ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Pride fell 2-0 against the Houston Dash on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium.
The team dropped the final leg of a back-to-back series with Houston.
"I thought we were, up until the first water break, I thought we were quite comfortable. I thought we were playing OK and generally in control of the game. I felt that if we would have scored at the stage we would have probably gone on and won the game," head coach Tom Sermanni said. "But frankly, after that, I thought we were very poor. I thought the energy was poor, I thought the effort was poor and I thought the execution was poor. We really never got any stage of the game after that, to put Houston in any kind of pressure. So I think given how we having been paying of late, I think it was a disappointing performance."
This comes after a 4-2 win against Houston in Texas last weekend.
The Houston Dash jumped out to a one-goal advantage seconds before the first half whistle after Carli Lloyd scored her first goal of the season. The visitors built on their lead in the 62nd minute on a transition started by goalkeeper Jane Campbell’s clearance to Lloyd. The midfielder collected the ball in the middle, found Poliana on the right flank before crossing in to Rachel Daly who one-timed the ball past Aubrey Bledsoe.
Steph Catley came up with a "Save of the Week" contender in the 43rd minute, using her left foot to clear Poliana's shot off the line and keep the game scoreless.
The Orlando Pride said the match made National Women's Soccer League history as the team became the first NWSL team to wear rainbow numbers on the back of their match jerseys. The game-worn kits will later be auctioned off by the Orlando City Foundation with proceeds going to charity.
Both teams also wore black armbands during the match to honor former U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco, who passed away earlier this week, the Orlando Pride said.
Orlando travels to New Jersey to face Sky Blue FC on Wednesday evening.