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Orlando Pride remains undefeated and ends KC Currents' 17-game winning streak with 2-1 | Football

Barbra Banda and Marta scored the goals as the Orlando Pride remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Kansas City on Saturday, handing the Current their first loss of the National Women's Soccer League season.

Temwa Chawinga scored for the Current (10-1-5) in front of 11,500 fans at sold-out CPKC Stadium in Kansas City who came to see the league's two best and only undefeated teams.

With the win, the first-place Pride (11-0-5) extended their winning streak to 17 games dating back to last season, matching the league record set by the Current last week. The Pride have not trailed in a game since March 22.

Banda and Chawinga went to the top of the table with 11 goals each and delivered a convincing performance in this top match.

Banda scored her 12th goal of the season in the 37th minute. Adriana's shot was blocked and fell to Banda in the box, who fired it home under the arms of goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

Chawinga reacted two minutes later, dribbling into the penalty area, dribbled around several defenders and then shot into the right corner.

Carrie Lawrence received her second yellow card in the 42nd minute for a foul on Chawinga, leaving the Pride without a player for the rest of the game.

Orlando took the lead in the 61st minute when Adriana was fouled in the box and Marta chipped the penalty spot over the goalkeeper to score her fifth goal of the season.

Pride goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse saved seven shots.

RED STARS 1, LINE 0

Mallory Swanson scored just before halftime to help the Chicago Red Stars to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dash at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Leilanni Nesbeth intercepted a pass and found Swanson in first-half stoppage time. She dribbled forward and fired a left-footed shot from outside the box into the top left corner for her seventh goal of the season.

Swanson scored in four consecutive games for Chicago (7-7-2), the highest mark in Red Stars history.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved six shots and secured a clean sheet for the third time this season.

The Dash (3-8-5) remained pointless in five consecutive games.

GOTHAM 2, ANGEL CITY 1

Rose Lavelle scored in the 16th minute and Gotham FC handed Angel City their third consecutive defeat with a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles.

The midfielder, who was called up to the US Olympic team in France, has scored five goals this season. Delanie Sheehan gave Gotham (9-3-4) a 2-0 lead in the 40th minute.

Claire Emslie scored a penalty in the 69th minute for Angel City (4-9-3). It was her sixth goal of the season and her team's best effort.

SPIRIT 3, BAY FC 0

Rookie Makenna Morris scored her first NWSL goal in the fourth minute, Trinity Rodman converted a penalty in the 21st minute and the Washington Spirit won their first game under new coach Jonatan Giraldez, 3-0 against Bay FC at San Jose's PayPal Park.

Ouleymata Sarr scored her seventh goal of the season for the Spirit (11-4-1) in the 57th minute.

The freshman team Bay FC (6-10-0) had won its last two games.

Giraldez was hired by the Spirit in January but finished the season at FC Barcelona, ​​​​which won three consecutive Spanish championships and two consecutive Champions Leagues under him.

Giraldez has spent the last two weeks getting used to his new club under interim coach Adrián González, who will now become his assistant.


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