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Sophia Smith’s goal lifts Thorns to first-ever win in North Carolina


The Portland Thorns held onto their spot atop the NWSL table, defeating the North Carolina Courage 1-0 on Sunday.

Sophia Smith scored the game’s lone goal in the 57th minute, slotting in a lofted ball from Christine Sinclair. Smith’s sixth goal of the regular season makes her Portland’s leading scorer.

Smith’s second-half goal snapped the Courage’s shutout record of 546 consecutive minutes and halted their seven-game unbeaten streak.

The win was the Thorns’ first ever against the Courage in North Carolina.

Next up: Portland will play Chicago on Sept. 25. The Courage will travel to New Jersey on Sept. 25 to face Gotham FC