An 81st minute strike from Kristen Edmonds was enough for the Orlando Pride (4-2-0, 12 points) to claim their third consecutive win, this time over the Houston Dash (2-3-1, 7 points), who are playing without the world’s best player, Carli Lloyd. The shutout was goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris’s third in a row and it helped the Pride earn their first road victory in the club’s short history.
The Pride back-line withstood a lot of pressure from the Dash attackers in the first half. Head Coach Tom Sermanni said about the half “I thought the first half we were lacking a little bit of energy and couldn’t get close enough to Houston, but we did well. We kept our discipline, we kept hanging in, we kept doing what was necessary to come [into halftime] nil-nil…”
The second half however, was a different story “I thought our second-half performance was better. I thought we showed more energy, we competed better, we started getting more territory and started creating a few more chances. As long as we keep the clean sheet, I know we’re a team that’s going to eventually create a chance [in the game]. So tonight was a great, gritty, determined away win.”
The goal came when Lianne Sanderson played a square long ball across the midfield that found Edmonds in space. Edmonds took a touch and hit a clean strike from the top of the penalty box that crashed into the underside of the crossbar and into the goal.
These two teams have played each other twice now and both times the Pride have come out with all three points.
The game was the Pride’s first of a four game road trip; up next they travel to take on FC Kansas City on May 28th at 8:30 pm.