The Orlando Pride (2-2-0, 6 points) kept their first clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 win over the Seattle Reign (2-2-0, 6 points), on Mothers Day. It was the Pride second win at home this season.
Pride superstar Alex Morgan made her mark all over the match but couldn’t get her name on the score sheet.
Orlando grabbed their first goal in just the 12th minute when Morgan chased down a ball in the corner, she surveyed her options and then lofted a curling ball to the waiting head of Sarah Hagen at the far post. Hagen made no mistake with the finish, claiming her first goal for the purple and blue, against US Women’s National Team star Hope Solo.
Orlando sealed the game in the 87th minute when Morgan forced Solo into a difficult save and super-sub Lianne Sanderson was there to follow up and guide the ball into the gaping net. It was the English international’s second goal in as many games in the friendly confines of Camping World Stadium.
Heavily utilized goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris only faced 2 shots on goal all night as it seems that the Pride back line is getting more comfortable playing together. When she was tested with cheeky chipped shot, she proved up to the task, pushing the ball onto the crossbar and then watching the follow up attempt fly wide.
After the match, Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni was especially pleased with the defensive effort, saying “I thought our players coped with the conditions and the quality of Seattle really well and limited their opportunities. Their first shot on goal was [in the 82nd minute] so I think that’s a measure of how well our defensive discipline was.”