The San Diego Wave clinched a first-round bye and home-field benefit for a semifinal matchup within the upcoming Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League playoffs with a 0-0 draw Saturday in opposition to the North Carolina Braveness in Cary, N.C.
Portland Thorns (10-5-6) is in first place with 35 factors; the Wave (10-7-4) is in second with 34.
Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan and defender Madison Pogarch made important saves to maintain the Braveness off the scoreboard within the final street match of the season. It was the Wave’s eighth shutout of the season.
The Wave comes house for the final match of the season in opposition to Racing Louisville FC on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Snapdragon Stadium. The Wave’s annual Fan Appreciation match is ready for kickoff at 2 p.m.
North Carolina practically jumped out to an early lead when midfielder Narumi Miura despatched a shot goalward. With the ball heading to the higher nook, Pogarch raced to the objective to go the ball out for a nook for the save.
Sheridan, along with her thirtieth profession shutout, earned three saves on the evening. Within the 59th minute, a cross was lobbed over San Diego’s protection for midfielder Kerolin Nicoli, who was making a run inside the world. Nicoli headed the ball cleanly, however Sheridan was ready and parried it away.
Eight minutes later, Nicoli hit a free kick from 20 yards out that Sheridan deflected huge to safe the clear sheet.
Defender Christen Westphal earned her one centesimal profession look within the NWSL with Saturday’s begin. Since becoming a member of the Wave within the membership’s inaugural season, Westphal has appeared in 44 matches (42 begins).
The Wave holds a 2-0-2 all-time document in opposition to North Carolina.