Orlando Pride concedes last-minute goal, falls to Angel City FC in home opener


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The Orlando Pride (0-2) were down 1-0 at halftime, rallied for an equalizer early in the second but a goal from Katie Johnson in the final play of the game earned Angel City FC a 2-1 victory over the Pride on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced attendance 7,137 at Exploria Stadium.

“I am disappointed, we want to win the games at home. At minimum you want to take a point away and to concede in the way we did at the end of the game it is frustrating and disappointing,” said Orlando coach Seb Hines after the game.

Angel City (1-1-0, 3 points) took the lead in the 39th minute behind a penalty kick converted by Claire Emslie, but Messiah Bright equalized in the 51st minute after splitting through the defense off a ball from Erika Tymrak.

Despite a second-half resurgence from the Pride, Johnson scored in the 10th minute of stoppage after heading in a cross from Emslie past Orlando goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse for the eventual winner.

The goal would eventually set the record for the latest game-winning goal in league history.

The Pride returns to action on April 15 against NJ/NY Gotham FC at 7 p.m. at Exploria Stadium.

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