After extending her contract with San Diego Wave by means of 2026, 18-year-old Jaedyn Shaw scored her fifth objective of the season Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Angel Metropolis 1-1 within the crew’s ultimate match of the NWSL UKG Problem Cup at Snapdragon Stadium.
Within the eleventh minute, midfielder Shaw made the unassisted objective after she intercepted the ball from an Angel Metropolis defender contained in the field and ripped a left-footed shot into the decrease left-hand-corner of the web.
It was her eighth skilled objective throughout all competitions.
“I’m after all, actually, actually completely satisfied that I can re-sign right here in San Diego,” Shaw stated. “It meant the world that I might rating [in] like the primary recreation after signing my new contract, and I really feel prefer it was a illustration of how a lot I really like this place and the way a lot I actually benefit from the followers and the setting right here.”
5 minutes after Shaw’s objective, Angel Metropolis responded as Scarlett Camberos shot from lengthy vary and located the highest proper nook to degree the match.
The match additionally featured the return of Wave defender Abby Dahlkemper, who made her first look in 309 days following a again harm, sickness and surgical procedure. She wore the captain’s armband within the first half.
“It felt nice,” Dahlkemper stated. “I simply really feel actually grateful for the individuals I’ve in my life. My teammates, my coaches, the medical employees, the help crew round this crew, gave me the whole lot that I might ever have to get again on the sector, and I really feel match and robust and able to go and assist the crew in any approach.”
The Wave had a dominant second half, recording eight pictures and 5 on track and holding nearly all of possession with 53.4%. Goalkeeper Shae Yáñez made quite a few saves within the second half to maintain the scoreline degree together with a vital save in stoppage time.
Shaw and Makenzy Doniak every almost scored targets of their very own, with Shaw skimming the highest of the web, almost placing the Wave on high within the thirty ninth minute.
Within the 53rd minute, a detailed Doniak shot was parried away for a nook, assisted by Shaw with a by means of ball.
One minute later, Shaw’s nook discovered defender Madison Pogarch, whose close-range header was saved. Doniak made one other ultimate try in stoppage time, however her shot was blocked as properly.
Ahead Melanie Barcenas made her second-ever begin for the membership, enjoying 68 minutes and recording two pictures on objective. The 15-year-old native ahead is in her rookie season with the Wave after signing because the youngest participant in NWSL historical past.
After the match, Wave coach Casey Stoney stated: “I believed it was one other actually optimistic step in the best course … however I’m really dissatisfied with the draw to be trustworthy, when it comes to our efficiency, as a result of I believed we deserved a bit bit extra tonight.”
Of Shaw’s objective, Stoney stated: “I believed it was an excellent efficiency, and she or he’s the way forward for the membership. I believe her potential is so excessive. cWe’ve solely simply scratched the floor with Jae. I believe she’s simply getting higher and higher each week.”
Concerning Dahlkemper’s return, Stoney stated she was happy to have the defender again within the squad and thought Dahlkemper will be more than happy together with her 45-minute play.
Stoney recalled Dahlkemper’s again issues, bout with COVID, damaged rib and additional again harm that required main surgical procedure.
“This might have broke many a participant,” the coach stated, including: “I couldn’t be extra happy with her. So, yeah, we’re a really, very fortunate membership that we’ve received her in our squad.”
For her half, Dahlkemper stated: “I simply actually don’t have sufficient phrases to thank the San Diego Wave group for the whole lot they’ve performed for me and the continued perception in me and the help, you understand, it simply means the world and I’m endlessly grateful.”
Midfielder Taylor Kornieck was unavailable for the match Saturday after a nostril harm final week in a 1-0 loss to OL Reign.
Stoney was fined by the NWSL this week for feedback that have been “detrimental to the league” — her statements that Kornieck was not protected on the sector, in line with Simply Ladies’s Sports activities.
“How damage does she need to get earlier than somebody begins defending her?” Stoney stated after Kornieck suffered two accidents within the July 28 match.
It’s the third time Stoney has been fined by the NWSL this season primarily based on her remarks about participant security.
Saturday’s match ends the Wave competitors within the Problem Cup. The membership didn’t qualify for the semifinals.
Requested what profit the Problem Cup was for the membership, Stoney stated it gave coaches a chance to experiment with formations and methods.
The coach stated the Wave used the collection of matches as a instrument to arrange for a World Cup window and provides nonstarter gamers worthwhile minutes on the pitch.
Additionally on the post-match press convention, Stoney talked about her household’s skill to reside within the U.S. together with her. Her household has been residing 5,000 miles away due to visa points.
“It’s been a tough 22 months residing with out them,” the coach stated about her associate and three youngsters. “What I can say is I really feel like I can breathe once more now, and I believe I’m extra full as an individual.”
Stoney added: “You don’t ever wish to spend 22 months away from your loved ones, and it’s 22 months of their lives I can’t get again. However now it’s about constructing a life right here in San Diego with this membership and, you understand, we wish to make this membership one of the best it might presumably be and provides these guys a extremely good future.”
The Wave head right into a bye week earlier than returning house to Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday, August 19, to face NJ/NY Gotham FC within the common season at 7 p.m.