The Purple Girls Remain Undefeated at Home thanks to Amazing Goal by Alex Morgan

Written by: George Simon
(Photo Credit: SaJorden Miller / The SkyBoat)

Orlando, FL- The Orlando Pride won a tough match that was more complicated than expected 1-0 over Western New York Flash. Orlando Pride’s coach Tom Sermanni described the Flash as a “Blue Collar Team… that has no designated players or international players, but they are a great team that made the game very difficult for us”. The Western New York Flash came to Orlando with 2 wins in 4 games the same as the Pride.

During the first half, both teams shared an equal amount of possession of the ball, but it was the Flash who were creating more dangerous occasions on Ashlyn Harris’ goal. In the 26th minute of the game, Western New York got their best opportunity with a open net shot that ended up hitting the crossbar for the luck of the Pride.

The rest of the first half was equally played by both, with opportunous saves by both Ashlyn Harris and Sabrina D’Angelo. The first half ended in a scoreless draw that could have gone for either team.

At the start of the second half coach Sermanni, change the dynamic of the game with the introduction of Lianne Sanderson who created a lot of problems for the Flash’s defenders. With Sanderson and Morgan leading the attack, Orlando pushed forward creating several chances. Thus making Western New York Flash’s goalkeeper,  D’Angelo, the heroine of her team. But it was in the 79th minute of the game, after a fabulous deep through ball from Kristen Edmonds, when Orlando Pride’s Captain, Alex Morgan, open the score with an incredible chip shot that sentenced the victory for the Pride.

During the last minutes, the Flash, lost control of their game and Abby Erceg got red carded after getting a second yellow card. After the expulsion of Abby Erceg, the Pride controlled the possession of the ball for the final minutes of the game sealing the third home victory for Orlando before going on the road for the next four games.

After the game Orlando Pride’s coach, Tom Sermanni, addressed the importance of having a player like Alex Morgan who can make the difference during tight games, “Those kind of players (Like Alex Morgan) change games, and win games and that was classic Alex Morgan, she was persistent… and when that opportunity came she did not miss”

Orlando Pride’s captain Alex Morgan talked about her goal tonight “Kristen (Edmonds) told me that she want to give me the ball… I realize that she (Sabrina D’Angelo) was a little bit high on her line and I just went for it”

Kristen Edmonds talked about playing in midfield and how she has ben able to adapt to different positions, “ I watch a lot of soccer, I tried to play every position and watch even more soccer to improve in my midfield skills and help the team as much as I can”

The Pride will now head on a 4 game road trip that starts with a match against the Houston Dash on Friday May 20th. In their last matchup against Houston, Orlando dominated in a 3-1 victory at Camping World Stadium.

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