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Orlando Pride Put All on the Line Against Boston Breakers to Protect Playoff Standing

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ORLANDO (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando Pride came out aggressively against the Boston Breakers at Orlando City Stadium Saturday night. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

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.

 

FIRST HALF

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.

 

SECOND HALF

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

Substitutions

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′

 

Penalties

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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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | news@floridanationalnews.com

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Scottie Scheffler Wins Second Red Cardigan at 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Photo credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN Sports) – Scottie Scheffler wins his second red cardigan at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, today, along with $4 million of the $20 million prize pool. The red cardigan was first awarded in 2017, in memory of Arnold Palmer who passed the year before. Scheffler first won the API in 2022.

Scottie Scheffler wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Photo credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News)

The number one ranked golfer in the world, Scheffler finished at 15 under par for the four day tournament, carding a 66 today. Wyndham Clark finished in second place at 10 under par. API defending champion, Kurt Kitayama, did not make the cut, this weekend, finishing 7 over par after the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

This coming week, the top golfers head to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, for the 50th anniversary of The Players Championship. The winner will walk away with $4.5 million of the $25 million up for grabs. This is the PGA Tour’s largest regular season purse. Stay tuned to www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Lydia Ko and Jeff McNeil win the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

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Lydia Ko win the 2024 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Sunday, January 21, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Lake Nona resident, Lydia Ko, has won the 2024 Hilton Grand Vacations LPGA Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, while Mets All-Star Second Baseman, Jeff McNeil, has won the celebrities and amateurs competition. The four day tournament wrapped up Sunday. Ko takes home $225,000 of the $1.5 million prize pool, while baseball player McNeil wins $100,000 of the $500,000 designated for the athletes and entertainers.

 

Lydia Ko and Jeff McNeil win the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Sunday, January 21, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

Ko finished at -14, two strokes ahead of Alexa Pano. Defending champion, Brooke Henderson, finished third at ten under par. McNeil ended with 138 points using the Modified Stableford scoring system, in his first time competing in this tournament. Annika Sorenstam finished in second place amongst the celebrity golfers, with 136. Former Major League Baseball pitchers Derek Lowe and Mark Mulder tied for third place at 135.

The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions also announced today that they have extended their agreement with the LPGA to continue this tournament at Lake Nona for another five years, with a 65% increase in the prize pool money.

Stay tuned to Florida National News for more, and be sure to follow our Florida National News page on Facebook for more photos and videos from the tournament.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions Returns to Lake Nona

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Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News)

ORLANDO, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions is back at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando Thursday, 1/18 through Sunday, 1/21. This tournament kicks off the LPGA Tour’s 74th season, featuring top women golfers, who have qualified by winning a tournament in 2022 or 2023, playing alongside celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment, and music.

Annika Sorenstam practices on the driving range for the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. (Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News)

 

Comedy fans can watch Larry The Cable Guy entertain the crowd with his one-liners and banter. “Fresh Prince” fans can tune in to Alfonso Ribeiro in hopes of seeing him dance “The Carlton.” Bachelor fans can follow Ben Higgins or Wells Adams to see if they’re passing out any roses.

Sports fans can see some true legends in a different light. Basketball fans can look for Vince Carter, Ray Allen, or Chandler Parsons. Baseball fans can watch for John Smoltz, Albert Pujols, or Roger Clemens. Football fans will find Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Brian Urlacher, and Charles Woodson.

You’ll find many other actors, musicians, and champions of various sports. If you’d like to watch some fun golf while also celebrity spotting, be sure to visit the tournament’s website to get your tickets, and to see who else will be playing this year.

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