To kick off Week 6 in the NWSL, the Orlando Pride beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on Wednesday night at Toyota Park in front of a crowed of 2,027 in Bridgeview, Illinois.
It’s Orlando’s first-ever win over Chicago. The Pride were 4-0-1 against the Red Stars coming into the game. With the win, the Pride improve to 2-2-2 on the season. The Red Stars are now 2-2-3.
Chioma Ubogagu scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the 28th minute to put the Pride up 1-0 early. Ubogagu started the play with an interception at midfield, and the ball bounced to Sydney Leroux. The Pride forwards traded passes up the field, before Ubogagu took a shot from 20 yards out. Her shot appeared to take a deflection on its way past Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
The Pride made it 2-0 in the 81st minute. Rachel Hill scored her first goal of the season after subbing in at the 70th minute. Ali Krieger started the play with a steal at midfield and Emily van Egmond earned her first assist with the Pride on the play.
Van Egmond made her Pride debut last weekend after missing the first four games of the season while on international duty with Brazil.
The game was a meeting between last year’s top two scorers in Sam Kerr of the Red Stars and Marta of the Pride, but neither took a shot on goal in the game. Kerr had a few dangerous chances in the game and took four total shots, but did not hit one on frame.
One of Chicago’s best chances came in the 66th minute when Sarah Gorden‘s cross was tipped away by Harris.
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Michele Vasconcelos also had a chance to tie the game in the 76th minute after a pass from Kerr, but hit her shot wide.
Kerr did get one final chance to score her first Red Stars goal in the 92nd minute, and did indeed hit the back of the net with her shot, but was offside on the play so the goal did not count.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Red Stars ruled Julie Ertz out with a back injury, so she missed the game after making her 2018 season debut on Saturday. Pride forward Alex Morgan also missed the game after being listed as questionable with a hyperextended left knee.
Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was also listed as questionable with a hyperextended left elbow, but played all 90 minutes and made one save to earn her second shutout of the season.
The match was pretty evenly split, according to Opta. The Red Stars held a slight edge in possession 50.9% to 49.1%. Passing accuracy was evenly split with the Red Stars at 71.6% and the Pride at 71.7%. The Pride outshot the Red Stars 8-7, but held a clear edge in shots on goal 6-1.
The Red Stars will head to North Carolina to take on the first-place and unbeaten Courage on Sunday. The Pride get a rest this weekend and will next face Utah Royals FC on May 9.