Marta’s two goals, two assists lead Orlando to 4-2 win over Houston
Carli Lloyd started and played 72 minutes for the Dash in her 2017 NWSL debut
Marta contributed on ever goal for Orlando in the Pride's Week 9 win over the Dash. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/
Marta contributed on ever goal for Orlando in the Pride's Week 9 win over the Dash. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/

Marta scored two goals and added two assists as the Pride won big in Houston, 4-2 over the Dash, in front of 5,918 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, as Carli Lloyd made her 2017 NWSL debut for the Dash.

Camila opened the scoring for Orlando in the 16th minute, taking a pass from Marta about 35 yards from goal and and launched a right-footed rocket that beat Houston goalkeeper Lydia Williams to the upper 90.

Lloyd, the two-time reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, started for the Dash and played 73 minutes in her return following her stint with Manchester City. Her best effort on goal came in the 21st minute, but her left-footed bending strike was thwarted by a strong save by Pride goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Marta’s first goal of the game came on the ensuing offensive effort for the Pride as the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year collected a loose ball, dribbled past two defenders and unleashed a left-footed strike to give Orlando a 2-0 lead just 22 minutes in.

Marta’s second score came in the 57th minute as Jasmyne Spencer found the Brazilian striker in between two Dash defenders. Marta raced into the box and slotted a left-footed shot past Williams to make it 3-0.

Marta’s second assist came in the 68th minute off a corner kick, which she bent in towards goal and right to the head of Alanna Kennedy, who headed it home from the top of the 6-yard box.

Marta moved in to a tie for the league-lead with five goals this season. She also has three assists.

Houston added two late goals to deny Bledsoe, starting in place of the injured Ashlyn Harris, her second consecutive clean sheet. Poliana scored on a header off an assist from Andressa in the 89th minute and Nichelle Prince scored her first NWSL goal in the game’s final seconds off another assist from Andressa.

The Dash fell to 2-7-0 with the loss while the Pride improved to 3-3-3 with their second straight win.

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