OL Reign has recently welcomed back former head coach Laura Harvey, after the resignation of Farid Benstiti on July 2nd. Harvey spent the last four years coaching the Utah Royals and most recently assisting the U.S. WNT at the Tokyo Olympics. Harvey led the Reign from 2013-17, earning Coach of the Year honors twice during this span and taking the Reign to two NWSL Championship matches.
OL Reign currently sits second in the league table with a record of 10-7-2. Their last match against the Spirit was forfeited and the Reign were awarded a 3-0 victory. The team played their last match on Sept. 4, when OL Reign tied Racing Louisville 1-1. Bethany Balcer scored in the 74th minute to secure the draw and point for the Reign.
Bethany Balcer currently sits tied with Sydney Leroux atop the league with eight goals. Jess Fishlock leads OL Reign in assists with five assists on the season. Eugénie Le Sommer has also recorded three goals and three assists in 2021 for the Reign.
The Pride faced off against OL Reign earlier this season at Exploria Stadium, dropping the match in a 2-0 decision. Jess Fishlock and Tziarra King both recorded goals for OL Reign and the Pride were unable to answer. Ashlyn Harris tallied 10 saves in the affair, including her fifth-consecutive penalty save of the calendar year.
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The Pride has not made the trip to Cheney Stadium in over two years, with the last visit coming on September 7, 2019. In addition, Orlando has never lost multiple times in a season or lost back-to-back matches against OL Reign.