Portland Thorns FC POR

14‑5‑5 , 10‑1‑1 Home

1
Final
Sat, Jun 17

Sky Blue FCNJ

10‑11‑3 , 4‑7‑1 Away

3

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 16,736

Sky Blue FC strikes early and often in 3-1 win over Thorns

Sam Kerr contributes two goals and an assist

Leah Galton and Kayla Mills celebrate during Sky Blue FC's 3-1 win over Portland Thorns FC. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega for isiphotos.com)

By Meg Linehan

Sky Blue FC struck early at Providence Park and held on for the 3-1 win against Portland Thorns FC. Sky Blue midfielder Raquel Rodriguez tallied in the first minute to put the hosts on the back foot, and forward Sam Kerr provided two goals and assist to ensure the victory in a heated, back-and-forth affair.

The first loss at home for the season for Portland came in front of 16,736 faithful supporters. Portland’s defense had been the stingiest through eight weeks of NWSL action, allowing only five goals. But it only took the 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year Rodriguez 25 seconds to sneak one past the Thorns back four and goaltender Adrianna Franch after Portland failed to clear the box. Rodriguez’s quick strike ties the 2015 record for fastest goal scored in the NWSL, set by FC Kansas City’s Erika Tymrak.

Sam Kerr provided the assist on Sky Blue’s early goal, kicking off a big night for the Australian.

Sky Blue had a chance to double their lead in the first half, but midfielder Sarah Killion’s penalty kick in the 33rd minute missed wide left. Two weeks ago on June 3, Franch saved Killion’s penalty kick attempt in Portland’s 2-0 win in New Jersey.

Portland’s best attempt during the run of play came in the second half from Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan, but she wasn’t able to get enough on the header to beat Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan in the 58th minute. Shortly after, Ashleigh Sykes made her Thorns debut, and she contributed to many of Portland’s more threatening looks in the box as time wound down.

Enter Sam Kerr. In the 70th minute, she headed down a pass from Sky Blue forward Maya Hayes and broke past the Portland defense for the finish past Franch in the bottom right corner. She then added the third and final goal of the game in the 88th minute. Midfielder Madison Tiernan lofted a long assist over the top and Kerr beat the Portland defense yet again, as well as Franch who tried to challenge Kerr well outside the box.

Portland’s only goal came from a penalty kick in the final minutes of stoppage time. While Kailen Sheridan was able to get her hands on Thorns forward Christine Sinclair’s first attempt, she couldn’t control the rebound, and a frustrated Sinclair buried the rebound only seconds before the final whistle.

While Providence Park has been a fortress for the Thorns, Sky Blue snapped the eight-game unbeaten streak at home for Portland with Saturday night’s win. The Thorns held a large advantage in possession and passing accuracy, but struggled with giveaways and a few key miscommunications between Sinclair and forward Hayley Raso.

After the match, Thorns head coach Mark Parsons told media that Sky Blue deserved credit for the win, but there were still lessons from the mistakes made. “It’s a massive opportunity for us that I know we’re going to embrace, a massive opportunity to get ready to learn. Get ready to grow from this, get ready to get better, not waste a split second doing anything that doesn’t help us move forward to get ready for a tough road game against Washington.”

Parsons and the Thorns will look to get ready and make quick adjustments for that match-up against the Spirit on Saturday, June 24. Sky Blue FC stays on the road, and will face the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park on Sunday, June 25 and will hope to similarly upend Chicago’s impressive run as of late.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
30

Celeste Boureille

Defender
10

Allie Long

Defensive Midfielder
28

Amandine Henry

Defensive Midfielder
  90 + 1'
21

Hayley Raso

Attacking Midfielder
7

Lindsey Horan

Attacking Midfielder
26

Mallory Weber

Attacking Midfielder
  62'
12

Christine Sinclair

Forward
  90 + 5'

substitutes

11

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir

Substitute
27

Meghan Cox

Substitute
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
15

Kendall Johnson

Substitute
6

Meleana Shim

Substitute
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Substitute
  62'

