The Orlando Pride entered last night's match at Camping World Stadium in desperate need of a win. Having lost three straight games -- and failing to score a goal in any of them -- the Pride were in free fall during their four-game road swing.
But the team came together and played well in the wake of a difficult week. The Pride players said goodbye to teammate Lianne Sanderson, who was traded to Western New York, and it was the team's first game at home since the tragic Pulse Nightclub shootings. With that turmoil as the backdrop, the Pride faced the Houston Dash and turned in a fine performance, although time and again they failed to produce a final product, and that elusive goal seemed it would never come.
Second-half substitute Jasmyne Spencer broke the drought in stoppage time, tapping in a cross from Sarah Hagen to sent the nearly 7,000 fans home happy. It was the culmination of a play by two of the team's hardest working players on the night -- Alex Morgan and Jamia Fields. Morgan started the play in the lower left corner of the Houston penalty area, crossing diagonally to Fields. Once Fields got the ball, she tried a couple of moves, created some space, and found Hagen, who assisted on Spencer's first goal with Orlando.
It was a much-needed win for the Pride and an exciting night for their fans. We hope you enjoy these images from the match.