ORLANDO, Fla. (April 14, 2019) - Orlando Pride (0-1-0, 0 points) fell 2-0 to Portland Thorns FC (1-0-0, 3 points) in its 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season opener at Orlando City Stadium.
The match marked the professional debuts for Joanna Boyles and 2019 NWSL College Draft pick Erin Greening. In addition, midfielder Bridget Callahan made her first professional start.
Head Coach Marc Skinner:
“It wasn’t good enough from us. I think that all of the things we looked at doing in preseason, we didn’t effect first half. We just didn’t do them, so we had some words at halftime. We had a better second half; still not good enough. That’s nothing against players, that’s nothing personal, that’s nothing me telling that the players aren’t good enough. That’s me saying as a team, as a collective, we were not good enough in that game and it’s the reason we lost. It’s just as simple as that.”
45’ Caitlin Foord (Tobin Heath) - POR 1, ORL 0
After a scrum in the box, Tobin Heath finds Caitlin Foord in the center who converts to give the visitors the lead.
49’ Tobin Heath (Caitlin Foord) - POR 2, ORL 0
Foord slides a ball inside the 18 from the right side, finding Heath who manages to get a foot on the ball, deflecting into the back of the net.
- Midfielder Bridget Callahan made her first career NWSL start on the evening. Callahan, a University of Central Florida graduate, made one appearance for the Pride in 2018.
- Midfielder Joanna Boyles logged her first professional minutes and recorded her first NWSL start.
- Defender Erin Greening registered her first professional appearance when she entered the match in the 74th minute. The Pride selected
- Greening No. 25 overall in the 2019 NWSL College Draft out of the University of Colorado.
The Pride face a quick turnaround, hitting the road to face the defending NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage on Wednesday, April 17. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park.
POR - Caitlin Foord (Tobin Heath) 45’
POR - Tobin Heath (Caitlin Foord) 49’
ORL - Camila (Yellow Card) 90+1’
Orlando Pride - GK Ashlyn Harris ©; D Ali Krieger, Joanna Boyles, Shelina Zadorsky, Carson Pickett; M Rachel Hill (Kristen Edmonds 76’), Dani Weatherholt, Bridget Callahan (Erin Greening 74’), Chioma Ubogagu (Camila 65’); F Marta, Alex Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: GK Haley Kopmeyer; D Morgan Reid; Marisa Viggiano; F Abby Elinsky
Portland Thorns FC - GK Adrianna French; D Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Katherine Reynolds, Ellie Carpenter; M Celeste Boureille (Dagny Brynjarsdottir 71’), Lindsey Horan, Christine Sinclair ©; F Tobin Heath, Ana Crnogorcevic (Tyler Lussi 89’), Caitlin Foord (Mallory Weber 90+4’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Britt Eckerstrom; D Elizabeth Ball, Kelli Hubly; M Gabby Seiler
Details of the Game:
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Date: April 14, 2019
Stats Summary: ORL / POR
Possession: 53.5% / 46.5%
Shots: 15 / 22
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 7
Fouls: 8 / 12
Offside: 0 / 3
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Trent Van Haitsma
Fourth Official: Miguel Martes