The buildup to the San Diego Wave Fútbol Membership’s first match Saturday in its new residence — Snapdragon Stadium — was pressure-filled. The intention was to fill the seats and placed on a profitable present.
The membership met its targets with a roaring crowd of 32,000 followers and 1-0 win over rival growth staff Angel Metropolis FC, though some agreed it wasn’t their greatest technical effort.
Wave head coach Casey Stoney admitted she was joyful to place it within the rearview mirror.
The match marked the biggest crowd to ever attend a Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League match within the league’s 10 years of existence.
“A very powerful factor is three factors and I’m so happy with them as a result of it retains us in and across the playoffs and I feel that’s so essential,” Stoney stated. “We’re making historical past.”
Jaedyn Shaw, a 17-year-old rookie, added to the historic night time, scoring the game-winning purpose, the staff’s first at Snapdragon and her third purpose in simply three appearances.
In her first residence match for the membership, Shaw put the group on its ft within the thirtieth minute with a header off a ball from Sofia Jakobsson.
“She’s so mature for a 17-year-old,” Stoney stated. “She’s extraordinarily proficient.”
Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan additionally stood out with 4 saves total, together with a vital block within the thirty fourth minute, denying Angel Metropolis’s June Endo’s left-footed strike from simply outdoors the field.
The Canadian nationwide staff star went on to avoid wasting her third penalty of the 2022 season within the 74th minute.
Angel Metropolis’s Savannah McCaskill tried from the spot however was unsuccessful as Sheridan dove to the left to dam the shot earlier than then saving the rebound.
Defender Abby Dahlkemper spoke concerning the vital half Sheridan performed in Saturday’s victory.
“Unbelievable. As a middle again it’s so essential to have a assured, good goalkeeper, and he or she is that,” Dahlkemper stated. “She is so dependable. She is among the greatest — if not THE greatest — goalkeepers on this planet.”
The win put the staff again on high of the NWSL desk with 34 factors and a document of 10-6-4 (W-L-D).
Ahead Alex Morgan stated: “To get the win right here tonight, grind it out, and have an unimaginable save by Kailen [Sheridan] on the finish to maintain us on high was what we would have liked.”
“To have the followers behind us from minute one to the final minute was unimaginable,” the membership’s star stated after the match. “Such a memorable second for all of us.”
Referring to the soldout match, Morgan stated, “I simply love breaking information. It feels good.”
Morgan was happy to see a lot development and progress occurring in girls’s soccer globally: “It’s actually a enjoyable time to be a soccer participant proper now and I’m simply having fun with the second.”
Wave now travels to battle the Orlando Delight on Sunday, Sept. 25, earlier than returning residence for his or her ultimate common season residence match at Snapdragon Stadium on Friday, Sept. 30, towards the North Carolina Braveness.
Tickets for San Diego’s ultimate residence match are on sale now at www.sandiegowavefc.com/tickets.