Summary | Taylor Kornieck Equalizer earns Orlando a point on the road in Washington
WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2021) – Orlando Pride (3-0-2, 11 points) fought a hard-fought point on the road on Sunday afternoon when he drew the Washington Spirit (2-1-2, 8 points) 1-1 in a hot afternoon game at Audi Field. With the draw, the Pride remains undefeated to kick off the NWSL’s 2021 regular season, with three wins and two draws in the first five games and has remained undefeated in the last seven games in the Challenge Cup.
The Spirit scored the game’s opening goal in the 64th minute, but the Pride reacted quickly away, with Taylor Kornieck equalizing in the 67th minute after a steal from Marta deep in the Washington zone. The goal marked Kornieck’s first goal of the regular season, her second in all competitions and Marta’s first assist in 2021.
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris put in another strong performance for her hometown, scoring five saves in the game, including a couple of big stops to keep the spirit off the board a second time.
Pride will have a one-week break as FIFA’s international window is at the top of the NWSL standings with 11 points over the first five games.
Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner:
“Really hard-earned draw in a difficult place. Of course you can’t see we’re used to being heated, but the intensity of the heat on the players to get through that … We got to a point in the game where we felt that, even when we cashed in, we felt we were comfortable and were able to return to the game and of course fought from there. So what is shown is the mentality of the players, their sense of togetherness, their spirit and the response in the group. It was a really good mental point for us today and on the road when you get to these places, when you can collect points, that’s our goal. “
64 ‘Ashley Hatch (Kelley O’Hara) – WAS 1, ORL 0
The home side took the lead in the middle of the second half with a header from Ashley Hatch, who nodded a cross from Kelley O’Hara in the 64th minute.
67 ‘Taylor Kornieck (Marta) – ORL 1, WAS 1
Just a few minutes later, Pride tied things to Taylor Kornieck’s foot. The game began with Marta intercepting a throw from Aubrey Bledsoe, with her one-touch falling on Kornieck. The striker made a touch before hitting a low, driven shot on the opposite side for her first goal of the regular season.
- With her tie in the 67th minute, striker Taylor Kornieck scored her first goal of the season and the second cross-competition goal. The University of Colorado product scored the first goal of Pride in 2021, a header in the team’s Challenge Cup opener in Louisville on April 10th.
- Kornieck was now involved in three of the last five goals of the regular season Pride and has contributed to four in all competitions with two goals and two assists.
- After picking up Aubrey Bledsoe’s outlet throw and sending the ball to goalscorer Kornieck, Marta received her first assist of the 2021 season. The Brazilian striker leads the Pride on all assists, with 11 on her name.
- Erika Tymrak, who came on in the 63rd minute, made her first appearance in the regular season and for the first time since April 14 after an injury.
- The draw on Sunday was the second time that Pride rose from a 1-0 deficit to split points with Spirit and did the same for both teams at the regular season opener on May 16. Hatch scored another goal in that, with Alex Morgan doing things less than 10 minutes later for the 1-1 final.
- With another point, the Pride have extended their unbeaten run in the regular season to five games in a row and seven in all competitions. The Pride have only suffered one defeat in their nine games this year, a 1-0 loss to Gotham FC in the Challenge Cup on April 14th.
- On the way to the FIFA break, Orlando remains at the top of the NWSL table with 11 points in the first five games of the season.
Next game: The Pride takes a week off for the FIFA window and returns on Sunday June 20th when the team takes on NJ / NY Gotham FC at Exploria Stadium. This game begins at 6:00 p.m. ET and marks the club’s Mission Rainbow match in honor of the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Pulse nightclub. Tickets to this game can be purchased at Orlando-Pride.com or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.
Summary of results:
WHAT – Ashley Hatch (Kelley O’Hara) 64 ‘
ORL – Taylor Kornieck (Marta) 67 ‘
Summary of the misconduct:
ORL – Courtney Petersen (yellow card) 39 ‘
ORL – Alex Morgan (yellow card) 45 + 2 ‘
WAS – Anna Heilferty (yellow card) 90 + 1 ‘
Lineups / substitutions:
Orlando pride – GK Ashlyn Harris ©; D Ali Riley, Phoebe McClernon, Ali Krieger, Courtney Petersen; M. Gunny Jónsdóttir, Meggie Dougherty Howard (Erika Tymrak 63.), Taylor Kornieck (Chelsee Washington 88.); F. Marta, Alex Morgan, Marisa Viggiano
Unused substitute: GK Brittany Wilson; D Ally Haran, Konya Plummer, Toni Pressley; F Abi Kim, Crystal Thomas
Washington spirit – GK Aubrey Bledsoe; D. Tori Huster, Emily Sonett, Sam Staab, Kelley O’Hara; M Julia Roddar (Dorian Bailey 61st), Andi Sullivan ©, Ashley Sanchez; F Ashley Hatch (Anna Heilferty 87 ‘), Trinity Rodman, Tara McKeown (Jordan DiBiasi 61’)
Unused substitute: GK Devon Kerr; D. Natalie Jacobs, Tegan McGrady, Camryn Biegalski; MF Kumi Yokoyama, Mariana Speckmaier
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Date: June 6, 2021
Number of participants: 5,199
Statistics summary: ORL / WAS
Ownership: 53.2% / 46.8%
Shots on goal: 2/6 2
Corner kicks: 4/3
REF: Adorae Monroy
AR1: Ben Pilgrim
AR2: Max Smith
4th: Nickrod Fateh