Pride and Sky Blue play to wild 2-2 draw
The Pride are now 8-6-6 on the season
Orlando Pride forward Marta's penalty kick was saved in the final moments of the match. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/
Orlando Pride forward Marta's penalty kick was saved in the final moments of the match. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/

High drama in Orlando as the Pride and Sky Blue FC played to a wild 2-2 draw at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday night. This game had everything: red card, handball, penalty kick — and so much more.

With the score tied 2-2 as Orlando took corner kick in the 96th minute, Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond headed the ball on frame, outside of the reach of Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Sky Blue’s Carli Lloyd rose up and made contact with the ball with her arm, stopping the ball from going over the line. Lloyd was shown a red card by referee Luis Guardia for the handball.

Pride forward Marta stepped up to take the penalty kick, hitting it low and with her left foot to the right side of goal. Sheridan dove the right way and easily collected the shot. Orlando got another corner kick after that, but still could not find the game-winning goal.

Both sides had a few chances in the first half, but the score was 0-0 to start the second half — and that’s when the real fun began.

Marta got the Pride a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, following up on the play after a strong effort and shot from Dani Weatherholt hit the far post. The ball bounced directly into the path of Marta, who knocked it in for her fourth goal of the season.

Sky Blue immediately answered, scoring in the 53rd minute. Shea Groom served a cross to Imani Dorsey, open in the box and Dorsey hit it with her right foot past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Dorsey appeared to have been kept onside on the play by Pride defender Alanna Kennedy.

In the 59th minute, Groom gave Sky Blue their first lead of the entire season, scoring with her head after a cross from Savannah McCaskill. A cross from Lloyd — who subbed in in the 56th minute — set up McCaskill to start the goal-scoring play.

Groom hit her head on the play and had to leave the match.

Lloyd nearly scored for Sky Blue in the 69th minute after some nice moves in the box, but Harris tipped the ball over the bar.

While Sky Blue was able to sub in Lloyd and Katie Johnson (83rd minute) in the match, Orlando answered with a double sub of their own in the 61st minute, bringing in Alex Morgan and Camila.

In the 73rd minute, Camila played Weatherholt into the box with a pass, and Weatherholt stuck with the play and scored the game-tying goal.

Morgan nearly had the game-winner in the 79th minute, but Sheridan tipped the left-footed effort over the crossbar.

The draw drops the Pride to 8-6-6 with 30 points, still good enough for third place in the NWSL standings following the rest of the Week 19 results. But the Pride have just four games left to play, at least a game or two less than their nearest competitors.

Sky Blue FC remains in search of their first win of the season. They are now 0-13-4 with four points. Due to the red card, they’ll be without Lloyd for their next match, on Saturday at home vs. the Houston Dash.

The Pride will next be in action on Saturday at home vs. Portland Thorns FC.


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