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Know Your Opponent: Orlando Pride

06/09/2016 10:17 AM -

The Western New York Flash continue their homestretch as they play host to the Orlando Pride in their eighth match of the 2016 NWSL Regular Season on Saturday, June 11, in Rochester, NY. The Flash will be facing the expansion side, led by former Flash stars and current United States National Team members Ashlyn Harris and Alex Morgan, for the second time this season. Get a better look at the Pride before kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET.

 
A Closer Look at the Orlando Pride:
Regular Season Record: 4-3-0
Points: 12
Goal Differential: +2
League Rank: 4th
2016 Away Record: 1-3-0
Record vs. the Flash: 1-0-0, won on May 14 in ORL.
 
Fight at Fourth
The Flash and the Pride are in a tie for fourth place in the league standings as each are 4-3-0 with 12 points mid-way through the season. The Pride have been dominant at home, outscoring opponents 6-1 in their three wins. However, the expansion team has struggled on the road, earning only one win in their four away contests. The Pride fought their way to a 1-0 win in Houston before going scoreless against FC Kansas City this past week without Morgan in the lineup. The Flash dropped their first home contest, but were able to rebound and collect convincing wins in their second and third games at Rhinos Stadium.
 
 
Home Field Advantage
Orlando has struggled on the road this season, going 1-3-0 away from home and only producing two goals in their four road games. The Pride visited Houston riding a two-game win streak on May 20, and were able to extend that win streak to three thanks to a goal from Kristen Edmonds in the 81st minute. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris recorded a clean sheet for the Pride in the win. In Week 7, the Pride visited FC Kansas City – without Harris and Morgan – and were shutout by the Blues. Aubrey Bledsoe started her first career game in net and allowed two second-half goals.
 
The Flash have been explosive in their last two games – both played at home – as they have erupted for nine goals against the likes of Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers. Jessica McDonald led the effort against Sky Blue with a first-half brace, and three other Flash players added goals. Lynn Williams was the star against Boston as she scored two goals within a minute of each other in the 4-0 win. Taylor Smith and Abby Dahlkemper also recorded their first career goals in the win over Boston, as the Flash improved their home record to 2-1-0.
 
 
Rematch in Rochester
The first-ever meeting between the two teams was on May 14 in Orlando, Fla., and proved to be an exciting matchup. The Flash came out of the gate flying including Lynn Williams hitting a shot that banged off the post in the first half. The teams battled it out in a physical match, seeing multiple cards for both sides – including Flash captain Abby Erceg being shown a red after receiving two yellows. The stalemate was broke in the 71st minute when Edmonds found Morgan over the top who then chipped it in on the Pride’s best opportunity of the night. 
 
With the Flash finding their offensive form, Western New York is looking for a more favorable scoreline this time around. They are more than ready to play in front of their home crowd and look to continue to feed off the atmosphere.
 
Be sure to grab your tickets for Saturday’s contest as Sam Mewis, Jaelene Hinkle, Sabrina D’Angelo and the Western New York Flash play host to Alex Morgan, Jasmyne Spencer, Ashlyn Harris and the Orlando Pride at wnyflash.com/tickets. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. There will also be a live stream available at youtube.com/NWSL for those unable to attend the match.


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