Nadim gets revenge in Thorns victory over Sky Blue

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By TOM SLATER

With a pair of goals in each half, the Portland Thorns came from behind to dispatch Sky Blue FC, 2-1, at Providence Park Saturday night, keeping their league-best 12-game unbeaten streak intact and staying atop of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table.

The loss also ended Sky Blue’s (3-4-3) four-game unbeaten streak and keeps them in sixth place in the league standings.

Nadia Nadim, the former Sky Blue FC sensation who was traded to Portland the day before the college draft, scored the game-winner in the 61st minute by converting a penalty kick. The penalty was called after Erin Simon took down Hayley Raso inside the box. Raso was sprung by a great thru ball from Mana Shin and spun inside past Simon. The Sky Blue defender, who played a strong game otherwise, took Raso down and the official pointed to the spot.

The Thorns were playing without six regular starters — all called up to national team camps in preparation for the Olympics.

Tasha Kai put Sky Blue ahead with her second goal of the season in the 29th minute. Leah Galton, who was dangerous especially in the first half, started the play with a blistering serve through the box. The ball went to the far post to Taylor Lytle. She served it perfectly to Kai who one-timed it to the left post.

Nadim set up the game-tying goal three minutes later with a well-placed corner kick. Nadim curved it inside to the near post where Dagny Brynjarsdottir cuts in to nod it past Sky Blue goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. Stanley was shaken up on the play and left the game.

Caroline Casey came on and played well for the remainder of the game.

Sky Blue got energized in the final 30 minutes when Sam Kerr replaced Kai, who was shaken up  twice in the second half. Kerr had a good look at the goal late in the game when Raquel Rodriguez chipped her in on goal but the shot went wide.

Sky Blue returns home Saturday night against Houston.

 

  • Karen Reuther

    Its Mana Shim not shin