Portland Thorns FC POR

12‑6‑6 , 6‑3‑3 Home

2
Final
Wed, Aug 22

Sky Blue FCNJ

1‑17‑6 , 0‑8‑4 Away

1

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 17,986

Thorns clinch playoff berth with 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC

The Thorns are the third team to clinch a spot in the postseason

Portland Thorns FC clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC in front of a crowd of 17,986 fans at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

The win improves the Thorns to 10-6-6 with 36 points. They are the third team to clinch one of the four playoff spots, joining the North Carolina Courage and Seattle Reign FC in the postseason. It’s the third straight postseason appearance for the Thorns, and fifth in six NWSL seasons.

Sky Blue FC are still in search of their first win of the season as they dropped to 0-15-5 (5 points) with the loss. They have four games remaining in the season.

The Thorns took the lead in the 13th minute when Christine Sinclair converted a penalty kick for her ninth goal of the season. Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan earned the penalty kick after a collision with Erica Skroski just at the edge of the penalty area.

Sinclair stepped up to take the penalty, sending it to the left of the goal and catching Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan unable to make a move towards the ball.

The Thorns doubled the lead in the second half on a set piece goal. Sky Blue FC’s Madison Tiernan fouled Hayley Raso just outside the penalty box on the right wing. Tobin Heath sent the ball into the box and in the direction of Horan, but the ball went over everyone and bounced into the net at the far post.

Sky Blue FC had a good chance to get on the scoresheet in the 75th minute on a Savannah McCaskill corner kick, but the crossbar denied Madison Tiernan’s header.

Sky Blue did eventually get their goal in the 85th minute on a strike from midfielder Sarah Killion, her first score of the season.

The Thorns clinch a playoff spot as only two teams have a max possible points of 36 or higher  — the Chicago Red Stars (max 40) and Orlando Pride (max 36). The Thorns hold the tiebreakers with both teams, and it’s not possible for all three teams to end up tied at 36 points.

The match was played amidst smoke in the Portland area due to wildfires. The NWSL added extra hydration breaks (at 15′, 30′, 60′ and 75′) and had oxygen tanks on the sidelines due to poor air quality.

The Thorns controlled possession in the match 59.3% to 40.7%. Both teams held high shot totals — 20 for the Thorns and 14 for Sky Blue FC. Portland had the advantage in shots on goal, 9-5.

Thorns forward Caitlin Foord earned her first start of the season in her fourth appearance since making her season debut on August 5.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
15

Ellie Carpenter

Defender
10

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
12

Christine Sinclair

Midfielder
  13'
30

Celeste Boureille

Midfielder
17

Tobin Heath

Striker
  79'   54'
9

Caitlin Foord

Striker
  59'
21

Hayley Raso

Striker
  75'

substitutes

27

Elizabeth Ball

Substitute
8

Andressinha

Substitute
  79'
7

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic

Substitute
  59'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
34

Tyler Lussi

Substitute
23

Margaret Purce

Substitute
  75'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
73

Madison Tiernan

Defender
  41'
9

Amanda Frisbie

Defender
17

Dominique Richardson

Defender
31

Christina Gibbons

Defender
8

Erica Skroski

Midfielder
  63'
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
  84'
11

Raquel Rodriguez

Midfielder
21

Savannah McCaskill

Midfielder
  67'   78'
10

Carli Lloyd

Striker
14

Katlyn Johnson

Striker
  75'   84'

substitutes

27

Caroline Casey

Substitute
28

Imani Dorsey

Substitute
  63'
22

Mandy Freeman

Substitute
6

Shea Groom

Substitute
  78'
7

Jennifer Hoy

Substitute
  88'   84'
2

McKenzie Meehan

Substitute
29

Amandine Pierre-Louis

Substitute

manager

 

Denise Reddy

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 2, Sky Blue 1.

90'+8'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 2, Sky Blue 1.

90'+8'

FREE KICK WON

Emily Menges (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+8'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue).

90'+8'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

90'+7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

90'+7'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+6'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Imani Dorsey.

90'+5'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andressinha.

90'+4'

FREE KICK WON

Emily Menges (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Shea Groom (Sky Blue).

90'+4'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Celeste Boureille.

90'+3'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Christina Gibbons.

90'+2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Midge Purce (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

90'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Dominique Richardson.

88'

YELLOW CARD

Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87'

FREE KICK WON

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jennifer Hoy (Sky Blue).

86'

MISS

Attempt missed. Shea Groom (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dominique Richardson following a set piece situation.

86'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

86'

FREE KICK WON

Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

85'

FREE KICK WON

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Sky Blue 1. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

84'

FREE KICK WON

Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Jennifer Hoy replaces Kaitlyn Johnson.

83'

FREE KICK WON

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue).

80'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raquel Rodríguez.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

79'

FREE KICK WON

Shea Groom (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Andressinha replaces Tobin Heath.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns).

79'

FREE KICK WON

Kaitlyn Johnson (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Shea Groom replaces Savannah McCaskill.

78'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue).

77'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

75'

YELLOW CARD

Kaitlyn Johnson (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kaitlyn Johnson (Sky Blue).

75'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75'

POST

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Savannah McCaskill with a cross following a corner.

75'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Midge Purce replaces Hayley Raso.

