Mariana Larroquette Finds the Net in Kansas City's 3-1 Loss to Orlando NWSL KC

The Latest | Jun 23, 2021

Mariana Larroquette Finds the Net in Kansas City's 3-1 Loss to Orlando

KANSAS CITY - (June 23, 2021) - Kansas City NWSL returned home Wednesday afternoon to a rowdy crowd as they faced the Orlando Pride. Forward Mariana Larroquette scored the first regular season home goal in the club’s history to give KC the lead, but Orlando’s Sydney Leroux scored shortly after and just before the close of the first half to equalize. Leroux and Marta added two more in the second half, defeating Kansas City by a 3-1 score.

Kansas City started the first half with energy, opening up with an exciting chance in the 8th minute from Lo’eau LaBonta. The veteran midfielder slotted a pass across the box to a running Amy Rodriguez who slipped it into the back of the net, but it was unfortunately called offside. Minutes later, Larroquette hit a rocket from outside of the box that nearly went into the upper left corner, but skimmed the top bar. 

The first half action saw numerous players on both sides needing treatment from their respective athletic trainers. Combined with the hydration break, the referee saw fit to add 11 minutes to the end of the opening half.

The stoppage time didn’t lack intensity from either team. Off a corner kick, Kansas City’s Jéssica Silva knocked the ball out of the air to Larroquette, who poked it past the Pride’s goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, in the eighth minute of stoppage time. 

Moments later, Orlando had an answer of their own when Leroux found the back of the net from a scramble in the box that Kansas City was unable to clear. Prior to that goal, goalkeeper Abby Smith had continued playing at the MVP level her teammates had referenced earlier in the week. 

The second half began quickly for Orlando as they scored a goal within the first three minutes. Leroux struck again for her second goal of the night on a ball from former KC player, Gunny Jónsdóttir. Marta then provided the insurance goal in the 85th minute by firing in a 40-yard moonshot over the head of Smith to seal the victory for Orlando.

Coming down to the wire, Kansas City tried to close the gap late in the game. In the final minutes of the match, midfielder Chloe Logarzo was able to lay off a pass to Gaby Vincent who launched a hard shot towards the net, but it was stopped by McLeod.

After the game, Amy Rodriguez said the team is not going to defeat themselves over the loss. 

“We can hang our heads a little bit, but at the end of the day we are a new team and still getting to know each other and developing the chemistry,” said the Captain. “It takes time, all we can do is keep pushing.”

Kansas City now quickly shifts its focus to the second game in four days at Legends Field as they host the Washington Spirit on Saturday, June 26. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Kansas City NWSL vs Orlando Pride

Date: June 23, 2021

Venue: Legends Field, Kansas City, Kansas

Kickoff: 1:08 p.m. CT, 2:08 p.m. ET

Weather: 82 degrees, sunny

Attendance: 4,197


45’+5 ORL - Tymrak (Yellow)

45’+7 ORL - Dougherty Howard (Yellow)


45’ + 8 KC - Larroquette (Silva)

45’ + 10 ORL - Leroux (Washington)

49’ ORL- Leroux (Jónsdóttir)

85’ ORL - Marta (Jónsdóttir)

Scoring Summary

Team 1 2 F
Kansas City 1 0 1
Orlando 1 2 3


Kansas City: Smith, Leach, Ball (46’ Maemone), Corsie, Bowen, Pickett (73’ Vasconcelos), Vincent, LaBonta (46’ Logarzo), Silva (67’ Jenkins), Larroquette (73’ Weber), Rodriguez ©.

Substitutes Not Used: Barnhart, McCain, Scott, Nolf.

Orlando Pride: McLeod, Peterson, Krieger©, Washington, McClernon, Jónsdóttir, Viggiano (46’ Riley), Tymrak (46’ Marta), Leroux, Kim (46’ Korniek) (82’ Thomas), Dougherty Howard.

Substitutes Not Used: Wilson, Haran, Plummer, Pressley.




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