Penalty kick in waning seconds helps Pride salvage tie against Kansas City

Pride are now 1-1-1 on the season

The Orlando Pride announced the team has withdrawn from the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup after players and staff tested positive for COVID-19. (

A last-minute goal saved the Orlando Pride from defeat on Saturday.

Toni Pressley scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time to help the Pride salvage a 2-2 tie at home against Kansas City in what was a wild finish.

Kansas City thought it had the game won when Kristen Hamilton scored right at the 90:00 mark to give her team a 2-1 lead.

But after Kylie Strom was fouled at the edge of the penalty box following a corner kick, Presley stepped up and converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game.

The Pride (1-1-1, 5 points) took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute on a goal by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir, but Kansas City (0-1-2, 1 point) answered in the 78th minute on a goal by Elyse Bennett.

Next up for the Pride is a road game on Wednesday against the North Carolina Courage.

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