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

Sky Blue FC

1

Kailen Sheridan

Goalkeeper
15

Kayla Mills

Defender
22

Mandy Freeman

Defender
3

Christie Pearce

Defender
19

Kelley O'Hara

Defender
  74'
21

Leah Galton

Midfielder
  69'
16

Sarah Killion

Midfielder
11

Raquel Rodriguez

Midfielder
  1'
6

Taylor Lytle

Midfielder
  78'
20

Samantha Kerr

Forward
  70', 88'
2

McKenzie Meehan

Forward
  61'

substitutes

27

Caroline Casey

Substitute
10

Daphne Corboz

Substitute
12

Kim DeCesare

Substitute
5

Maya Hayes

Substitute
  69'
17

Dominique Richardson

Substitute
7

Nikki Stanton

Substitute
  90'   78'
73

Madison Tiernan

Substitute
  61'

manager

 

Christy Holly

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 3.

90'+6'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 3.

90'+5'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, Sky Blue 3. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

90'+5'

PENALTY SAVED

Penalty saved! Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

90'+4'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Portland Thorns. Amandine Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.

90'+4'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Kayla Mills (Sky Blue) after a foul in the penalty area.

90'+3'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Christie Pearce.

90'+2'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Menges (Portland Thorns).

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+1'

YELLOW CARD

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'+1'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

90'+1'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue).

90'

YELLOW CARD

Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card.

90'

FREE KICK WON

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

90'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue).

88'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, Sky Blue 3. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Madison Tiernan.

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

84'

FREE KICK WON

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

83'

FREE KICK WON

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

83'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue).

82'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Emily Sonnett tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

82'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

82'

FREE KICK WON

Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81'

FREE KICK WON

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

81'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue).

80'

FREE KICK WON

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

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue).

80'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

79'

FREE KICK WON

Kayla Mills (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

78'

FREE KICK WON

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

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Nikki Stanton replaces Taylor Lytle.

77'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

76'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sarah Killion.

75'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Adrianna Franch.

75'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Taylor Lytle (Sky Blue) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

74'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

74'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kailen Sheridan.

74'

YELLOW CARD

Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) is shown the yellow card.

73'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

72'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

71'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Allie Long tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

70'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, Sky Blue 2. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maya Hayes with a headed pass.

70'

FREE KICK WON

Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Madison Tiernan (Sky Blue).

69'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

69'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Maya Hayes replaces Leah Galton because of an injury.

68'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66'

START DELAY

Delay in match Leah Galton (Sky Blue) because of an injury.

64'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

64'

FREE KICK WON

Leah Galton (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63'

FREE KICK WON

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

63'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue).

62'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Ashleigh Sykes replaces Mallory Weber.

61'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Sky Blue. Madison Tiernan replaces McKenzie Meehan.

60'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue).

60'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

58'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emily Sonnett.

56'

FREE KICK WON

Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kayla Mills (Sky Blue).

56'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

56'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

54'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

51'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Sky Blue. Samantha Kerr tries a through ball, but McKenzie Meehan is caught offside.

50'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

50'

FREE KICK WON

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

47'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Taylor Lytle with a cross.

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 0, Sky Blue 1.

45'+3'

END 1

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

45'+3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

45'+3'

FREE KICK WON

Kayla Mills (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kayla Mills (Sky Blue).

43'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43'

START DELAY

Delay in match Allie Long (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

40'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Lytle.

40'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Amandine Henry tries a through ball, but Lindsey Horan is caught offside.

37'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

37'

FREE KICK WON

Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

36'

FREE KICK WON

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

35'

FREE KICK WON

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

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue).

33'

PENALTY MISS

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Sarah Killion (Sky Blue) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Sarah Killion should be disappointed.

32'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) after a foul in the penalty area.

32'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Sky Blue. Leah Galton draws a foul in the penalty area.

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

29'

FREE KICK WON

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

25'

MISS

Attempt missed. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Taylor Lytle with a cross.

