Sky Blue FC 0
Portland Thorns 2
Goals: POR: 20’ Lindsay Horan (assist Nadia Nadim), 42’ Lindsay Horan (assist Meghan Klingenberg)
Overview: U.S. International Lindsay Horan proved to be a thorn in the side of Sky Blue FC as her brace was the difference and gave Portland three points. Portland opened the scoring in this contest after making good on a free kick opportunity that arose after defender Kayla Mills was shown yellow in the 20thminute. On the ensuing chance, Nadim sent the ball towards the far post, where Horan was able to redirect a header for the early score. In the 34th minute, Sky Blue FC nearly found its equalizer. On the sequence, Tiernan dispossessed Klingenberg in the midfield and played a ball down the right flank for Sam Kerr. The Australia international then quickly collected before heading upfield, eventually firing a shot that was just wide of the left post.
The Thorns stretched their advantage to 2-0 in the 42nd minute, beginning on a Nadim ball that was played to Klingenberg on the left side of the penalty area. After gathering, Klingenberg sent a hard roller to the front of the goal, where Horan was again the beneficiary who put it away.
In the second half, Sky Blue FC went on the attack with strong opportunities in the 49th, 57th and 69th minutes. Over the final 20 minutes of this contest, Sky Blue FC continued to play with resolve, but it would just not be the home team’s night.
Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly…
“This is definitely not the result we wanted at home, but there are a tremendous amount of positive takeaways from this match. We created our fair share of opportunities, and our ability to learn and evolve as the game progresses is definitely something that is very exciting. We will analyze this performance and make the necessary adjustments to ensure we are better when we head to Portland in two weeks.”
Following the international break, Sky Blue FC (4-1-4, 13 pts.) will meet up again with Portland Thorns FC, this time out west on Saturday, June 17.
— NWSL (@NWSL) June 4, 2017