The Thorns, who lead the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with 23 points, responded with a goal from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and the match-winner from Horan just before stoppage time.
Spencer’s goal got started after defender Steph Catley collected the ball near midfield and aimed for Alex Morgan, who was making a run behind the Portland defense. Betos came well off her line to challenge Morgan on the high, arching ball and was able to win that battle, clearing it with a punch. However, Spencer was on the other end of the clear, taking advantage of the backtracking goalkeeper and firing into the top right corner.
In the 80th minute, the Thorns got on the board when Emily Sonnett sent a long ball ahead to Christine Sinclair, who deftly chipped a header to the on-rushing Brynjarsdóttir. The Icelandic forward beat Laura Alleway to the touch, sending the ball past Ashlyn Harris from the top of the 18.
Then, Sinclair was again involved in the game-winner, finding second-half substitute Hayley Raso across the pitch on a run to the far post. The Australian forward sent a quick pass back to the middle, finding Horan open for a left-footed touch past Harris.
The Pride held possession and the majority of the opportunities through the match, containing the Thorns offensive threats while forcing Betos into numerous difficult stops.
Twenty-four minutes in, Betos had to come up with back-to-back saves after Morgan drove the ball down the endline and found Dani Weatherholt in the middle. The rookie took a quick shot but was denied on a kick save. The ball, however, fell to the middle to Spencer but Betos was able to make a quick recovery, punching Spencer’s shot away to the left.
Morgan pressed for a goal of her own late in the match, breaking down the right side then cutting the ball back into the middle to evade a sliding challenge from Emily Menges. The U.S. international created a shot for herself, but Betos had the angle covered and knocked it wide with her right mitt.