Orlando Pride

Match report: Pride push unbeaten streak to three games, earn second-straight shutout with draw at Gotham FC 

NJNYvORL Match Report

HARRISON, N.J. – Orlando Pride (2-4-1, 7 points) extended its unbeaten run to three-straight matches on Sunday night, capping off a two-game road trek with a scoreless draw at NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-2-1, 13 points) at Red Bull Arena.  

Goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse was tasked with just one save on the night, but it was an important one, making an 84th-minute kick save on Yazmeen Ryan to keep the game level. The match marked Moorhouse’s second-straight shutout after earning a 1-0 win last week against Racing Louisville FC. 

The Pride led the match statistically, holding the home side to just one shot compared to their six on frame. Early in the game, defender Kylie Strom looked to nod in a corner kick from Marta, but her attempt went over the bar, while Mikayla Cluff had two long-distance shots that forced Gotham goalkeeper Abby Smith to make difficult saves.  

Second-half substitute Ally Watt nearly broke through for Orlando in the second minute of stoppage time, but Smith again came up with a big stop to ensure the split points.  

With the start in the game, midfielder Erika Tymrak recorded her 175th appearance across all competitions.

Head Coach Seb Hines:  
“Disappointed that we haven't come away with three points, I think all the players feel the same way. It was a complete performance, we were very difficult to play against and, considering they've [Gotham] got some of the best players in the league, I felt the back line, midfielders, forwards...they all worked extremely hard to get a clean sheet tonight. I'm really happy with them. We created a lot of opportunities, as well, it just didn't fall our way but there's a lot of growth in today's game and we're still building that momentum. Now we're just looking forward to the next game because we're starting to gel and get together and connecting a lot better now. So, yeah, overall pleased that performance both felt like we could have won the game, certainly.”

Match Notes:

  • The Pride pushed their unbeaten streak to three-straight games with the draw, with two wins and one tie in their last three matches.
  • Goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse recorded her second-straight shutout in league play, making one save on the night.
  • Orlando allowed Gotham only six total shots and just one shot on goal, the lowest allowed by the Pride this season in both categories.
  • With the start, midfielder Erika Tymrak recorded her 175th NWSL appearance across all competitions.
  • After a midweek Challenge Cup match, Head Coach Seb Hines returned to his same Starting XI for the third-straight time in regular season play.

Next Match:

The Orlando Pride head back to the friendly confines of Exploria Stadium on Saturday, May 20 to host the Washington Spirit. The 7 p.m. ET kickoff will mark Pups of Pride night, with fans able to bring their canine companions to the match.