Lindsey Horan scored her first two goals of the NWSL season as Portland Thorns FC topped Sky Blue FC 2-0 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 2,418 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Portland improved to 4-1-3 with 15 points and has not lost a game since April 22. Sky Blue FC fell to 4-4-1 with 13 points on the season.
Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made six saves to earn the shutout, her fifth of the season, including stopping a Sarah Killion penalty kick attempt in the 56th minute. It was the first penalty kick miss of Killion’s NWSL career. She previously had been a perfect 8 for 8.
The Thorns jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 20th minute goal from Horan.
Sky Blue defender Kayla Mills fouled Portland forward Nadia Nadim near midfield, earning a yellow card. Nadim took the ensuing free kick, sending a long ball right to the head of Horan, who headed it past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan to put the Thorns up 1-0.
Horan doubled the score in the 42nd minute, sending a right-footed shot into the back of the net after defender Meghan Klingenberg whipped a pass into the box.