The Thorns came into Friday's match atop the NWSL table, with the Utah Royals in third place and looking to make up some ground. Unfortunately for Portland, Utah did just that. Utah's Becky Sauerbrunn scored the game's only goal in the 36', giving the Royals the 1-0 lead and the eventual victory. The loss stings, but the Thorns had enough of a cushion that they are still in first place in the NWSL. Utah's victory allowed them to leapfrog the North Carolina Courage in the standings.
The Thorns return to action on Wednesday, September 11th to take on North Carolina. In the meantime, fans took to social media to react to tonight's tough loss:
Y’all what was this game????— Aggy (@ellalambio) September 7, 2019
It started out bad, then good, then ended atrocious.— Shinguards (@PortlandHeath) September 7, 2019
Y’all really just lose to Utah? Played really well still :)— liquefied petroleum gas (@Addison48374570) September 7, 2019