Orlando Pride Falls 1-0 to Utah Royals FC

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando Pride // Orlando Pride (0-3-1, 1 point) fell 1-0 at Orlando City Stadium to Utah Royals FC (2-0-0, 6 points) on Saturday night.

Rookie Marisa Viggiano made her NWSL debut, coming on in the 83rd minute as the Pride’s third sub of the night, while goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer surpassed the 200 career saves mark.

Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner:
“I think what’s really, really missing from this team is a consistency. First half, again, we’re talking halves at the minute, and first half — far too passive. Didn’t affect the ball enough, I mean the goal is a ridiculous goal, it’s a ridiculous goal. We can’t concede things like that and hope to build the foundations that we need to go forward so we have to affect that. And I’ve just talked in the huddle at the end about accountability. The players must be accountable for that because no coach in the world can stop that goal going in. Second half we looked much better but we were just out of the game by that. We give teams too many leads and that’s what we need to fix.”

Scoring Recap:

19’ Christen Press (Michelle Maemone) – UTA 1, ORL 0
Christen Press collected a high pass from Michelle Maemone, settling it at the top of the box before firing off a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Match Notes:

  • Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made her first start in between the pipes for the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season, her fourth all-time with the Pride.
  • Kopmeyer was a late lineup change for the Pride, after Ashlyn Harris was ruled out of the match after an injury in warmups.
  • Midfielder Marisa Viggiano registered her first professional minutes and her Orlando Pride debut. The Pride selected Viggiano No. 30 overall in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
  • With her first of five saves on the night, Kopmeyer hit the 200 career NWSL saves mark.
Next Match:
The Pride will once again hit the road, traveling to face the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, May 5. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET.
Orlando Pride000
Utah Royals FC101
Scoring Summary:
UTA – 
Christen Press (Michelle Maemone) 19’
Misconduct Summary:
ORL – 
Alanna Kennedy (Yellow Card) 40’
UTA – Katie Bowen (Yellow Card) 87’
ORL – Carson Pickett (Yellow Card) 90’

Lineups/Substitutions: Orlando Pride – GK Haley Kopmeyer; D Ali Krieger ©, Alanna Kennedy, Shelina Zadorsky, Carson Pickett; M Dani Weatherholt (Marisa Viggiano 83’), Emily van Egmond, Chioma Ubogagu (Joanna Boyles 72’), F Rachel Hill (Camila 59’), Alex Morgan, Marta

Utah Royals FC – GK Nicole Barnhart; D Katie Bowen, Becky Sauerbrunn ©, Rachel Corsie, Michelle Maemone (Katie Stengel 19’); M Desiree Scott, Lo’eau LaBonta (Kelley O’Hara 57’), Gunnhildur Jonsdottir, Vero Boquete; F Amy Rodriguez (Erica Tymrak 77’), Christen Press

Details of the Game:
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny
Date: April 27, 2019
Attendance: 4,640

Stats Summary: ORL / UTA
Possession: 44.5% / 55.6%
Shots: 15 / 17
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 4

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