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San Diego Wave FC Defeated Utah Royals FC 2-0 at Snapdragon Stadium

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May 9, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Wave FC (3-3-1, 10 points) defeated the Utah Royals FC (1-6-1, 3 points) 2-0 on Wednesday evening at Snapdragon Stadium.

In the 33rd minute, San Diego was awarded a free kick, for which attacker María Sánchez stepped up. The inswing ball from the captain of the Mexican national team found the feet of midfielder Kimmi Ascanio. The 16-year-old volley hit a Utah player and was ruled a handball in the penalty area by the Video Assistant Review. Forward Jaedyn Shaw scored the penalty for the first goal of the match and her second of the season.

San Diego continued to pressure the attack in the second half and got the reward in the 77th minute when forward Makenzy Doniak scored her second of the season. Shaw intercepted a ball near the midfield line and threw a ball with perfect pace to a persistent Doniak. The veteran scored a first-time left-footed shot that found the far post corner and doubled the Wave’s competition.

Next up: San Diego Wave FC hosts NJ/NY Gotham FC on Sunday, May 12 at Snapdragon Stadium during the club’s AAPI Night presented by Mostra Coffee. The game will air on NWSL+ with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 PM PT. Tickets for the match are available here.


The Wave’s win marked the first time in club history that the Wave has recorded three straight home wins at Snapdragon Stadium.

Forward Jaedyn Shaw earned her second goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The penalty was Shaw’s first career NWSL penalty and her eleventh professional goal for Wave FC. At 19 years and 170 days, Shaw is the second-youngest player to take (and score) a regular season penalty in NWSL history.

Forward Makenzy Doniak scored her second goal of the season. It was her eighth goal for San Diego and her 15th NWSL goal in the regular season.

Shaw’s assist on Doniak’s goal in the 77th minute marked the first time the 19-year-old had both scored and assisted in a match.

Defenseman Sierra Enge earned her first start and appearance of the regular season. The Cardiff native played the entire match for her hometown club.

Striker María Sánchez made her first Wave FC start and played 70 minutes. The captain of the Mexican national team was acquired via trade from Houston Dash on April 20.

Melanie Barceans (hip), Abby Dahlkemper (thigh), Naomi Girma (thigh), Sofia Jakobsson (lower leg), Kristen McNabb (red card) and Alex Morgan (lower leg) were unavailable for today’s match.

Box score:

San Diego Wave FC 2:0 Utah Royals FC

Score overview:

SD – Shaw (penalty) (2) 35′

SD – Doniak (2) (Shaw, 2) 78′

Summary of misconduct:

UTA – Monaghan 35′ (note)

UTA – Pogarch 37′ (note)

UTA – Foederer 51′ (Note)

SD – Westphal 79′ (note)

SD – Colaprico 88′ (note)

UTA – Senator 90′ (note)

San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan ©, D Westphal, D Enge, D Wesley, D Lundkvist, M Shaw (McCaskill 86′), M Colaprico, M Ascanio (van Egmond HT), F Jones (Bennett 63′), F Carusa (Ali 63′), F Sánchez (Doniak 70′)

Subs not used: GK Beall, GK Messner, D Torpey

Utah Royals FC: GK Haught, D Pogarch (Tagliaferri 83′), D Griffits, D Del Fava, D Flynn, M Cluff (Vasconcelos HT), M Henry, M Foederer (Gray 90′), F Monaghan (Burns 83′) , F Senator, F Betfort (Tucker 69′)

Subs not used: GK Roque, D Nyberg, D Merrick, F Mozingo

Attendance: 10,289

Summary of statistics: SD/UTA

Shots: 12/8

Shots on target: 6/3

Saves: 1/5

Corners: 7/0

Errors: 18 / 17

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