Playing their third game in seven days — with a midweek match on the road before the short turnaround heading into the weekend, the Orlando Pride fell 2-1 against the Houston Dash on Saturday at BBVA Stadium, snapping Orlando’s seven-match unbeaten streak to start the season.
“We’re disappointed with the game result, but I’ve never been so proud of this team,” head coach Marc Skinner said following the game. “For when I looked around the final whistle, they’re on their haunches based on how much they’ve given for each other. You do that more often than not, and you’ll come away with, especially when you’re fresh, you’ll come away with the result, and that’s what we’re going to continue to build.”
Gunny Jónsdóttir opened her scoring account for the Pride, as Orlando fell to 4-1-3 in the season.
In the 18th minute, Maria Sanchez — on-loan from Liga MX Femenil side Tigres — opened the scoring after her hit on target was blocked by Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, before pouncing on the rebound to give the Dash an early 1-0 lead
Veronica Latsko made it 2-0 in the 26th minute when a slick chip from Sophie Schmidt found Latsko open in the area, before heading past Harris to double the lead for the home side.
Marisa Viggiano missed Sunday’s game against Houston due to a right foot injury, while Taylor Kornieck was out with a left knee injury.
The Second half, however saw the Pride enter the field with a sense of urgency, scoring minutes into the second half, when Gunny Jónsdóttir’s flick header off a corner kick from Marta, found its way into the net to cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.
Quote of the Match
The Orlando Pride were playing their third game in seven days, with the last two on the road, and fatigued showed on Sunday, according to Jónsdóttir:
“Three games and [seven] days coming off a FIFA window, it was a lot. In the first half, show that we were fatigued that were not playing like we wanted to, but we got the halftime, and we kind of got the team together and decided to give everything we got and we did that. We were unfortunate to not put in another home in the second half, we gave everything we had, but that’s football.”
The Pride return home to Exploria Stadium on Sunday, July 4 when they take on the North Carolina Courage at 6 p.m. on Paramount+.
18′ – Maria Sanchez (HOU)
26′ – Veronica Latsko, assisted by Sophie Schmidt (HOU)
49′ – Gunny Jónsdóttir, assisted by Marta (ORL)
How the Pride lined up
Orlando Pride XI: Ashlyn Harris (c); Courtney Petersen (Ally Haran, 78′), Phoebe McClernon (Toni Pressley, 90+1′), Ali Krieger, Ali Riley; Chelsee Washington (Crystal Thomas, 46′), Gunny Jónsdóttir, Meggie Dougherty Howard (Erika Tymrak, 86′); Sydney Leroux, Marta, Alex Morgan.
Substitutes: Brittany Wilson, Erin McLeod, Konya Plummer, Abi Kim.
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