Orlando Pride maintained their unbeaten record with Courtney Petersen scoring her first career goal on Sunday night in a 1-1 match against NJ/NY Gotham FC at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
Sunday’s match marked the team’s first game in 14 days and first at home game since May 30th, with the side defeating Kansas City 1-0. The Pride’s unbeaten streak reaches six-straight to start the regular season, and eight total dating back to the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.
Sunday also marked the Mission Rainbow match with the Orlando Pride Club honoring the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, which happened five-years ago in Orlando, the first responders from that night, and also a celebration of Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community.
Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner shared on the game: “I thought we were the better team, I thought that we created chances that were much more effective than the chances they [Gotham] created. And, of course, I think both goals were crosses if you look at them but they both are flying to the net as weird games will do that. But what it was, and the most important message to hit home, is the psychology of the players.
The players now are in a space where they are believing who they are, believing what the team is doing and believing together. At halftime it was very clear, the message: ‘We have control of what we are doing. We are in control of what we are doing and we must keep doing that.’ And I think it was that psychological change in the players. It gets to the point where you build and will yourself into positions to win games and, for us, we created enough chances to win this game two, three times over with the quality of the chances. [Gotham] are good at ball possession but we chased, harried and harassed and never gave up and that’s the attitude of the Pride.”
Orlando Pride remains atop the NWSL standings, now tied with Portland Thorns FC, who also sit at 12 points with a 4-2-0 record. The Pride will continue its three-match week, the second of such this year, next heading on the road to face Kansas City at Legends Field for the first time on Wednesday, June 23rd. That midweek game will kickoff in the afternoon at 2 p.m. ET with streaming available on Paramount+.
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