Orlando Pride 5
Sky Blue FC 0
Goals: ORL: 4’ Alex Morgan (assist Marta), 43’ Dani Weatherholt (assist Camila), 47’ Alex Morgan (assist Jasmyne Spencer), 53’ Marta, 58’ Marta (assist Alex Morgan)
Overview: Sky Blue FC continued its tough stretch in NWSL play with a 5-0 loss to the Orlando Pride Saturday night on the road at Orlando City Stadium. After its gutty performance in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Red Stars on July 15, the Sky Blue defense has suddenly become leaky, allowing 14 goals over its past three games, all losses.
In the match for Orlando, the Pride struck early, making good on a play in the 4th minute that started with Marta in the midfield. The Brazilian striker served a looping ball onto the feet of a racing Alex Morgan, who stepped around a defender before finishing to make it 1-0 in favor of the Pride.
Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan made some critical saves to keep this a one-goal contest for the majority of the first half, but Orlando eventually stretched its advantage to 2-0 in the 43rd minute. On that series, Camila split two defenders on the right flank before centering a hard roller for Dani Weatherholt in front of the frame. As the ball arrived, Weatherholt one-timed it into the back of the net to make it a two-score deficit.
Orlando then gained control of the match In the 47th minute as Long Island’s Jasmyne Spencer split two defenders to find Morgan alone with Sheridan, and the U.S. international slotted it past her to make it 3-0. Spencer then crossed a ball from the right flank in the 53rd minute that was just beyond the grasp of Sheridan, and Marta was there to head it home and make it a 4-0 contest. In the 58th minute, Morgan sent a hard roller through the center of the Sky Blue FC defense that found Marta, and she struck the ball away before Sheridan had a chance to react, placing a 5-0 tally on the scoreboard.
Sky Blue FC Head Coach Christy Holly…
“We showed a very nervous low in confidence across the board tonight,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We need to learn from this performance very quickly and approach next week’s game with energy and purpose.”
Next, up for Sky Blue FC is a home match with the Seattle Reign on August 19.
— NWSL (@NWSL) August 13, 2017