Thorns’ Bella Bixby breaks record for shutout minutes begin NWSL career


Despite the 2-1 final result, Portland Thorns’ goalkeeper Bella Bixby was a brick wall in the Thorns’ win Sunday night.

She came just short of earning her third straight shutout thanks to Marisa Viggiano’s 95th minute goal, but still set the record for most shutout minutes to start an NWSL regular-season career at 269 minutes.

Bixby broke Emily Boyd’s previous record, set at 264 minutes. 

In a response to the Thorns’ tweet, Bixby credited some of her success to the defense, calling the back line “special.”

Bixby made her first NWSL regular-season appearance on July 3 against Racing Louisville, earning the clean sheet. She did so again against Gotham FC on July 11 to become one of three goalkeepers in NWSL history to earn two straight shutouts to start their NWSL regular season career. 

The Thorns are back in action Saturday, July 24 against the Houston Dash at 8:30 p.m. ET.