ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Pride (5-5-4, 19 points) entered Saturday night’s contest with FC Kansas City (3-7-4, 13 points) on a two-game home losing streak and haven’t been at .500 since June 17th. But behind a balanced effort with three of the Pride’s four goals coming from players who haven’t scored all season, the Pride defeated Kansas City by the score of 4-1.
The Pride dominated the game by keeping the action on the Kansas City side of the field for most of the game. The Pride tied the highest goal scoring output in team history and set the Orlando City Stadium record with the four goals in the game.
“I think what we said at the end of the game tonight is we want this to be the foundation of what we are going to do. We don’t want to have a good result and then go back and have a bad result. What we need to do is try and get on a run if we can. What you saw tonight is a glimpse of Alex, this is the first full game she played, we are beginning to see the impact she can have with this team with the players we’ve now got. With a bit of luck tonight she could have scored three or four goals.” – Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni
After Orlando’s Alanna Kennedy’s second goal of the season in the 22nd minute, Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the season when she nailed the team’s first non-Marta scored penalty kick to put Orlando up 2-0 at halftime.
Kansas City’s Meagan Kelly scored two minutes after being brought in the game as a substitution to put FC Kansas City down by a goal midway through the second half. Up to that point in the game, Kansas City only had one shot on goal.
After a few substitutions by both teams, the Pride put the game away when center back Toni Pressley scored off a rocket that had everyone in the stadium surprised, giving the Pride a 3-1 lead, and then Kristen Edmonds finished off the scoring when she scored off goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart’s error to end the scoring at 4-1.
Orlando will play its next game against Chicago on the road next Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm Eastern time, which will air on Lifetime Television. Kansas City will travel back home to take on the NC Courage next Saturday night.
Shots on Target:
- Orlando – 11
- Kansas City – 4
- Orlando – Kennedy (2nd of the season – 22nd minute), Morgan (1st of the season – 38th minute on a penalty kick), Pressley (1st of the season – 70th minute), Edmonds (1st of the season – 73rd minute)
- Kansas City – Kelly ( 2nd of the season – 65th minute)
- Orlando – Weatherholt (Yellow Card – 41st minute)
- Kansas City – Gibbons (Yellow Card – 88th minute)
- Orlando – Jasmyne Spencer for Rachel Hill (65th minute), Kristen Edmonds for Chioma Ubogagu (71st minute), Jamia Fields for Marta (79th minute)
- Kansas City – Maegan Kelly for Erika Tymak (63rd minute), Carolyn Flynn for Katie Bowen (67th minute), Alexa Newfield for Becky Sauerbrunn (79th minute)
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org