Orlando Pride upset North Carolina Courage 3-1

Orlando Pride upset North Carolina Courage 3-1
Jessica McDonald could add to her record goalscoring on Sunday (Source: Getty - Icon Sportswire)

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Orlando got goals from Ubogagu, Camila, and Spencer to earn their first win of the season. Debinha pulled one back for the Courage, who lose just their first game of the year. The Pride are still the only team to score on the Courage.

FT: Orlando hand North Carolina their first defeat of the 2017 season, 3-1 in Orlando.

93' Burkenroad got free on the right side of the box and rifled a shot straight at D'Angelo.

91' The game is getting chippier and chippier. The Pride foul Hatch, and the Courage will have a free kick.

The referee has added five minutes of additional time.

89' Orlando will have a corner kick in the last minute of regular time, and Edmonds and Marta will take their time with it.

87' A hard challenge on Zerboni by Krieger and the Pride defender receives a yellow card.

85' A couple of collisions send Smith and Spencer flying. The foul goes against the Courage.

81' Goal Orlando! Spencer gives the Pride a 3-1 lead on a pass from Marta.

North Carolina Substitution: Kristen Hamilton replaces Makenzy Doniak

Orlando Substitution: Christina Burkenroad checks in for Jamia Fields

78' Play resumes with Orlando trying to get the ball out of their half.

It's time for the second hydration break so both teams can get some water.

75' Hatch cuts across the top of the box and tries to get her hips around the ball for a shot, but it's off-target, wide of the near post.

72' Smith pushes forward from her right back position. She sends in a cross and earns a corner for the Courage.

68' North Carolina substitution: Ashley Hatch replaces Jessica McDonald

65' Substitution for Orlando: Maddy Evans replaces Dani Weatherholt

64' Fields tries to turn and get a shot off at the top of the box, but it's a slow roller to D'Angelo.

61' Substitution for Orlando: Jazmyne Spencer enters the game for Chioma Ubogagu

56' Red card to Erceg. She was already on a yellow when she took down Ubogagu. North Carolina will play the rest of the match with 10 players.

North Carolina Substitution: Taylor Smith replaces Samantha Witteman

53' Fantastic save by Harris who preserves her team's lead! She denies a header by Mewis at point-blank range.

Williams set up the play with a dribble before laying it off to Debinha, who finished far post to get the Courage on the scoreboard. 

50' Goal North Carolina! It is raining goals in Orlando!

49' Another goal for Orlando! This time it's Camila who fires past D'Angelo for the Pride's second goal in a minute! 2-0 Orlando.

48' Goal Orlando! Ubogagu finishes at the back post to give the home team a 1-0 lead!

47' What a chance for Fields! Marta played Krieger in the box, and the right back slipped a ball along the six yard line for Fields who skied it. The offside flag had gone up anyway so the goal would not have counted.

46' North Carolina have certainly started this second half on the front foot. They've gotten two early looks, this one a high shot by McDonald.

45' The second half is underway from Orlando, Florida. The teams are tied 0-0: who will get a winner in this second half?

HT: A scoreless first half from Orlando and North Carolina. Both sides have their chances, but neither team built up much of a rhythm in the first 45.

45' Harris swats aside Witteman's shot for a North Carolina corner kick.

41' Catley makes a dangerous run to the endline and serves a cross across the penalty box that's just too far for Marta. 

40' Good combination play from Mewis as she makes a run out of midfield. She plays a backheel to Debinha, but the Brazilian can't keep her shot on target.

37' Bad giveaway by Fields creates a turnover for North Carolina. Williams takes over and gets off a shot that deflects out of bounds.

37' Dahlkemper serves in a corner for North Carolina. McDonald heads it goalward, but it's over the crossbar.

35' D'Angelo gets bumped going up for a dangerous cross, but the Courage goalkeeper manages to hold onto the ball.

34' Marta dances in the box and gets off a shot but it's blocked by the North Carolina backline.

33' Play has resumed here in Orlando. The game is still tied 0-0.

The game will pause so both teams can have a brief cooling break. 

23' Still scoreless between North Carolina and Orlando. 

13' From the Orlando Pride twitter account: "Pride finding chances early here from the left side. A run in by Jamia creates a corner." 

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Kickoff! We're underway from Orlando!

We're just a few moments from kickoff. Check out our preview of tonight's match before we get started!

Abby Erceg will captain the Courage. Their available substitutes are Rowland, Rosana, Smith, Hatch, Niemiec, Hamilton and Speck

NC Courage Starting XI: D'Angelo; Kawamura, Erceg, Dahlkemper, Mewis, Witteman, Debinha, Zerboni, Doniak, Williams, McDonald

And here's the starting lineup for the North Carolina Courage...

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will captain the Pride. The available substitutes for the Orlando Pride are Burkenroad, Spencer, Alleway, Bledsoe, D.Evans, M. Evans, and Driesse.

Orlando Starting XI: Harris; Catley, Pressley, Kennedy, Krieger, Weatherholt, Camila, Edmonds, Marta, Fields, Ubogagu

We're about 30 minutes away from kickoff and Orlando have released their starting lineup.

The game will kick-off at 5 pm ET and is available to watch via live stream on go90, NWSLsoccer.com, and the NWSL app.

She’ll have her hands full this Sunday, however, as the Pride’s newest signing, Marta, is off the blocks having secured her first NWSL goal in the Pride’s 1-1 tie against Kansas City. The 5-time World Player of the Year is as quick and crafty as they come and has had more time to adjust to her new team since the last time Orlando faced North Carolina, so the Courage backline will have to respect her threat on the dribble. On the other side of the field for Orlando is Ashlyn Harris, who, despite being the reigning NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, will want to put memories of a poor performance against the Courage the last time around out of her head.

Despite their offense getting most of the plaudits, of the keys to North Carolina’s success this season is actually on the backline. Since she was drafted in 2015, the center-back and former UCLA Bruin Abby Dahlkemper has been a rock for the Courage as well as a reliable offensive contributor. She takes most of the Courage’s set pieces and corner kicks and registered the assist on McDonald’s game-winning goal off a corner kick last weekend. With the Courage averaging just less than 10 corner kicks a game, Dahlkemper’s service is a potent attacking weapon.

North Carolina, meanwhile, have only added to their goal total. Jessica McDonald became the NWSL’s active leading goalscorer when she tallied against Boston last weekend. The forward now has 33 goals in her NWSL career. She and Lynn Williams continue to be the league’s most dynamic attacking duo. They have a combined 26 goals in their last 26 games together.

The Pride came close to securing their first win last weekend against FC Kansas City before a late 84th minute goal by the Blues cancelled out Orlando’s one goal lead. The Pride still managed a point, but it will raise some eyebrows that they have scored just three goals in four games. That one of those came in their last game against North Carolina should be encouraging to Pride fans fearful of another blow-out in the vein of their 3-1 loss in April.

Today’s game sees the NWSL’s lowest-ranked team host the league-leader in a David v. Goliath match-up. North Carolina are one of the few teams in NWSL history to start the season with a perfect 4-0 record, while the Orlando Pride, 0-2-2 on the season, could tie a league record for worst start to a season if they don’t pull out a win this weekend. They are the only team in the NWSL without a win this season.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL USA’s live coverage of Week 5 of the National Women’s Soccer League. Sunday, May 14th sees the North Carolina Courage of the NWSL travel to Orlando to face the Orlando Pride at 5 pm ET. We’ll have pre-match coverage, predictions, analysis, and lineups here, so be sure to follow along!

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