A long range strike from Erika Tymrak along with a trio of key stops from Ashlyn Harris was all the Orlando Pride needed to hold on and claim a 1-0 victory over NJ/NY Gotham FC on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
The victory snapped a two-game winless run, pushing the Pride (6-5-6) tentatively into third place in the NWSL standings with 24 points.
Harris finished the match with three saves — the first one coming within the first minute when Harris stopped a close-range strike from Carli Lloyd.
After a scoreless first half, Erika Tymrak scored the opening goal in the 49th minute after receiving a ball from Sydney Leroux down the right flank. Tymrak would then curl the ball from outside the box past Kailen Sheridan to give the Pride the 1-0 lead, which eventually secured the win for interim coach Becky Burleigh.
Harris’ third save of the match in the 67th minute not only again denied a chanced from close from Lloyd, but it would mark the Pride goalkeeper’s 469th career save to place Harris as the NWSL all-time saves leader.
The Pride returns home to Exploria Stadium when they host the Houston Dash on Sunday at 4 p.m.
49′ – Erika Tymrak, assisted by Sydney Leroux (ORL)
How the Pride lined up
Orlando Pride XI: Ashlyn Harris (c); Ali Riley, Toni Pressley, Al Krieger, Phoebe McClernon (Taylor Kornieck, 77′); Meggie Dougherty Howard, Gunny Jónsdóttir, Erika Tymrak (Marisa Viggiano, 60′); Marta, Sydney Leroux, Jodie Taylor (Kylie Strom, 88′).
Substitutes: Erin McLeod; Ally Haran, Parker Roberts, Chelsee Washington, Abi Kim.
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