NWSL: NWSL roundup: Pride edge Current in matchup of unbeatens


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Marta scored on a second-half penalty kick for the Orlando Pride, who didn’t flinch despite playing the second half a player down and beat the host Kansas City Current 2-1 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

The Pride improved to 11-0-5, including 5-0-3 in road matches. Kansas City dropped to 10-1-5.

Barbra Banda had the first Orlando goal in the 37th minute. Banda has 12 goals in 12 matches this season, including at least one in three straight matches. Marta posted her fifth goal of the season.

A bad foul on Kansas City goalie Adrianna Franch in the penalty area allowed for Marta’s penalty kick in the 63rd minute.

Carrie Lawrence’s red card late in the first half put the Pride in a tough situation. Orlando Goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse made seven saves.

Kansas City had six shot attempts in extra time, with Moorhouse notching two saves during that span.

Temwa Chawinga scored for Kansas City in the 39th minute, extending her streak of goals to five consecutive matches. She has scored seven of her 12 goals this season during that stretch.

Gotham FC 2, Angel City 1

Rose Lavelle and Delanie Sheehan scored in the first half as NY/NJ beat host Angel City.

Ann-Katrin Berger made one save for the victory, though Angel City converted on Claire Emslie’s penalty kick in the 69th minute, which occurred after Mandy Freeman’s foul in the penalty area and subsequent yellow card.

Gotham (9-3-4, 31 points) own two victories against Angel City (4-9-3, 15 points) in a one-month span. Both came by 2-1 results.

Spirit 3, Bay FC 0

Rookie Makenna Morris scored her first NWSL goal to set the tone as visiting Washington rolled past Bay FC.

Trinity Rodman, who converted a penalty kick, and Ouleymata Sarr also scored for the Spirit. Washington (11-4-1, 34 points) recorded its third shutout in less than a month.

Bay FC (6-10-0, 18 points) had a two-match win streak end and lost to Washington for the second time this season.

–Field Level Media


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