We are now two weeks into the NWSL season and, despite a relatively slow start, the Orlando Pride look to be a team on the rise. Here are just a few of the numbers fans of women’s soccer should be encouraged by:
3: The number of corner kicks the Pride have conceded in two games (Portland 0, Washington 3). A low number of corners indicates that the defense is efficient in clearing the ball from the final third without exposing themselves to dangerous set pieces.
21: The number of matches out of 24 that the Orlando Pride will play on grass. That is much improved from the mere 6 matches the Pride played on a natural service one year ago.
40: The amount of goals the Western NY Flash scored on their way to winning the 2016 NWSL Championship. Relevancy? Through their first five games the Flash (now the North Carolina Courage) had only scored 3 goals. How much did they struggle to put the ball in the back of the net? Two of their three goals came off of penalty kicks This is proof that teams can recover from low scoring totals early in the season.