San Diego Wave FC (5-3-0, 15 points) earned a 3-0 victory over Houston Dash (2-3-3, 9 points) at Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday night. The team earned its second shutout in a row, while forward Alex Morgan and defenders Sierra Enge and Madison Pogarch secured the victory.
San Diego Wave got off to a quick start, scoring in the second minute when forward Alex Morgan won a 50-50 ball outside the box. Morgan sent the ball into an empty net to put San Diego ahead 1-0.
In the 58th minute, Cardiff native Sierra Enge scored her first professional goal to double the Wave’s score. Following a corner kick by midfielder Danny Colaprico, the ball was hit out wide to forward Sofia Jakobsson. The Swedish international slotted a perfect pass to Enge, who doubled the Wave’s lead.
The 78th minute brought another first-timer goal for the San Diego team as Pogarch shot from afar, assisted by a flick from Alex Morgan off a corner from midfielder Makenzy Doniak. This marks the Wave’s second set-piece goal of the night.
Next on the schedule: Following the three-game road stint, the Wave return to Snapdragon Stadium to host the Portland Thorns on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT. The match marks the club’s annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by PenFed, and will be broadcasted live on FOX 5 San Diego and streamed on Paramount+.
BACK-TO-BACK MATCHES AT SNAPDRAGON!
- Forward Alex Morgan notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The U.S. Women’s National Team star now has 25 goals in all competitions since joining San Diego, the most in the league during that time. That total now beats Morgan’s goal output in all NWSL competitions from 2015 to 2021 combined. Her goal in the Wave’s contest last weekend counted as an own goal by Kansas City. This was also the first time since August 2022 that Morgan recorded a goal & assist in the same NWSL game.
- Morgan became just the second player (after Sam Kerr) to score 20 regular season goals for two NWSL clubs.
- At 93 seconds, Morgan’s opening goal tonight at Houston is the fastest goal she’s ever scored in her NWSL career.
- Cardiff native Sierra Enge scored her first professional goal tonight in the 58th minute, after making her first start last Sunday in the team’s win at Kansas City. Enge is 7th rookie to score this regular-season and first from San Diego.
- Tonight was San Diego’s biggest road win for San Diego since their 3-0 win at Gotham last June.
- Defender Madison Porgarch earned her first goal of the season and the first of her NWSL Career.
- Tonight is the second time this 2023 NWSL regular season that two players on the same team have scored their first NWSL goals in the same game. It’s the first time it’s happened in San Diego club history.
- Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan earned her 25th NWSL career shutout tonight, becoming the sixth goalkeeper in league history to achieve this feat.
- Forward Sofia Jakobsson earned her first 2023 assist off Enge’s goal.
- Midfielder Taylor Kornieck earned her first minutes tonight since April 15 against OL Reign.
- Defender Mia Gyau played her first minutes of the 2023 regular season tonight.
Houston Dash 0:3 San Diego Wave
SD – Morgan (5) 2’
SD – Enge (1) (Jakobsson 1) 58’
SD – Pogarch (1) (Morgan 2) 78’
HOU – Jacobs (Caution) 13’
SD – Colaprico (Caution) 35’
HOU – Dydasco (Caution) 39’
HOU – Anderson (Caution) 89’
San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan, D Girma, D Westphal, D McNabb, D Riehl, M Colaprico (Pogarch 62’), M Enge, M Hill, M Shaw (Doniak 62’), F Jakobsson (Kornieck 87’), F Morgan © (Gyau 95’)
Subs not used: GK Yanez, M Briede, M DeMarco, M Barcenas, F Ali
Houston Dash: GK Campbell, D Chapman (Peterson 82’), D Jacobs (Jennings 63’), D Lind, M Dydasco (Desiano 82’), M Sánchez, M Schmidt © (Solaun 82’), M Anderson, M Hirst, F Salmon (Ordóñez 56’), F Alozie (Gareis 68’)
Subs not used: GK Alvarado, M Viggiano, M Olivieri
Stats Summary: HOU / SD
Shots: 13 / 12
Shots on Target: 1 / 8
Saves: 4 / 1
Corners: 5 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offsides: 1 / 6
Possession: 50.8% / 49.2.4%