Thorns jump to third place with 2-0 win over the Pride
Lindsey Horan and Hayley Raso scored in the win
The Thorns celebrate after Hayley Raso's goal in Orlando. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/
The Thorns celebrate after Hayley Raso's goal in Orlando. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/

Lindsey Horan and Hayley Raso scored to lift Portland Thorns FC over the Orlando Pride 2-0 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Saturday.

Horan’s goal in the 47th minute was her 11th of the season and enough to jump the Thorns up in the standings to third place with a 9-6-5 overall record and 32 points. The Thorns leapfrogged the Pride in the league standings and the Pride drop to 8-7-6 with 30 points into fourth place.

Horan now leads the Golden Boot race with her 11 goals. Raso’s goal was her second of the season.

In the 16th minute, Raso looked like she was on the cusp of getting the Thorns on the board early when Pride defender Alanna Kennedy tried to make a back pass to Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Raso was pressing and was able to read the play and get a strike off near post.

Two minutes later, Pride forward Marta had a free kick from outside the box. Her shot was going to the far post, but Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made a leaping punch save to keep the game scoreless. Marta finished the match with a team-best 53 touches and five shots, with three on frame.

Just before the half, Raso had another chance and this time it wasn’t the post spoiling her night — it was the crossbar.

To kick off the second half in true “Great Horan” fashion, Horan finished off a service from Tobin Heath to make it 1-0. The play started from a Thorns corner kick taken by Heath, and was followed up by a second Heath service into the near post, where Horan was able to poke it in past Harris. Heath finished the match with four key passes.

Raso finally got her goal in the 53rd minute when she broke through the Pride’s backline and finished far post past Harris to make it 2-0.

Harris made one save in the loss, while Franch made six saves. Late into the second half, Franch was called on to step up big time for her side when Marta and the Pride were hungry to get on the board. Franch made a diving save to stop a dangerous service from Marta that whipped in and was headed far post.

In the 88th minute, it was Marta vs. Franch again. Marta and Alex Morgan combined for a one-two and when Marta saw the ball back, she ripped off a shot with her left foot. Her strike was tipped over the crossbar by Franch. Franch earned her second shutout of the season.

Up next, the Pride take on the first-place Courage and the Thorns host the Red Stars in Saturday’s Week 21 action.

This story will be updated

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