Morgan scores 50th career NWSL goal, Jakobsson scores first club goal

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 20, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club (8-5-4) defeated Houston Dash (7-5-4) tonight 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd for their last match at Torero Stadium. San Diego Wave FC brought the heat with a statement three-goal win with goals scored by Alex Morgan, Amirah Ali and Sofia Jakobsson.

“I can’t be any more proud of the players and the way they reacted, the players who came on and made a difference, all the players that prepped throughout the week. I think their reactions to back-to-back defeats has been incredible.”
Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach

Houston’s Ebony Salmon opened the scoring early in the 7th minute with a shot from inside the box for the away side’s lone goal of the night.

Wave FC responded quickly in the 13th minute to even up the scoreline. Forward Alex Morgan beat the keeper with a stunning left-footed shot to record her 50th NWSL career goal and 12th of the 2022 season. Morgan now leads the Golden Boot Race once again, followed by Sophia Smith who has 11 goals.

San Diego Wave FC continued fighting in the second half and was rewarded for their efforts with two more goals. In the 67th minute, after a lot of action inside Houston’s box, Amirah Ali finally put the ball in the back of the net from close range to push Wave FC ahead 2-1. Assisted by Makenzy Doniak, Ali’s game-winner was her second regular season goal and second goal in the last three matches as she rises into form.

In the 90th minute, Sofia Jakobsson made a breakaway run and beat the keeper one-on-one for her first-ever club goal. The shot came in from a tight angle and was assisted by Doniak, her second assist of the night.

San Diego Wave FC now embarks on two road matches, facing the Portland Thorns on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. PT, followed by the Washington Spirit on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. PT. After much anticipation and excitement, the club then returns home to open at Snapdragon stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17 with single-game tickets available now.

About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club

San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game we love and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club will bring the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club that consists of athletes representing six international soccer federations, including US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The team began its inaugural season at a temporary home, University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. The new Snapdragon Stadium will serve as Wave FC’s permanent home upon completion of construction, scheduled for September 17, 2022 as the team takes on Angel City FC.

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