Pride score first but fall to Portland at Home

Written by Shanae Austin


Orlando, FL- Jasmyne Spencer notched her 2nd goal in as many games for the Orlando Pride to give them a 1-0 lead in the middle of the 2nd half but end up falling short against the Portland Thorns FC in a 2-1 final.

In the first half of the game, Portland was putting much pressure on the Pride, but it was Orlando that had the shots on goal advantage a 3-2 to Portland. However, neither team was able to gain an advantage.

Both teams remained scoreless in the 40th minute but continued their push to try to get the first goal on the board. We saw our first yellow card in the 43rd minute by Pride player Laura Alleway with her committing a reckless foul in a head to head collision with Portland’s Nadia Nadim

As the 2nd half got underway, with both teams came out on fire trying to find a way to put points on the board. It was not until the 67th minute of the game when Orlando Forward Jasmyne Spencer drilled a goal into the net to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.

As the end of the of the match approached, Portland finally got into a rhythm and tried to bounce back. It was in the 79th minute Portland scored their first goal of the match coming off the foot of Midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdo on an assist by Christine Sinclair drawing the two teams even at 1-1.

In the final minutes, it looked as if  Portland was in control of the game. Then in the 90th minute, Thorns Midfielder Lindsay Horan scored the game-winner off an assist from Hayley Raso giving Portland a 2-1 lead as we entered stoppage time.

As Orlando Pride tried to find a way to keep up with the Thorns, they were unable to find the equalizer, resulting in their first home loss of the season.

The Pride will now have a 2-week break before their next match, giving them plenty of time to regroup. They will face the Boston Breakers at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on July 10th.

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