Wednesday was a day Wave midfielder Taylor Kornieck will not be prone to overlook.
After studying earlier within the day that she’s eligible to coach with the U.S. nationwide group, Kornieck scored two targets to take care of the San Diego Futbol Membership’s unbeaten streak at residence in a 2-2 draw towards Portland Thorns.
The 6-foot-1 midfielder scored within the 81st and 88th minutes of the nighttime match at Torero Stadium on the College of San Diego.
Amirah Ali and Christen Westphal made passes, which arrange Kornieck to attain within the second half.
Kornieck gave credit score to go coach Casey Stoney and her teammates.
“Casey has performed unbelievable issues with me,” she stated, calling her fellow gamers among the finest gamers within the (Nationwide Girls’s Soccer) league.”
San Diego Wave FC celebrated Pleasure Night time in entrance of a sold-out crowd at Torero Stadium, with $1 from each ticket bought benefiting San Diego Pleasure.
“We stored pushing and pushing and by no means let up, that’s what obtained us right here,” Kornieck stated after the match. “I couldn’t have performed it with out Chris’ [Christen Westphal] superb help and the unbelievable power from the gang.”
Stoney stated of Kornieck:” I believe within the final 18 weeks, the progress she has made is all credit score to her as a result of she has labored extraordinarily laborious, she’s coachable, and he or she was excellent tonight. Folks acknowledge her for her peak however take a look at how she used her toes and the ball to dictate the sport.”
Calling Portland an “wonderful group,” Stoney stated: “To come back right here and carry out like we did, I’m actually, actually happy with this group and its development.”
“We performed arguably among the finest soccer we now have performed,” she added.
The Wave outshot the Thorns 21-9, and held 60.7% of the possession, however discovered themselves down two targets by the forty sixth minute.
The primary aim of the night time got here within the twenty second minute after a penalty kick was referred to as towards San Diego. Thorns ahead Sophia Smith put away the penalty, giving Portland the 1-0 lead.
In an try and reply again, Wave ahead Sofia Jakobsson put a agency shot on aim that was tipped by Thorns’ keeper and gave the impression to be over the road, however the referee determined it wasn’t a aim, and the Wave went into the half down by one.
Portland got here out of the locker room robust, tallying its second aim of the night time within the forty sixth minute, which got here from ahead Christine Sinclair.
The match got here after an prolonged highway journey with blended outcomes.
Portland outscored San Diego twice within the preseason Problem Cup.
Kornieck’s invitation to the nationwide soccer camp means she’s going to be a part of fellow group members Alex Morgan, Naomi Girma, Abby Dahlkemper and Kailen Sheridan.
Dahlkemper has been out of play as a consequence of a damaged rib suffered in apply final month.
The subsequent match is Sunday, June 12, towards OL Reign at Torero Stadium.