Summary | Pride in North Carolina
CARY, NC (May 22, 2021) – Orlando Pride (1-0-1, 4 points) earned their first 2021 regular season victory on Saturday night, earning a 2-1 road victory over 2019 NWSL champion North Carolina Courage (0-1-1, 1 point). The victory marked Courage’s first loss at home since June 16, 2018, a spell of 23 unbeaten games in 1,071 days.
Pride scored on both sides of the half, with Sydney Leroux scoring his second goal of 2021 in all competitions, and Alex Morgan scoring his second goal in as many games. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod started between posts for Pride, her first appearance in the NWSL since September 6, 2015 after spending five years abroad.
The victory marks four straight games unbeaten for Pride, dating back to an April 21 victory over Washington Spirit, with Pride only conceding twice during the period.
Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner:
“It’s a monumental victory for us. I think if you look at the stats 23 undefeated at home [for North Carolina] and we came here and took the three points with an epic fight, a commitment. What we were asking for was to play for the badge, to play for what we asked for and then obviously with the qualities we have to hurt the opponent. It was a bit of a justification for the commitment that the players and the staff give every day. This means that we are building step by step what we asked for and I cannot ask anyone in this room again tonight. They were gorgeous and should be applauded for what they did tonight.
Summary of scores:
36 ‘Sydney Leroux – ENT 1, NC 0
Pride entered the set first, after Sydney Leroux jumped on a stray backpass from Cari Roccaro. The forward made a quick cut to his left foot before hitting home a shot on the near side.
79 ‘Alex Morgan (Taylor Kornieck) – ENT 2, NC 0
Pride doubled its lead at the end of the second half, with Alex Morgan scoring what would prove to be the game winner in the 79th minute. After Taylor Kornieck threw a long ball, Morgan was able to retrieve it in stride before turning the corner on a Courage defender. Head-to-head with the keeper, Morgan shot home a shot that hit the far post and into it.
88 ‘Jessica McDonald (Lynn Williams) – ENT 2, NC 1
The home side ended the shutout with a few minutes to go, after Jessica McDonald was able to bring a stray ball into the box after a scramble.
Goalkeeper Erin McLeod’s four-save performance on Saturday marked her first start and first appearance in the NWSL since September 6, 2015, while playing for the Houston Dash. Signed in early 2020, McLeod did not appear for pride after a season shortened by COVID, but has been on loan to Iceland for most of the year.
After making his first three starts for Pride from the back row, Gunny Jónsdóttir started in midfield for the first time. Natural midfielder Jónsdóttir has played the 360 minutes she was available this year.
Orlando became the first team to beat Courage at home in 1,071 days, a 23-game stretch with their last loss to Cary on June 16, 2018.
La Pride have earned points in each of their last four games, dating back to the 2021 Challenge Cup. Orlando has gone 3-0-1 during that span, with the only draw in the season opener. regular 2021 last week.
Sydney Leroux scored his second goal of 2021 after scoring his first goal on April 21 against the Washington Spirit in the team’s third game of the NWSL Challenge Cup, a 1-0 Pride victory.
Alex Morgan’s 79th-minute goal marked his second goal in as many appearances, having also scored Pride’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Washington last week in the opener. of the team in the regular season.
With the win, Pride is tied with Gotham and Louisville atop the NWSL table with four points heading into Sunday’s games.
Next match: Pride will return home for two matches next week, against Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday 26 May at Exploria Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET with tickets available on Orlando-Pride.com.
ENT – Sydney Leroux 36 ‘
ENT – Alex Morgan (Taylor Kornieck) 79 ‘
NC – Jessica McDonald (Lynn Williams) 88 ‘
Summary of Misconduct:
NC – Kristen Hamilton (Yellow Card) 39 ‘
ENT – Marisa Viggiano (Yellow Card) 83 ‘
ENT – Courtney Petersen (Yellow Card) 89 ‘
NC – Carson Pickett (yellow card) 90 + 7 ‘
Schedules / substitutions:
Orlando Pride – GK Erin McLeod; D Ali Riley, Ali Krieger ©, Phoebe McClernon, Courtney Petersen; M Gunny Jónsdóttir, Meggie Dougherty Howard (Crystal Thomas 90 + 6 ‘), Marta (Toni Pressley 85’); F Taylor Kornieck, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux (Marisa Viggiano 76 ‘)
Subs not used: GK Brittany Wilson; Dr. Ally Haran, Konya Plummer; Mr. Chelsee Washington; F Abi Kim
North Carolina Courage – GK Casey Murphy; Dr Merritt Mathias (Taylor Smith 69 ‘), Abby Erceg, Kaleigh Kurtz, Carson Pickett; M Denis O’Sullivan, Debinha, Cari Roccaro (Havana Solaun 74 ‘); F Lynn Williams, Jessica McDonald, Kristen Hamilton (Hailie Mace 69 ‘)
Subs not used: GK Kaitlyn Rowland; D Schuyler Debree, Ryan Williams, Diane Caldwell; Ms. Meredith Speck; F Bretagne Ratcliffe
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: May 22, 2021
Summary of statistics: ORL / NC
Possession: 40.8% / 59.2%
Shots On Target: 3/5
Corner Kicks: 3/10
REF: Alexandra Billeter
AR1: Kali Smith
AR2: Justin Howard
4TH: Emma Richards