Sarah Killion scored Sky Blue FC’s lone goal. (Photo by Jeffrey Auger)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Will Sky Blue FC win a game at all this National Women’s Soccer League season?
The New Jersey team’s nightmare season continued Wednesday night as it dropped a 2-1 decision to Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park.
The result left Sky Blue FC (5 points) at 0-15-5 while Portland (36) improved to 10-6-6.
The hosts were awarded a penalty kick in the 13th minute as a result of a tackle just inside the box. Canadian international Christine Sinclair converted for a 1-0 lead.
In the 21st minute, Sky Blue FC nearly leveled the terms on a sequence where Christina Gibbons was played into space on the right flank. Gibbons crossed a ball into the penalty area that found the head of Savannah McCaskill on the far post. McCaskill redirected the feed on target, but goalkeeper Adriana Franch was positioned to make the stop.
Portland extended its lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute on a free kick that was taken by Tobin Heath. The Thorns midfielder booted a left-footed strike as her shot snuck inside the far post.
Sky Blue FC looked to have pulled within a goal in the 75th minute in which McCaskill sent a corner kick across the mouth of the goal to Madison Tiernan, who struck a header that rocketed off the crossbar.
In the 85th minute, Sky Blue FC sliced the lead in half. Domi Richardson started on a cross that she lofted towards Imani Dorsey on the far side of the area. The ball was deflected before falling to Sarah Killion, who one-timed a left-footed strike that beat Franch.
Sky Blue FC will continue its four-game road stretch this weekend in Houston before returning home to Yurcak Field for its season finale Saturday, Sept. 8, hosting the Orlando Pride for a noon kickoff.