The Breakers started it early, but the Pride left it late.
Kristen Edmonds‘ two goals in stoppage time delivered the Orlando Pride a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers on Sunday night in front of 5,842 in attendance at Camping World Stadium.
“We expected a tough game, and we go a tough game,” said Pride head coach Tom Sermanni. “We knew what Boston were going to do. I’m delighted on the way we kept going.”
“I think she brings quality,” Sermanni said on Edmonds. “But she also brings a level of fitness and mobility to go 90 minutes. She’s been great, if I look at all the players on this squad, and you look at somebody you think has been a find that we really didn’t know much about, then that’s been Kristen.”
Mollie Pathman put the Boston Breakers on the scoresheet five minutes into the game after executing on a fumble from Pride goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage. But it was Edmonds that ensured the Orlando comeback.
Brooke Elby, who was already on a yellow card, committed a foul on Jasmyne Spencer outside the box as the game approached stoppage time. Elby was sent off after conceding her second yellow card, leaving Edmonds to capitalize on the free kick, curling the ball in the bottom-right corner for the tying goal.
Edmonds secured her brace moments later after Spencer connected with her to chip the ball over Jami Kranich for the game-winning goal. The Breakers (1-10-1, four points) have not won the road since July 25, 2014.
The former Western New York Flash player was soon down on the field after scoring Orlando’s second goal. Sermanni confirmed moments later that Edmonds suffered a concussion.
The Pride improved to 6-6 with 18 points, provisionally jumping to fifth place in the league standings.
With six international players missing for the Pride because of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, Sermanni employed Kaylyn Kyle as a center back while bringing down Sam Witteman to left back.
“When you take a completely new back line, Toni [Pressley] has been the only center back to be in there all season, for us it was a good performance,” said Kyle. “There was one slip-up, and it was a mistake by us with a shot on net. I don’t play center back by any means, but you can get better by having more momentum.”
Despite the first-half defensive error that led to the Boston’s goal, the Pride found themselves taking five shots, three of them on target. Kristen Edmonds came close to scoring the tying goal for Orlando in the 39th minute after firing a shot from distance, but the opportunity failed after the ball hit off the post.
The Breakers could have doubled their lead before the Pride’s eventual comeback when Stephanie McCaffrey powered a shot from close range, but it was denied by Savage, who made her team debut for Orlando.
The Orlando Pride is back in action when it faces the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday at Camping World Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Orlando City Communications)
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