With the win, the Pride remain unbeaten from the comforts of Central Florida, while goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and the defense earned their first clean sheet in Club history. The match also provided the first goal of the season for forward Sarah Hagen in purple.
Hagen put the home side up 1-0 in the 12th minute, connecting with Alex Morgan, in her second-straight start. Centerback Laura Alleway started the play with a long outlet to Morgan, with the forward springing free behind the Reign backline on the left. The U.S. Women’s National Team allocation took some time, before sending a perfectly-placed cross to Hagen who was waiting on the back post to head the ball past 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove winner Hope Solo.
Sanderson replaced Hagen in the 57th minute and made a contribution reminiscent of the Pride’s first match in Orlando, sparking her team with a goal in the 87th minute that secured three points for the Club.
Morgan was involved in the final goal as well, after she forced Solo into a tough save that saw the ball carom out to Sanderson. The London native quickly pounced on the loose ball and finished into the open net. It was Sanderson’s second goal of the season.
The Pride backline, which has been one its strongest features through the first four weeks, held the Reign to just two shots on goal with the first coming at the 82-minute mark.
Racking up nine shots on the night, the Pride were in control of possession for most of the evening, putting constant pressure on the Reign defense and earning a season-high 10 corner kicks.
The Pride close out a two-game home stand on Saturday, May 14, when the Western New York Flash visit Camping World Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.