San Diego Wave FC (2-1-0, 6 points) fell 1-0 to OL Reign (2-1-0, 6 points) at Lumen Field on Saturday night off a goal in the 95th minute.
Following a scoreless first half, it was a back-and-forth affair in the second half. Three minutes into the second half, San Diego nearly capitalized when forward Alex Morgan made a run to the box and attempted a shot that was deflected by Reign goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce. The save fell to the feet of Wave forward Jaedyn Shaw and she found the feet of Amirah Ali that required a second save from Tullis-Joyce.
Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan finished the night with four saves, including two huge saves to keep the game level in the 74th and 78th minutes.
However, Reign would secure the victory in extra time when midfielder Olivia Van der Jagt hit a one-time volley outside the box that found the back of the net.
Next on the schedule: The Wave return to Snapdragon Stadium this Wednesday, April 19, to host the reigning NWSL champions, Portland Thorns FC, at 7:00 p.m. PT. The match kicks off the first game of the UKG NWSL Challenge Cup, a league tournament with a prize pool of $1M, and will be available on Paramount+. Single-game tickets are available here. The first 5,000 fans will receive a limited edition Wave FC scarf, courtesy of Netflix’s new show Queen Charlotte, a Bridgerton Story.
- Forward Alex Morgan surpassed 10,000 regular season minutes in the 24th minute in tonight’s match. The captain is the 37th player in NWSL history to hit this milestone.
- Midfielder Makenzy Doniak made her first start and third appearance of the 2023 season tonight.
San Diego Wave FC 0:1 OL Reign
SD – Van der Jagt 90+5’
SD – Hill (Caution) 90+4’
San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan, D McNabb, D Riehl, D Girma, D Westphal, M Colaprico (Briede 63’), M Kornieck (Jakobsson 79’), M Shaw (Hill 87’), F Morgan ©, F Ali (Turnbow 63’), F Doniak
Subs not used: GK Brzykcy, D Pogarch, M Enge, D Gyau
OL Reign: GK Tullis-Joyce, D Huerta, D Cook, D Hiatt, D Barnes ©, M Sonnett (Quinn 79’), M Fishlock, M Olivia Van der Jagt, M King (Rapinoe 73’), F Huitema (Bennett 87’), F Balcer
Subs not used: M Athens, F Brown, D Holmes, GK Ivory, F Latsko, M Stanton
Stats Summary: SEA / SD
Shots: 16 / 10
Shots on Target: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corners: 4 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offsides: 3 / 1
Possession 51.2% / 48.8%