Lynn Williams led the Courage with her second career hat trick, and Brazilian Debinha had the first goal and added three assists in the game
that was 3-0 in favor of the visitors after only 24 minutes.
The margin of victory was the biggest in the Courage's history and the defeat was the worst the Thorns have ever suffered.
“[North Carolina Courage] were very, very good," said Portland coach Mark Parsons. "Outstanding performance from them. Probably the best that they might’ve played against a top team. Maybe one of the strongest performances we’ve seen in the league for a long time against a top team. On the other side of our form and our performance, we were probably at our worst.”
Parsons took the blame for the pummeling.
"It starts and ends with me," he said, "tactical, game prep, physical, mental, emotional, it was probably down there at the very, very worst. It would be easy to say sluggish on the physical side. We were just way behind everywhere. In all areas, we were way off."
1. NC Courage, 37 points (19).
Schedule: Sept. 14 Orlando, Sept. 17 Houston, Sept. 21 at Utah, Sept. 28 at Washington, Oct. 12 Sky Blue FC.
2. Portland, 36 points (21).
Schedule: Sept. 21 Houston, Sept. 29 at Reign FC, Oct. 12 Washington.
3. Chicago, 35 points (21)
Schedule: Sept. 15 Sky Blue FC, Sept. 21 Washington, Sept. 28 Utah.
4. Utah, 31 points (19)
Schedule: Sept. 13 at Houston, Sept. 18 at Reign FC, Sept. 21 NC Courage, Sept. 28 at Chicago, Oct. 12 Houston.
5. Reign FC, 30 points (19)
Schedule: Sept. 14 at Washington, Sept. 18 Utah, Sept. 21 Sky Blue FC, Sept. 29 Portland, Oct. 12 at Orlando.
6. Washington, 25 points (18)
Schedule: Sept. 14 Reign FC, Sept. 21 at Chicago, Sept. 25 at Houston, Sept. 28 NC Courage, Oct. 5 at Orlando, Oct. 12 at Portland.
7. Houston, 22 points (19)
Schedule: Sept. 13 Utah, Sept. 17 at NC Courage, Sept. 21 at Portland, Sept. 25 Washington, Oct. 12 at Utah.
8. Sky Blue FC, 16 points (20)
Schedule: Sept. 15 Chicago, Sept. 21 at Reign FC, Sept. 29 Orlando, Oct. 12 at NC Courage.
9. Orlando, 14 points (20)
Schedule: Sept. 14 at NC Courage, Sept. 29 at Sky Blue FC, Oct. 5 Washington, Oct. 12 Reign FC.
Note: In parentheses are games played.