Expansion club Orlando Pride collected their first result away from home, a 1-0 victory over the Dash in Houston. Kristen Edmonds’s first NWSL goal was one to remember for its importance in the victory as well as the beauty of the strike.
Near the end of a mostly forgettable affair in front of 6,293 at BBVA Compass Stadium, Edmonds made sure the match had at least one highlight to speak of. The play began as a counterattack led by Lianne Sanderson. The English international sprayed the ball left to Sam Witteman who cut in and had her shot blocked. It came back to Sanderson who played it perfectly through space to an open Edmonds on the right side. The shot from a few steps outside the penalty area beat Dash keeper Lydia Williams near the far post after smacking off the crossbar.
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) May 21, 2016
Moments before the goal the Dash narrowly escaped going down on an Alex Morgan header but Allysha Chapman alertly slide across the goal line and cleared the low shot out of danger with a reaching foot.
The Dash won the midfield battle in the opening half but could not secure much in the final third. The Pride began to take more control in the second. The best Dash chance on the night came via late substitute Amber Brooks who hit a hard shot from distance in an attempt to equalize but it went straight into Ashlyn Harris.
The shutout for Harris was her third in a row and it lifted the Pride (4-2-0, 12 pts) into second place in NWSL. The Dash (2-3-1, 7 pts) lost their second straight and slipped below Sky Blue FC into seventh place on tiebreakers. The Dash are back in action next Friday at home against top-of-the-table Spirit. The Pride are back on the road against FC Kansas City on Saturday.
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