Orlando Pride bounce back with 2-1 win over Utah Royals FC
Kristen Edmonds scored the game-winning goal

Alex Morgan converted a penalty kick and Kristen Edmonds scored her first goal of the season as the Orlando Pride beat Utah Royals FC 2-1 on the road at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The win moves the Pride to 8-6-4 (28 points) on the season and they remain in third place. It’s a bounce back win after a 3-1 loss in Houston on Wednesday night that also saw Marta get red carded in the dying moments and have to sit out Saturday’s game in Utah.

Utah Royals FC are now 5-6-6 with 21 points, and the loss is their third straight. They’re in sixth place and have a game in hand, but sit seven points behind the Red Stars and Pride who are tied on 28 points.

Edmonds scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute, chipping Utah Royals FC goalkeeper Abby Smith after an assist from defender Ali Krieger. The assist for Krieger came in her 100th NWSL appearance.

Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in the eighth minute, volleying a cross from Rachel Corsie past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

The Pride leveled the match at the end of the first half on a penalty kick. On a Pride corner kick, Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir was whistled for holding Alanna Kennedy in the box and Orlando was awarded a penalty kick. Morgan scored from the spot to make it 1-1. It’s the fourth goal of the season for Morgan.

Corsie came up with a big defensive play in the second half in the 65th minute after Smith was caught off her line. Pride forward Sydney Leroux — who subbed in for Morgan in the 62nd minute, took a shot at the open net, but Corsie got just enough of her head on it to push it wide.



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