With a powerful defensive effort Saturday, San Diego Wave FC shut down the Portland Thorns, retaking first place within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League.
The two-0 win places the Wave (9-5-4), with 31 factors, two factors forward of second-place Houston Sprint, defeated by San Diego final week at Torero Stadium. The Sprint tied the Washington Spirit 2-2 earlier Saturday.
“Large squad effort,” stated Wave head coach Casey Stoney. “So happy for the gamers. I assumed they earned this victory, and so they deserve it.”
Wave defenders repeatedly cleared the ball on the Thorns’ internet at Windfall Park as goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan earned her twentieth NWSL profession shutout. She grew to become the seventh participant to achieve this milestone.
On the membership’s protection, Stoney stated: “They stood sturdy towards one among arguably the most effective entrance runners and forwards (Sophia Smith) within the league, so I’ve to be actually happy with that.”
After the match, Sheridan stated: “We need to take it to the subsequent degree — and the previous two weeks, I really feel just like the group has educated the strongest they’ve all yr and probably the most aggressive.”
With an help from Alex Morgan, Kristen McNabb netted her second purpose of the season within the seventeenth minute.
Within the forty second minute, Morgan, No. 13, gained her thirteenth purpose of the season, kicking the ball to the correct of Thorns goalkeeper Bella Bixby’s leg. It was Morgan’s 51st profession purpose.
On Morgan, Stoney stated: “She retains getting higher and higher. She’s a little bit of a positive wine in the meanwhile, isn’t she?”
The membership’s efficiency away from dwelling was “among the greatest soccer we’ve performed shortly,” Stoney stated.
“To do this in a stress cooker like this [Providence Park] simply reveals how far this group has are available such a brief area of time, however they believed at present that they may get a end result,” the pinnacle coach stated. “They labored by means of it and are worthy of it.”
The Thorns (7-1-8) fell into third place.
After one other away match towards the Washington Spirit at 2 p.m. subsequent Saturday, the group will transfer into their new pitch at Snapdragon Stadium in Mission Valley.
The membership introduced this week that greater than 27,000 tickets have been offered for its September 17 dwelling opener towards Angel Metropolis. That complete exceeds the NWSL attendance file for a single sport in its historical past. The venue seats 35,000.
The Wave is hoping for a sellout for its first match on the $310 million stadium, which opens Sept. 3 when the SDSU Aztecs host the College of Arizona Wildcats in soccer.
Kris Ward, head coach of the Spirit, was fired after an alleged incident at coaching final week. Ward’s dismissal comes about one yr after former Spirit coach Richie Burke was suspended for alleged verbal and emotional abuse of gamers.
In the meantime, defender Naomi Girma, midfielder Taylor Kornieck and ahead Morgan have been named to the U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Staff 23-player roster for 2 September pleasant matches towards Nigeria on Sept. 3 and 6.
Sheridan has been named to Canada’s 23-player roster, and midfielder Emily van Egmond to Australia’s for 2 pleasant matches towards each other.
In different information this week, the Wave signed ahead Jackie Altschuld to its 2022 NWSL roster, with a contract with the membership for the rest of the season.
Altschuld graduated from the College of San Diego, the place she was named to NSCAA All-West Area Third Staff and 1st group All-WCC in her 2016 senior marketing campaign.