Cocoa Beach native has recorded 472 saves – and counting – for Orlando Pride
By Official Florida FC
Ashlyn Harris is a living legend. Her glittering trophy case had another addition on Sunday when the longtime Orlando Pride goalkeeper was recognized for breaking the NWSL’s all-time saves mark.
Harris made her 469th save in league play in a 1-0 win over NJ/NY Gotham FC on Aug. 29. She denied former USWNT teammate Carli Lloyd in the 67th minute to set the record. Lloyd was six yards away and couldn’t beat the two-time World Champion goalkeeper.
After that match Pride interim head coach Becky Burleigh said Harris is a competitor and winner whose commitment rubs off on the entire group.
“Her willingness to put herself out there in terms of demonstrating what she is willing to do to win makes everybody else play a little bit harder,” Burleigh told the team’s website.
Sunday, the Pride honored the 35-year-old Cocoa Beach native before its nationally televised contest against the Houston Dash.
Harris made three saves in Orlando’s 1-1 draw.
There was little Harris could have done to deny Rachel Daly’s 10th minute goal. Orlando’s Ali Riley turned the ball over in the Pride penalty area and Daly fired a first-time shot to the far post past Harris.
She was substituted in the 67th minute after coming off second-best during a goal-mouth scramble following a Houston corner kick.
Orlando (6-5-7, 25 points) is fourth in the table following Sunday’s result. The Pride host Racing Louisville FC (4-8-5, 21 points) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.