Pride extends season’s unbeaten streak to five games in draw against Angel City
ORLANDO, Fla. (August 7, 2022) – Orlando Pride (3-5-6, 15 points) drew 2-2 in Angel City FC’s first ever trip (5-5-3, 18 points) to the Exploria Stadium on Sunday night. With the result, Pride are now unbeaten in their last five games since July 3.
The pride was buoyed by goals from second-half substitute Julie Doyle as well as a 90th-minute Angel City own goal. Doyle’s strike was his second of the season, with both goals coming in Pride’s last two games. She is the first Pride player to score in consecutive games this season.
It was the first home game played for Pride in the past 30 days when they defeated the Houston Dash on July 8. Pride also got a result this game thanks to an own goal in the second half.
Seb Hines, Orlando Pride Interim Head Coach:
“Entertaining [game]. This happens more often than not. I said it in the pregame that what you’ll find today is two teams that both wanted to win, had to win, to get three points. We are obviously chasing Angel City and them too to qualify for the playoffs. I felt that we were dominating the game in possession. Even out of possession, I think we were in controlled spaces. They’ve been patient in trying to get us out of our positions, but we allow the right people time and space on the ball. There were a few small adjustments we had to make at half-time. We had to increase the energy and move around to keep those spaces tight and the players did that. The game is all about goals. We created a lot of good chances to score, but we have to seize them. When we take them, we will be even more menacing than we showed today.
Summary of scores:
40′ Ali Riley – LA 1, ORL 0
The visitors opened the scoring after Ali Riley found space on the left side of the box and sent a left-footed shot through the goal and into the top right corner of the net.
64′ Julie Doyle – ORL 1, LA 1
The second-half substitute leveled the game when she pounced on an errant Angel City pass deep in her own box and rocketed a shot with her left foot into the roof of the net.
72′ Cari Roccaro (Paige Nielsen) – LA 2, ORL 1
Angel City regained the lead from a corner with Paige Nielsen able to kick the ball into the middle of the box. The ball fell into the feet of Cari Roccaro who took a throw-in and fired the ball through a sea of people and over the goal line.
90′ Paige Nielsen (Own goal) – ORL 2, LA 2
Pride tied the game again in second-half stoppage time after excellent team-building play gave way to Kerry Abello to drive the baseline and send in a driven cross. With several Pride shirts in the box causing a commotion, the ball was eventually kicked by Angel City defender Paige Nielsen.
Next game: Orlando will hit the road and head to Torero Stadium for the first time to take on the San Diego wave on Saturday, August 13. The game is scheduled to kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET.