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Host Pride clobber Utah to extend NWSL unbeaten run

Host Pride clobber Utah to extend NWSL unbeaten run

22/06/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31828716

By Kyle Foley

Orlando Sentinel Correspondent

It’s back to winning ways for the Orlando Pride, who dominated expansion side Utah (2-11-1, 7 points) in a 6-0 NWSL home victory on Friday night.

The triumph boosted Orlando’s season-long unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Braces from Barbra Banda and captain Marta set the tone for Orlando (9-0-5, 32 points).

“Playing at home and having three points, we dedicated this game to the community,” Banda said. “I think it was very good for us because we dominated the game from the first to the end. I think as a team we really worked so hard.”

Orlando started the onslaught in the 27th minute with an excellent goal. Kerry Abello’s cross into the box found the head of an onrushing Banda, who easily put it away.

Summer Yates scored for a 2-0 edge shortly before halftime after Utah midfielder Agnes Nyberg’s pass backward landed right in the path of Yates’ press,  and she had no trouble beating keeper Mandy Haught to double the lead.

Marta delivered a beautiful goal from outside the box to make it 3-0, needing just a quick touch to settle the ball before blasting it past Haught in the 47th minute.

Banda added a second in the 86th minute after another Utah turnover. A misplaced pass allowed Banda to get the ball before coolly slotting it in.

Marta scored in the 88th minute, getting the assist from Banda off a pass in the box before powering the ball into the net.

Ally Watt added a sixth goal in the 96th minute for the 6-0 win and the largest margin of victory and most goals in a game in Pride history.

Up next …

Orlando at Angel City

When: June 30 at BMO Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Bally Sports Florida
Oilers tie Stanley Cup Final, force Game 7 with 5-1 win over Panthers

Oilers tie Stanley Cup Final, force Game 7 with 5-1 win over Panthers

22/06/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31828654

The Panthers are on the verge of making history, but it is not the kind of historic accomplishment they were hoping to achieve.

After taking a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final, Florida has lost three straight games, setting up a decisive Game 7 in Sunrise after it lost 5-1 to Edmonton at Rogers Place on Friday.

The Panthers are now at risk of becoming only the second team to lose the Stanley Cup Final after taking a 3-0 lead in the series. The 1942 Detroit Red Wings are the only NHL team to lose a Final after taking a 3-0 lead. The Toronto Maple Leafs, who won that series, are one of two teams to even a Final at three games each after losing the first three games.

The 1942 Maple Leafs are the only team to win a championship series after falling behind three games to none in the three major American sports leagues that play playoff series.

The Oilers got on the board first with a goal by Warren Foegele coming off a Panthers turnover, giving Edmonton a lead 7:27 into the first period. It was the third game in a row where the Oilers scored first. Edmonton out-shot Florida 8-1 early in the game and ended the first period with an 11-2 shot advantage.

The barrage continued into the second period, as Adam Henrique gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead with a wide-open shot just 46 seconds into the second frame.

Florida captain Aleksander Barkov appeared to respond immediately, scoring the Panthers’ first goal on a rebound 10 seconds after Edmonton extended its lead. But the Oilers challenged the goal for offsides and won the challenge, setting the score back at 2-0.

Zach Hyman, the Oilers’ leading goal-scorer in the regular season, effectively put the game away with a late second-period goal.

Barkov did get a goal 1:28 into the third period, but it did not spark a comeback for the Panthers. Henrique and Ryan McLeod each scored empty-net goals to wrap up the contest.

Game 7 will take place in Sunrise at 8 p.m. on Monday.

This story will be updated.
Josh Lowe homers twice as Rays breeze at Pittsburgh

Josh Lowe homers twice as Rays breeze at Pittsburgh

22/06/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31828808


Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Josh Lowe homered twice, including a three-run blast in the sixth that broke open a close game, as the Tampa Bay Rays breezed past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 on Friday night.

Lowe hit a solo shot to right off Luis Ortiz in the third inning and went deep again with two aboard in the sixth to give the Rays a rare breather amid a string of tight finishes.

Tampa Bay entered Friday having had each of its previous four games decided in the final at-bat. There was no drama this time thanks to the first multi-homer game of Lowe’s career.

“That’s the goal right, to have a stress-free win,” Lowe said.

