Orlando Pride lose to Boston Breakers 1-0
Pride will see 26-day break until next match at Camping World Stadium
ALLSTON, Mass. – Orlando Pride lost 1-0 to the Boston Breakers at Harvard University on Sunday.
"Despite giving up the early goal, I thought we came on fairly strong in the first half; we scored a goal that was offside, hit the post [on another] and had another good chance. So we were still in the game," Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. "Then, the second half was a real battle. It was a real scrap. It was one of those games where a team is desperately trying to hold onto a lead and we’re trying to break them down. We probably just didn't have enough quality on the day to create chances that we should have created given our field position."
Orlando put high pressure on Boston in the final minutes of the match with Jasmyne Spencer creating an opportunity late. Pride team officials said Spencer carried the ball through the defense and into the 18-yard box, where she was taken down, but the forward was unable to win a penalty kick in extra time.
The Pride went into halftime facing a one-goal deficit after the Breakers got on the board in the 10th minute. Team officials said Natasha Dowie was able to capitalize on a miscue by Orlando's defense, picking off Kristen Edmond's back-pass to goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage, then beating the goalkeeper for the lone goal of the match.
Orlando will see a 26-day break until their next match as the National Women's Soccer League will be on hiatus from Aug. 1-25, as the Rio Olympics take place. The team said it returns to Camping World Stadium on Aug. 26, hosting the top-seeded Washington Spirit.
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