HOUSTON – The Orlando Pride fell to the Houston Dash 4-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
Team officials said it was the first time Orlando has fallen to Houston this season, owning the season series over the 2014 expansion side after winning the first three meetings between the two teams.
"Houston is a very good team and did a lot of good soccer things," Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. "[They] played some great football and certainly deserved the win. It's not about the winning or the losing that frustrate me. It's about the bad habits, poor decisions [and] unforced errors. Yet, we [got] ourselves from nothing back in the game, which highlights the quality of the team."
Orlando got on the scoreboard in the 80th minute on a free kick. Team officials said Jasmyne Spencer drew a foul 22 yards out, setting up a set piece for Kristen Edmonds.
Edmonds found captain Alex Morgan on a curling run, sending the forward down the left side of the box to fire her third goal of the season past Houston Dash's Lydia Williams, team officials said.
Edmonds cut the Dash lead to one late in the match with her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The team said Edmonds was in position at the top of the box, collecting a toe-poke from Kaylyn Kyle and firing it back on net away from Williams, who was moving the opposite direction.
Kealia Ohai added her second of the night in second-half stoppage time for the 4-2 final. The Pride's lineup was depleted at the start of the extra time, after Becky Edwards took a hard foul to the back and had to leave the match late with an injury, team officials said.
Orlando plays their final road match of the inaugural season Wednesday night, kicking off a home-and-home series with Sky Blue FC.