Lowe has endured two stints on the injured list this season due to a right oblique strain. Getting back into a rhythm has been difficult, although he said he believes he’s starting to find himself in the batter’s box.

He certainly looked comfortable when he sent an Ortiz pitch to a place few left-handed batters reach at PNC Park. Lowe’s second homer crashed into the bleachers just to the left of the 410-foot notch in left-center.

“You know [Lowe is] trying to get that timing,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “And it certainly looked like he got it today … to go [opposite field]  here is really, really impressive.”

Ben Rortvedt added three hits, including a three-run homer in the ninth.

Jose Siri also had three hits and made a pair of spectacular catches in center. He chased down a line drive to left-center by Nick Gonzales leading off the second and ended the game by robbing Jack Suwinski of extra bases with a leaping grab at the wall.

“I think [Siri] is amazing teammates right now with how consistent his play is, how good he is out in the outfield and look, the quality of his at-bats have completely turned around,” Cash said.

Yandy Díaz singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to a career-best 23 games as the Rays finished with a season-high 17 hits.

Colin Poche (1-1) helped Tampa escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by getting Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Bryan Reynolds hit his 11th homer of the season to push his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games. The leftfielder is hitting .342 in June. Suwinski had an RBI double for Pittsburgh and Ke’Bryan Hayes added an RBI single.

The Pirates, still down a man in the starting rotation because of injuries to Martin Perez, Quinn Priester and Marco Gonzales, turned to their bullpen. The strategy has worked of late but not on the first night of a rare visit to Pittsburgh by Tampa Bay.

Carmen Mlodzinski (1-3) gave up a run in the first 1 2/3 innings before giving way to Ortiz. The right-hander who had hoped to make the starting rotation out of spring training has thrived in a long relief role this season but struggled on a steamy night with temperatures in the mid-90s.

Tampa touched Ortiz for six runs on 10 hits in four innings. He failed to retire the Rays in order, and things got out of hand in the sixth.

The loss came on a day Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said he’s given general manager Ben Cherington the green light to seek trades that will help an offense that has kept the Pirates from emerging from a crowded if underwhelming NL Central pack.

Pittsburgh managed just five hits and only two over the final five innings.


Tampa Bay’s Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.12 ERA), a Hagert High alum, is scheduled to start against promising Pittsburgh rookie Jared Jones (4-6, 3.76) on Saturday.
Lack of goals remains sore spot for Orlando City

Lack of goals remains sore spot for Orlando City

22/06/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31828337

Orlando City might not have won on Wednesday, but the Lions showed signs of life with two goals from their struggling frontline. Now they need to keep the momentum against Chicago.

The Lions (4-8-6, 18 points) face the Fire (4-8-6, 18 points) at Inter&Co Stadium.

The sides met for a 1-1 draw last month and the Lions sit just below Chicago in the standings on goal differential. Both teams are trying to find their footing and coach Oscar Pareja knows his team has a difficult matchup.

“We played them not too long ago. Chicago is a team that has been evolving, too. We understand that evolution since we have information [and analysis] in our game against them in Chicago,” he said. “We’ll try to improve some things and see if we can get better at those things that we’re talking about, being more precise and taking advantage of that volume that we had in front of the goal, but also just being precautious and smart defending them.”

Orlando City’s forwards have struggled in front of goal with only 19 goals in 18 games. Forwards Facundo Torres (3G, 2A) and Duncan McGuire (6G) scored in the 2-2 draw against Charlotte earlier this week but need to find consistent form if the team wants to climb the table.

Midfielder Nico Lodeiro has six assists but wants to see the Lions making the most out of the opportunities they are generating. They have a great chance to do that against a Chicago side that has allowed 30 goals in 18 games.

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“We need to create more and especially we need to score more goals,” Lodeiro said. “In the end you can create many chances, but you need to score. We are working on this, we need to change something, we need to find the solution for the next game because it’s time to start to win points.”

Ramiro Enrique (personal matter) and Felipe Martins (left foot) are questionable while Mikey Halliday (right knee) and Tahir Reid-Brown (left thigh) are out. David Brekalo (Slovenia) is on international duty at UEFA Euro 2024 while Wilder Cartagena (Peru) and Pedro Gallese (Peru) are participating in Copa America.

If you go …

Orlando City vs. Chicago

When: Saturday at Inter&Co Stadium, 7:30

TV: Apple TV