Thorns notch third victory of season



BOYDS, Md. — Forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Nikki Washington each tallied goals and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made six saves as Portland Thorns FC earned their third consecutive victory with a 2-1 win against the Washington Spirit on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,011 fans at Maryland SoccerPlex.

The win allowed the Thorns (3-0-1) to maintain their position at the top of the National Women’s Soccer League standings, extending the team’s season-opening unbeaten streak to four matches, including two straight wins on the road.

After being taken down by Washington defender Domenica Hodak near the upper edge of the penalty box, Morgan converted on the PK for her second goal of the season.

Six minutes into the second half, midfielder Nikki Washington provided the Thorns with a two-goal lead.

The Spirit (0-2-2) upped the offensive pressure in the second half, forcing Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc to make five saves during the final 45 minutes. LeBlanc finished the match with a season-high six saves.

Portland and Washington finished even on shots, 11-11.

The Thorns conclude their three-game road trip on Sunday, May 12, against the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.