74'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74'

START DELAY

Delay in match Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

73'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Emily Menges.

71'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emily Menges.

69'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

69'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

68'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Tobin Heath.

68'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

67'

YELLOW CARD

Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67'

FREE KICK WON

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue).

66'

MISS

Attempt missed. Kaitlyn Johnson (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carli Lloyd.

65'

FREE KICK WON

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue).

63'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Imani Dorsey replaces Erica Skroski.

63'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross.

59'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Ana Maria Crnogorcevic replaces Caitlin Foord.

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

57'

FREE KICK WON

Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

56'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue).

54'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Sky Blue 0. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

52'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

52'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kaitlyn Johnson (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

52'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sarah Killion.

50'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Caitlin Foord.

48'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns).

48'

FREE KICK WON

Dominique Richardson (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47'

FREE KICK WON

Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue).

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 0.

45'+8'

END 1

First Half ends, Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 0.

45'+7'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45'+7'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue).

45'+7'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45'+7'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45'+7'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

44'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43'

START DELAY

Delay in match Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

42'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ellie Carpenter.

41'

YELLOW CARD

Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

39'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

38'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Amanda Frisbie (Sky Blue).

36'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

35'

MISS

Attempt missed. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

33'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

32'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

32'

FREE KICK WON

Erica Skroski (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

30'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Hayley Raso tries a through ball, but Caitlin Foord is caught offside.

30'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caitlin Foord.

28'

FREE KICK WON

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

27'

MISS

Attempt missed. Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

26'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns).

25'

FREE KICK WON

Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24'

MISS

Attempt missed. Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raquel Rodríguez.

24'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Tobin Heath tries a through ball, but Caitlin Foord is caught offside.

23'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Emily Sonnett is caught offside.

22'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Amanda Frisbie.

21'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christina Gibbons with a cross.

19'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

16'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erica Skroski with a cross.

14'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Christine Sinclair tries a through ball, but Caitlin Foord is caught offside.

13'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 0. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

12'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan draws a foul in the penalty area.

12'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Erica Skroski (Sky Blue) after a foul in the penalty area.

7'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Madison Tiernan.

6'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Kaitlyn Johnson tries a through ball, but Madison Tiernan is caught offside.

2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Amanda Frisbie.

2'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Christine Sinclair with a through ball.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
59
Crnogorcevic 7
Foord 9
63
Dorsey 28
Skroski 8
75
Purce 23
Raso 21
78
Groom 6
McCaskill 21
79
Andressinha 8
Heath 17
84
Hoy 7
Johnson 14
13
goal

Christine Sinclair 12

Penalty Kick

54
goal

Tobin Heath 17

84
goal

Sarah Killion 16

41
yellow card

Madison Tiernan 73

67
yellow card

Savannah McCaskill 21

75
yellow card

Katlyn Johnson 14

88
yellow card

Jennifer Hoy 7

NJ

Goals & Assists

13′ Portland Thorns FC
Christine Sinclair
Penalty kick
54′ Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath
84′ Sky Blue FC
Sarah Killion

Disciplinary

41′ Sky Blue FC
Madison Tiernan
67′ Sky Blue FC
Savannah McCaskill
75′ Sky Blue FC
Katlyn Johnson
88′ Sky Blue FC
Jennifer Hoy

Substitutions

59′ Portland Thorns FC
  Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic
  Caitlin Foord
63′ Sky Blue FC
  Imani Dorsey
  Erica Skroski
75′ Portland Thorns FC
  Margaret Purce
  Hayley Raso
78′ Sky Blue FC
  Shea Groom
  Savannah McCaskill
79′ Portland Thorns FC
  Andressinha
  Tobin Heath
84′ Sky Blue FC
  Jennifer Hoy
  Katlyn Johnson


POR

Match Statistics


NJ

20
Shots
12
8
Shots On Goal
5
8
Shots Blocked
3
6
Corners
3
13
Crosses
16
5
Offsides
1
11
Fouls
19
0
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
0
449
Total Passes
329
81.1%
Passing Accuracy
71.7%
57.4%
Possession
42.6%
54
Duels Won
45
17
Tackles Won
17
4
Saves
6
23
Clearances
22

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
15 D Ellie Carpenter 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
10 M Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 4 2 0 1 3 3
12 M Christine Sinclair 90 1 0 5 2 0 0 2 2
30 M Celeste Boureille 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 F Tobin Heath 79 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 2
9 F Caitlin Foord 59 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 0
21 F Hayley Raso 75 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
27 S Elizabeth Ball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 S Andressinha 11 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
7 S Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 S Tyler Lussi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Margaret Purce 15 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
26 S Mallory Weber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 1 12 4 0 0 0 0
73 D Madison Tiernan 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
9 D Amanda Frisbie 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 D Dominique Richardson 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
31 D Christina Gibbons 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 M Erica Skroski 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
16 M Sarah Killion 90 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 1
11 M Raquel Rodriguez 90 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
21 M Savannah McCaskill 78 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 1
10 F Carli Lloyd 90 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0
14 F Katlyn Johnson 84 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 S Imani Dorsey 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
22 S Mandy Freeman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 S Shea Groom 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
7 S Jennifer Hoy 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 S McKenzie Meehan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 S Amandine Pierre-Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 2 20 6 1 0 0 0

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