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Orlando Pride suffer 3-1 loss at Reign FC

Shorthanded Pride lose their first game after a two-week layoff

The Orlando Pride’s struggles continued Saturday, with Reign FC using less than 20 minutes to put the match out of reach.

Reign FC (8-5-6, 30 points) scored three goals in the opening 17 minutes en route to a 3-1 win. The contest also featured a two-hour weather delay in the first half. 

Darian Jenkins earned a brace and Beverly Yanez scored Seattle’s third goal during the opening salvo. 

Jenkins opened the scoring in the third minute. As the Pride were trying to build from the back, left back Carson Pickett got caught in possession and whiffed on an attempted pass.

Within seconds, Jenkins made Pickett pay for her mistake, slotting a shot past Ashlyn Harris. 

In the 12th minute, Jenkins scored again, this time from a tight angle near the byline. Jenkins went past Erin Greening, took a few dribbles and took a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar before bouncing into the net. 

Yanez added the third goal in the 17th minute. Soon afterward, the match was delayed for two hours due to inclement weather.

Orlando (4-13-2, 14 points) faced Reign FC without forwards Alex Morgan and Marta, who are nursing injuries.

Pride coach Marc Skinner started Camila for the second time this season. Camila converted a penalty in the 79th minute after Danica Evans was fouled in Reign FC’s box. 

Camila, Rachel Hill and Claire Emslie could not get much else going on the attacking front for most of the game. 

It was also the Pride’s first match in two weeks due to Hurricane Dorian, which also limited the club’s practice time. The rust showed at the beginning of the contest. 

Reign FC pressured high up the field so they could force the Pride into mistakes. 

Reign won the ball in Orlando’s half and earned numerous shot attempts. 

The Pride improved in the second half, but Reign FC’s first-half blitz was more than enough to seal a win. 

Skinner won’t have a lot of time to get the Pride ready for their next game. Orlando will host the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

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