24'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

24'

FREE KICK WON

McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

22'

FREE KICK WON

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

22'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

22'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

19'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Amandine Henry with a cross.

19'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Mandy Freeman.

18'

FREE KICK WON

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

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue).

18'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

17'

MISS

Attempt missed. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mandy Freeman following a corner.

17'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Emily Menges.

17'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

15'

FREE KICK WON

McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kayla Mills.

14'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Taylor Lytle (Sky Blue).

13'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Amandine Henry with a cross.

12'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Amandine Henry with a cross following a corner.

11'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kelley O'Hara.

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hayley Raso.

8'

FREE KICK WON

Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue).

7'

CORNER

Corner, Sky Blue. Conceded by Lindsey Horan.

1'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 0, Sky Blue 1. Raquel Rodríguez (Sky Blue) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samantha Kerr.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
61
Madison Tiernan 73
McKenzie Meehan 2
62
Ashleigh Sykes 14
Mallory Weber 26
69
Maya Hayes 5
Leah Galton 21
78
Nikki Stanton 7
Taylor Lytle 6
1
goal

Raquel Rodriguez 11

Assisted by: Samantha Kerr 20

70
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Maya Hayes 5

88
goal

Samantha Kerr 20

Assisted by: Madison Tiernan 73

90 +5
goal

Christine Sinclair 12

74
yellow card

Kelley O'Hara 19

90
yellow card

Nikki Stanton 7

90 +1
yellow card

Amandine Henry 28

NJ

Goals & Assists

1′ Sky Blue FC
Raquel Rodriguez
Assisted by: Samantha Kerr
70′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Maya Hayes
88′ Sky Blue FC
Samantha Kerr
Assisted by: Madison Tiernan
90 + 5′ Portland Thorns FC
Christine Sinclair

Disciplinary

74′ Sky Blue FC
Kelley O'Hara
90′ Sky Blue FC
Nikki Stanton
90 + 1′ Portland Thorns FC
Amandine Henry

Substitutions

61′ Sky Blue FC
  Madison Tiernan
  McKenzie Meehan
62′ Portland Thorns FC
  Ashleigh Sykes
  Mallory Weber
69′ Sky Blue FC
  Maya Hayes
  Leah Galton
78′ Sky Blue FC
  Nikki Stanton
  Taylor Lytle


POR

Match Statistics


NJ

15
Shots
14
7
Shots On Goal
7
5
Shots Blocked
4
6
Corners
7
15
Crosses
19
3
Offsides
1
15
Fouls
16
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
489
Total Passes
339
78.9%
Passing Accuracy
70.8%
58.3%
Possession
41.7%
42
Duels Won
44
11
Tackles Won
11
4
Saves
6
16
Clearances
20

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 D Celeste Boureille 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
10 DM Allie Long 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 0
28 DM Amandine Henry 90 0 0 3 3 5 0 2 3
21 AM Hayley Raso 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3
7 AM Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 4 4 0 3 3 2
26 AM Mallory Weber 62 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
12 F Christine Sinclair 90 1 0 5 5 0 0 3 1
11 S Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 S Meghan Cox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Kendall Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 S Meleana Shim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Ashleigh Sykes 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 3 14 4 1 0 0 0
15 D Kayla Mills 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
22 D Mandy Freeman 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
3 D Christie Pearce 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 D Kelley O'Hara 90 0 0 2 2 6 0 2 1
21 M Leah Galton 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
16 M Sarah Killion 90 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
11 M Raquel Rodriguez 90 1 0 2 2 0 0 2 3
6 M Taylor Lytle 78 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
20 F Samantha Kerr 90 2 1 3 3 0 0 2 2
2 F McKenzie Meehan 61 0 0 5 5 0 1 1 2
27 S Caroline Casey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S Daphne Corboz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Kim DeCesare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 S Maya Hayes 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Dominique Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 S Nikki Stanton 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
73 S Madison Tiernan 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Kailen Sheridan 90 1 15 6 1 1 0 0