The Orlando Pride scored early, but a late Portland Thorns goal saw Saturday’s game between both sides end in a 1-1 draw at Exploria Stadium.
“It was a really tight match,” said Pride interim head coach Becky Burleigh. “You have to give props to Portland for getting the equalizer, that was a pretty good header, she was marked well by Amy [Turner], but she still managed to get the header off and score so impressive by Simone, Charley. I think it’s a good thing that we’re disappointed that we ended with a tie against the first place team.”
Orlando opened the scoring early in the match after a cross sent in by Courtney Petersen found Jodie Taylor to head the ball past Bella Bixby to give the Pride a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Portland eventually took control of the game and dispersed a wave of offense threats, including a shot from Marissa Everett that almost equalized the game for Portland, but the ball hit off the crossbar in the 30th minute.
In the 36th minute, a header from close from Simone Charley forced Ashlyn Harris to go full stretch to deny another opportunity from the visitors.
Orlando almost made it 2-0 in the 69th minute when a ball sent in by Meggie Dougherty Howard found Taylor, who’s close range header was denied by Bella Bixby.
Portland’s equalizing goal eventually arrived towards the final 10 minutes of the game when a set-piece play from Meghan Klingenberg connected with Charley, who headed the ball past Harris to equalize the game 1-1 in the 78th minute.
Quote of the Match
Burleigh had praise for the substitutes that entered the match to hold on for the draw, this is what the Pride boss had to say post-match:
“I think our team felt like there was a big change when our reserves came on and they were game changers, that was huge for us just to see people make a difference like that. And I think that’s something we’ve been able to see even in the last few games, so it’s just great to see that the people who aren’t starting are still able to come on and make such a big difference for us.”
The Pride go back on the road to take on the Washington Spirit on Sunday, Aug. 22 at Audi Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will televise on CBS Sports Network.
13′ – Jodie Taylor, assisted by Courtney Petersen (ORL)
78′ – Simone Charley, assisted by Meghan Klingenberg (POR)
How the Pride lined up
Orlando Pride XI: Ashlyn Harris (c); Phoebe McClernon (Toni Pressley, 88′), Amy Turner, Ali Krieger, Ali Riley (Taylor Kornieck, 88′); Courtney Petersen, Gunny Jónsdóttir, Marisa Viggiano (Meggie Dougherty Howard, 60′), Marta, Sydney Leroux, Jodie Taylor (Erika Tymrak, 82′).
Substitutes: Brittany Wilson, Ally Haran, Chelsee Washington, Abi Kim, Crystal Thomas.
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