A revamped effort in the second half nearly gave the Orlando Pride their first draw of the season. But the Chicago Red Stars (6-4-3, 21 points) escaped with a 1-0 victory over the Pride (6-7-0, 18 points) Saturday night at Camping World Stadium.
“A little disappointed in the end, to be honest,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. “I was happy with the effort of the team. I thought the last 10 minutes we kept going and kept going, and credit to Chicago. They held out.
“To be fair, I thought our two center-backs played well because they played two players up front. It causes quite a few problems in transition and left Kaylyn and Toni Pressley exposed, and I thought that the two of them dealt with that really, really well.”
Chicago’s Taylor Comeau scored the lone goal of the game in the 23rd minute. Sofia Huerta crossed the ball from outside the right side of the box to Comeau who came unmarked and was challenged late by Kaylyn Kyle.
That would be it for scoring in the game, though, despite a combined 18 shots (12 shots on goal) from both teams.
The Pride found new offensive life, taking four of their six shots in the second half of play. Kyle led the effort beginning in the 64th minute with a header off a corner kick from the left side by Kristen Edmonds. Her shot was gathered at the goal line by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, which was blocked by Arin Gilliland‘s head.
Orlando had one more chance in the 88th minute. Pride defender Camille Levin put a ball into play in the middle-top of Chicago’s box where Jasmyne Spencer headed the ball to a streaking Christina Burkenroad who scored a would-be goal, if not for an offside call.
“I thought that we dominated large portions of the game,” Spencer said. “A little unfortunate with a goal called back and another chance cleared off the line. But we created enough to win it. We just got to put our chances that we had earlier in the game away.
“Tactically, I think we pushed Kristen higher to put a little more pressure on their back line, and it enabled us to be a little more dangerous up front, and it worked… It just wasn’t our night really.”
The Pride will travel to face the Seattle Reign the on Saturday, July 23. That match is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.