Thorns goalie Bella Bixby’s dad died ahead of NWSL semifinals

Bella Bixby of the Portland Thorns

Bella Bixby’s daddy passed away by suicide recently, something she stated she could not keep in any longer after Portland was removed from the NWSL playoffs Sunday afternoon. (Amy Kontras/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Portland Thorns goalie Bella Bixby required to Twitter on Sunday night following their upset loss to the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL semifinals, and exposed that her daddy passed away by suicide recently.

Bixby, though not blaming the loss on that, stated she broke down after the video game and couldn’t conceal it any longer.

“I don’t feel like I owe anyone an explanation, but I do feel like I’m ready to say it,” she composed. “My father died this week by suicide. And I’ve surprised myself how strong I’ve been, but I couldn’t hold it in anymore. My playing for this city meant so much to him.

“I think regardless of the outcome tonight, I would’ve broke down — you can only hold it in for so long.”

Bixby and the Thorns was up to the Red Stars 2-0 on Sunday, ending their season after numerous anticipated them to bet the NWSL title. Portland outshot Chicago 21-5 in the match, however Kate Johnson scored in the 37th minute and Sarah Woldmoe got another one past Bixby in the 59th minute.

That shot, from the corner, hardly snuck previous Bixby at the post and in some way made its method into the web.

The Red Stars will now handle the Washington Spirit in the champion match.

Bixby completed her 2nd season with the Thorns. She permitted 11 objectives in 16 starts.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.