SAN DIEGO (May 8, 2024) – San Diego Wave FC (3-3-1, 10 points) defeated the Utah Royals FC (1-6-1, 3 points) 2-0 at Snapdragon Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the 33rd minute, San Diego was awarded a free kick that forward María Sánchez stepped up to take. The Mexican National Team captain’s inswinging ball found the feet of midfielder Kimmi Ascanio. The 16-year-old volley deflected off a Utah player and was found by the Video Assistant Review to be a handball in the box. Forward Jaedyn Shaw scored the penalty for the first goal of the match and her second of the season.

San Diego continued to apply the pressure on the attack in the second half and were awarded in the 77th minute when forward Makenzy Doniak scored her second of the season. Shaw intercepted a ball near the midfield line and slotted a perfectly paced ball to an ongoing Doniak. The veteran took a first-time left-footed shot that found the far post corner to double the Wave’s league.

Next on the schedule: San Diego Wave FC hosts NJ/NY Gotham FC on Sunday, May 12 at Snapdragon Stadium in the club’s AAPI Night, presented by Mostra Coffee. The match will be broadcast on ION with kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m. PT. Tickets for the match are available here.

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  • The Wave win marked the first time in club history the team has earned three straight home wins at Snapdragon Stadium.
  • Forward Jaedyn Shaw earned her second goal of the season off a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The penalty marked Shaw’s first NWSL penalty in her career and her 11th professional goal for Wave FC. At 19 years, 170 days, Shaw is the second-youngest player to take (and score) a regular season penalty in NWSL history.
  • Forward Makenzy Doniak scored her second goal of the season. It marked her eighth goal for San Diego and her 15th NWSL regular season goal.
  • Shaw’s assist on Doniak’s goal in the 77th minute marked the first time the 19-year-old has both scored and assisted in a match.
  • Defender Sierra Enge earned her first start and appearance of the regular season. The Cardiff-native played the entire match for her hometown club.
  • Forward María Sánchez made her first Wave FC start, playing 70 minutes. The Mexican National Team captain was acquired via trade from Houston Dash on April 20.
  • Melanie Barceans (hip), Abby Dahlkemper (thigh), Naomi Girma (thigh), Sofia Jakobsson (lower leg), Kristen McNabb (red card) and Alex Morgan (lower leg) were unavailable for today’s match.

Box Score:
San Diego Wave FC 2:0 Utah Royals FC

Scoring Summary:
SD – Shaw (Penalty) (2) 35’
SD – Doniak (2) (Shaw, 2) 78’

Misconduct Summary:
UTA – Monaghan 35’ (Caution)
UTA – Pogarch 37’ (Caution)
UTA – Foederer 51’ (Caution)
SD – Westphal 79’ (Caution)
SD – Colaprico 88’ (Caution)
UTA – Senator 90’ (Caution)

San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan ©, D Westphal, D Enge, D Wesley, D Lundkvist, M Shaw (McCaskill 86’), M Colaprico, M Ascanio (van Egmond HT), F Jones (Bennett 63’), F Carusa (Ali 63’), F Sánchez (Doniak 70’)

Subs not used: GK Beall, GK Messner, D Torpey

Utah Royals FC: GK Haught, D Pogarch (Tagliaferri 83’), D Griffits, D Del Fava, D Flynn, M Cluff (Vasconcelos HT), M Henry, M Foederer (Gray 90’), F Monaghan (Burns 83’), F Senator, F Betfort (Tucker 69’)

Subs not used: GK Roque, D Nyberg, D Merrick, F Mozingo

Attendance: 10,289

Stats Summary: SD / UTA
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Target: 3 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corners: 1 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 14