VIDEO: Orlando Pride Makes History In 3-1 Victory Over Houston In Front of Record Crowd
By Orlando City SC // April 24, 2016
NWSL record single-game attendance of 23,403 fans
ABOVE VIDEO: Orlando Pride couldn’t have written a better script, as the Club made history with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash on Saturday night, in front of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record single-game attendance of 23,403 fans at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. (Orlando City Video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Orlando Pride couldn’t have written a better script, as the Club made history with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash on Saturday night, in front of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record single-game attendance of 23,403 fans at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
“I think the crowd we had today has taken the league to a new level, it just wasn’t about the number in the crowd but the passion of the crowd and how they supported the team,” said Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni.
“Hopefully we did enough tonight to encourage them to come back for the rest of the season.”
Fans celebrated the first goal in Orlando in the 46th minute after the Pride came back from halftime firing on all cylinders.
With high pressure out of the gates, the Pride’s opening goal came on a Houston own goal after 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Alex Morgan’s shot deflected off defender Andressa and past Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
Second-half substitute Lianne Sanderson doubled the Club’s lead in the 57th minute, when she caught the Dash off guard on a free kick – firing a quick shot from well outside the box, over the wall and beat Williams to the left.
Orlando scored goal number three just minutes later, with Sanderson starting the attack with a wide ball to pacey Jasmyne Spencer on the left. The forward cut the ball inside, which allowed defender Steph Catley to spring free on an overlapping run to the byline.
After receiving the ball, Catley – who scored the first ever goal for the team last weekend against the Portland Thorns – connected with former Thorns teammate Morgan feet from the goal, and the forward one-timed the ball into the far-side netting.
Brevard County native and Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer, Ashlyn Harris, had a seven-save performance, including multiple game-securing saves, to lead Orlando to its first victory in her hometown.
Harris denied rookie Janine Beckie on a breakaway, coming off her line to paw away the shot in the 19th minute.
The goalkeeper sealed the game with back-to-back saves near the 80-minute mark, including a point-blank stop on reigning NWSL Player of the Week Rachel Daly in the 82nd minute.
Andressa scored Houston’s lone goal in the second half, shrugging off a Pride defender before firing a perfectly-placed ball past Harris from outside the box.
Orlando Pride will travel to Chicago for a 6 p.m. ET match next Sunday at Toyota Park.
The Club returns to the Citrus Bowl the following week, hosting Hope Solo and Seattle Reign FC at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 8.