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Pride Down Breakers Behind Kristen Edmonds’ Late Brace

Jul 10, 2016

Pride Down Breakers Behind Kristen Edmonds’ Late Brace

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10, 2016) – Orlando Pride began an important stretch of July games with a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers, as midfielder Kristen Edmonds scored two goals in the final four minutes to lift the Club to an invigorating win.

After Sunday’s victory, the Pride (6-6-0, 18 points) are now tied for fourth place with the Chicago Red Stars, setting up an important battle between the two teams next Saturday at Camping World Stadium.

“I think [the win] says a lot about the squad, not just about the team,” Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “I think what it says is we are a squad with depth, a squad that’s got players that are prepared to go in and do what we need to do to try and win games. [We’re] a squad that keeps going to the 90th minute.”

 

Kristen Edmonds celebrates the first of two goals for the night in the Pride win against Boston

Kristen Edmonds celebrates the first of two goals for the night in the Pride win against Boston (Jeff Nickel /Action Florida Sports)

Just before stoppage time, Edmonds scored on a clinical free kick from the wing, bending the ball around Boston’s five-player wall and into the left side of the goal. The set piece was awarded after Brooke Elby fouled Jasmyne Spencer, earning her second yellow of the night and reducing the visitors to 10-players for injury time.

Then, the third-year veteran earned three points for the home club, running onto a pass from Leah Fortune and chipping Jami Kranich despite taking a hard hit from the goalkeeper. Fortune, who earned her first NWSL appearance in the match, sent Edmonds running with a one-timed volley off of Kranich’s goal kick which fell just outside of the 18.

“We expected a tough game and we got a tough game. We knew what Boston was going to do and losing that early goal made life difficult,” Sermanni added. “It gave Boston that little bit of confidence to be able to sit in and defend and frustrate us. I was delighted the way we kept going and kept going.”

Fortune came into the match in the 79th minute and nearly added the Pride’s second goal of the night on a late free kick, going over the wall but just missing the upper corner. The Brazilian-American also tried to setup Jasmyne Spencer on a ball across the goalmouth, but Spencer’s sliding attempt narrowly missed.

Forward Mollie Pathman scored Boston’s lone goal of the evening that, until the final three minutes, looked to be the difference in the match. Pathman jumped on a mishandled ball by goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage, who earned her first start after being signed by the Pride on Wednesday.

Despite the early goal, the Pride rebounded and put pressure on the Breakers defense, totaling a season-high 16 shots in the game.

Savage made three stops in her NWSL debut, including a tag-team effort with center back Toni Pressley to deny Stephanie McCaffrey in the 86th minute. With Savage between the pipes, Orlando featured a new-look backline as Kaylyn Kyle dropped down to join Pressley at center back, while Cami Levin and rookie Sam Witteman defended the outside.

Edmonds led the Pride with five shots, nearly equalizing in the first half but was kept out by the post.

Photos by Jeff Nickel