Sandy • Utah Royals forward Katie Stengel sprinted toward the penalty box and struck a left-footed shot past Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

Three Orlando defenders ran into the box to get in the way, and Ali Krieger did so — barely. The deflection was enough to send the 90th-minute shot wide, as the Royals and Pride finished in a scoreless tie on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

“I already talked to Krieger and her stupid big toe,” Stengel joked after the match. “Not happy about it. Frustrated it didn’t go in. I think, clear shot into traffic something could have happened, but we were unlucky.”

It was the second meeting between the teams this season. Both put on strong defensive performances in the first half before the Royals adjusted at halftime.

“As Rachel [Corsie] and I were getting the ball from [goalkeeper] Abby [Smith], it was being brave enough to engage their forwards and then try to find a pass,” said Royals defender Becky Sauerbrunn, “as opposed to just just kind of going long if we felt a little bit of pressure. And so we asked the midfielders to move a little bit more, and then the attackers were willing to get the ball and show and try to combine.”

That change in approach led to four shots in the final 11 minutes for the Royals.

Stengel, who came on as a substitute for Amy Rodriguezin the 77th minute, had her first chance at a goal five minutes later. But as she gathered possession, Harris jumped out from her spot to disrupt the shot.

Eight minutes later, Katrina Gorry’s deep ball into the Pride penalty box was chased down by Brittany Ratcliffe, who whipped in a shot that Harris saved before Stengel’s rebound was deflected wide.

The Royals weren’t done there. In the third minute of stoppage time, midfielder Gunnhildur Jonsdottir’s shot off a pass from Erika Tymrak went over the crossbar.

“I think we were disappointed coming off not being able to get the three points,” Royals coach Lauara Harvey said. “I felt over the 90 minutes we were the better team and we created more dangerous opportunities than they did.”

Royals goalkeeper Smith made two saves in the second half, including a diving stop to her right on a shot by Rachel Hill. It was the third shutout of the season for the Royals, against an Orlando attack that featured stars Marta, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan.

“I’ll take being known as a good defensive team,” Harvey said. “I felt like defending as a team collectively again was very, very good. But when you’re in those types of games and that’s the way it is, you want the ball to drop in the right way just one time.”