Emily van Egmond late heroics helps Wave FC earn win

(March 29, 2024) – San Diego Wave FC (1-1-0, 3 points) defeated Seattle Reign FC (1-2-0, 3 points) at Snapdragon Stadium on Friday night. Emily van Egmond scored a goal in extra time to lift the Wave to the first regular season win of the 2024 season.  

San Diego started the match testing Seattle Reign goalkeeper Claudia Dickey by sending several services into the box. The most dangerous opportunity came in the 27th minute, when forward Sofia Jakobsson sent a curling cross from the right side to the feet of forward Jaedyn Shaw. The 19-year old directed the ball on frame, but Dickey stepped out to earn the save. Midfielder Savannah McCaskill had another close chance in the 40th minute when she found an errant pass from Reign. The free agent signing from this offseason took a shot from 25 yards out that deflected off a Reign defender and hit the post, just narrowly missing.  

The Wave finally found the advantage in the eighth minute of added time when van Egmond found the ball from forward Alex Morgan. Near the penalty spot, the Australian international calmly slotted the ball to the corner that sent the ball straight into the net.  

Next on the schedule: Following the international break, the Wave will travel to face Racing Louisville on Saturday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on ION. 

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  • The goal in the 98th minute marks the latest goal in San Diego history.
  • Van Egmond’s game-winning goal is her first of the 2024 season and first regular season goal since July 9, 2014.
  • The win marks the first time San Diego has defeated the Reign in regular season.
  • Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan recorded her first clean sheet of the 2024 regular season.
  • San Diego native and 16-year-old midfielder Melanie Barcenas earned her first minutes of the 2024 regular season as a substitute.
  • Defender Kristen McNabb earned her first start and minutes of the 2024 season after returning from injury.
  • Forward Alex Morgan earned her first assist of the 2024 season.
  • San Diego outshot the Reign 16-9, including 5-2 on shots on goal.

Box Score:
San Diego Wave FC 1:0 Seattle Reign

Scoring Summary:
SD – van Egmond (1) (Morgan 1) 90+’

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Lauren Barnes 33’ (Caution)

SEA – Laura Harvey 90+’ (Caution)

San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan, D McNabb (Torpey 58’), D Dahlkemper, D Girma, D Lundkvist, M Shaw (van Egmond 58’), M Doniak (Carusa 66’), M McCaskill, M Colaprico, F Morgan, F Jakobsson (Barcenas 89’)

Subs not used: GK Beall, D Westphal, M Enge, M Ascanio, F Bennett

Seattle Reign FC: GK Dickey, D Huerta, D Barnes, D McClernon (Cook 58’), D Woodham (Brown 76’), M Van der Jaght, M So-Yun, M Athens (King 76’), F Huitema, F Balcer (Adames 89’), F James (Stanton 89’)

Subs not used: GK Ivory, D Holmes, D Lester, M Weinert

Attendance: 16,746

Stats Summary: SD / SEA 
Shots: 16 / 9
Shots on Target: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corners: 7 / 0
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offsides: 2 / 3
Possession: 50.7% / 49.3%