ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Pride, now #4 in the NWSL, came out aggressively against the Boston Breakers at Orlando City Stadium Saturday night. Between the Pride’s offense, Boston’s strong defense and the relentless pouring rain during the first half, the fans got an entertaining game from start to finish.
Rachel Hill got Orlando on the pride early with the first goal of the game with a head knock into a well-protected goal off of a cross from Chioma Ubogagu in the 7th minute. Monica had nearly done the same thing a minute prior, but Boston was saved by the whistle.
The Pride’s offense, particularly Marta, Camila and Krieger, consistently created opportunities despite Boston’s defense, and Orlando’s back line kept up the pressure in the box. Hill got the second goal of the game with an assist from Alex Morgan in the 15th minute, making the score 2-0 for the Pride.
The Boston Breakers added even more pressure for the remainder of the half (including one minute of added time), so the Pride didn’t score again, despite several opportunities from Weatherholt, Ubogagu and Hill.
By the end of the first half, Orlando made seven shots compared to Boston’s two: Hill’s two successful goals, three attempts from Morgan, one from Ubogagu and one from Camila.
Boston’s Amanda Frisbee got Boston on the board in the 50th minute with the assist by Rosie White, closing the gap to 2-1.
Camila got a free kick in the 64th minute, but the kick was caught by Boston goalie Abby Amith.
In the 66th minute, Chioma Ubogagu created an opportunity with a swift cross to Marta, who knocked it into the goal, making the score 3-1. In the 77th minute, Ubogagu scored the Pride’s fourth goal.
Boston’s Julie King countered with their second goal, echoing the same subtle knock into the goal that Ubogagu did on the opposite end of the field. She was assisted by Adrianna in the 89th minute, by which point the score was 4-2, Orlando. At the end the match, three minutes of play were added.
“I thought the first 30 minutes we were superb. I thought that’s probably the best 30 minutes that we’ve had perhaps this season. We were slick, movement was great, we were creating chances. We really dominated the game…We kind of went off the pace a little bit and then came back again in the second half; we picked up again near the end. But we need to be probably a little bit better when we’re not going through those spells and we’re playing really well.” – Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni on the Pride’s overall performance Saturday
Boston: Ifeoma Onumonu in for Amanda Frisbee, Natasha Dowie in for Katie Stengel – 55′, Rose Lavelle in for Brooke Elby – 72′
Orlando: Jamia Fields in for Marta – 82′, Danica Evans in for Chioma Ubogagu – 83′, Nicolette Driesse in for Dani Weatherholt – 86′
Boston: Brooke Elby – YC – 63′
The Pride next face Seattle on September 9 at 7:30pm in the second match of their three-game homestand.
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