will retire after the final.