Orlando- Coming off their first win of the season on the road in Yurcak Field, NJ; the Orlando Pride were back on their grounds against the Chicago Red Stars on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon. Last Saturdays win, defeating the Sky Blue 2-1, was the first of the 2019 season and marks the first 3 points under new Head Coach Marc Skinners era. (1-2-8)
The pride repeated history and found themselves chasing the match after allowing an early goal in the 7th minute by Sam Kerr. It did not take long after making a run with Australia in the Womens World Cup for Kerr to score in her first game back on American soil. Kerr ended the match with a hattrick and wasted even less time to display her talents as one of the most preeminent scores in the league.
Kerr scored five goals at the Women’s World Cup–four coming in a win over Jamaica–and remains tied atop the Golden Boot standings as the tournament continues in France. She exited the big stage in disappointing fashion, missing her spot kick as Australia was eliminated by Norway in penalty kicks in the round of 16. It would appear she’s put that behind her, as she extended her league lead with her seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the season
Orlando tied up the match in the 22nd minute after Chicago Red Stars(4-2-4) goalie tripped while off her line and Prides forward Chioma Ubogagu maneuvered around the body of Emily Boyd and gave the ball a soft touch into the back of the net. The Lady Pride held the Stars to 1 goal to 1 up until extra time was put on the board right before the half. Sam Kerr for the Red Stars had her second goal after capitalizing on the mis-placement of Orlando’s back line moments before the whistle was blown at the half.
During the Post-Conference Prides Head Coach Marc Skinner mentioned Kerrs performance. “Sam Kerr is a master at arriving in the right space, she opens a space and closes it. We need to be able to do that. So weather that’s recruitment but we got to be able to score with the players that we have.”
After Kerr established a hattrick in Orlando a penalty kick was granted to the Lady Pride when Chicago Red Star Brooke Elby, tripped up Camila as she tried to maneuver herself in the penalty box in the 79th minute. The match than heated up as Pride striker, Marta, took the penalty kick sending a bullet to the bottom right of the net giving the Pride their second goal of the match and bringing the score to 3-2. The Lady Pride now have scored two goals for each of their last three matches including their first win of the season against Sky Blue last Saturday.
Orlando Pride held they’ll own against the Red Stars With almost equal possession and only 50 complete passes behind Chicago. The last few minutes of the match had the 3,906 Orlando Pride fans on their feet and hoping for a goal to tie it up against the Red Stars at home. The three minutes of extra time was not enough for the Pride and the Chicago Red Stars closed out the match 3-2 in Orlando this pass Sunday.
Orlando Pride- At home July 6th @7pm against the Washington Spirits
Chicago Red Stars- 8pm at home against the NJ Sky Blue