Christine Sinclair scored on a pair of penalty kicks and the Portland Thorns downed OL Reign 2-1 Saturday night to claim the National Women’s Soccer League’s Community Shield in the fall series.
With the win, Portland (3-0-1) locked up the top spot in the fall series. The league created the Community Shield for the series’ best team.
Sinclair scored on a penalty kick late in the first half to put the Thorns up 1-0, but the Reign drew even early in the the second half on Amber Brooks’ goal.
WATCH | Sinclair guides Thorns to victory with brace:
Sinclair scored on a second PK in the 73rd minute. The Canadian national team captain leads all players in the fall series with six goals.
The Reign (0-2-1) wrap up the fall series against the Utah Royals next Saturday, following a match between the Orlando Pride and North Carolina Courage.
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The league partnered with Verizon on the Community Shield to provide grants to local small businesses for the top three finishers in the fall series. The Thorns will grant $25,000 to Portland’s Mimi’s Fresh Tees.
WATCH | Sinclair opens scoring from the spot: