Orlando- After an early goal by the Pride, the Portland Thorns rallied back to score three goals that went unanswered ending the match 3-1 Saturday night in Orlando. The Thorns remain undefeated with Caitlyn Foord notching her second goal of the season as well as Andressinha and Dagny Brynjarsdottir recording their first goals for the Club.
Saturday night marked the second match-up between these teams for the 2019 season. The Thorns win it again at the Orlando Soccer Stadium after defeating the Pride in their Home opener 2-0. The Pride will travel to Portland later this season on July 14th for a match at the Providence Park.
The Thorns are coming fresh off a bi week with their last contest dating back to April 28th. The Orlando Pride returned home after a 1-0 in Houston this past Sunday. The Portland Thorns have extended their unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3) and scored at least two goals in 8 of the last nine matches.
With the Womens World Cup on the Horizons both teams lacked some of their starting line-up as the players head out to join their respectable National teams for World Cup preparations.
Pride Head coach Marc Skinner opened the post conference with this statement. “I think we had more shots; I think we had more corners which is better than our last performance. I’m proud of what they did tonight, could the quality be better? Of course, it could always be better the quality…. but they give everything, and I’m pleased with that.”
The Pride scored the first goal of the match when in the 10th minute defender Carson Pickett sent in a corner kick that was perfectly placed in the path of Toni Pressley who headed into the net for a Pride goal.
The single goal scorer for the Pride in this match-up was veteran player Toni Pressley who had been out for the past 5 weeks due to injury. She stated when asked about the corner from Carson that led to her goal. “It was perfect. Carson has such great technique; it was a quality ball and I didn’t have to do much I just flicked it in. All the credit to Carson because it was a fantastic ball.”
One minute into the four minutes of extra time, there was lightening close by that caused a delay of game due to inclement weather. Only a few of the less than 5,000 fans returned to their seats after an hour delay and the Pride took the field with the determination to squeeze out another goal. After one minute and 40 seconds the whistle was blown and that wrapped up the 3-1 loss for the Orlando Pride who is still on the hunt for their first season win.
Overall stats: The Pride kept up with 49% of possession for the match with 59% passing accuracy compared to the Thorns 63%. The lady’s tied with both having 5 shots on target but the Pride took a total of 16 shots compared to the Thorns 11 for the match. Orlando had 9 corner kicks that led to their first goal as the Thorns only shot twice from the corner. The Pride conceded 17 fouls compared to Portland’s 9. A yellow card was issued in the 34th minute against Prides Forward Rachel Hill that resulted in a free kick that turned into a second Goal for the Thorns.
PRIDE: Bi week for the following weekend, back at it on the 25th of May versus the Utah Royals on the road at 8pm.
THORNS: Continue on the road in Washington to play the Sprit on Satur