February 23, 2024
Makenzy Doniak celebrates after kicking successful objective. Picture courtesy San Diego Wave FC

The San Diego Wave stored its highway win streak in tact Sunday with its 1-0 victory in opposition to NJ/NY Gotham FC at Pink Bull Area in Harrison, New Jersey.

With the win, San Diego (6-3-1, 19 factors) is now tied for first with Portland within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League. 

Head coach Casey Stoney stated she was pleased with the group’s effort within the second half.

“I feel preserving a clear sheet in opposition to this aspect may be very troublesome,” she stated. “I’m finally actually, actually pleased with this squad and what they’ve been capable of obtain this week.”
 
The Wave broke the primary half 0-0 tie simply 44 seconds into the second half when midfielder Makenzy Doniak scored her second objective of the season lower than a minute after coming into the sport.

The play began when fellow second-half substitute ahead Jaedyn Shaw performed a ball previous Gotham’s backline to Doniak. Doniak raced in the direction of objective and took a contact previous Gotham’s goalkeeper Abby Smith and hit a low left-footed shot to place San Diego forward 1-0. 

About Doniak’s objective, Stoney stated: “A incredible objective, one she’s undoubtedly worthy of. She’s, you realize, one of many hardest working gamers.”
 
With the shutout, goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan earned her third straight highway clear sheet, with three saves on the evening. The Wave now has 4 shutouts on the season, whereas Sheridan earned her twenty sixth profession clear sheet.

Wave players celebrate after Makenzy Doniak winning goal. Photo courtesy San Diego Wave FC
Wave gamers rejoice after Makenzy Doniak successful objective. Picture courtesy San Diego Wave FC

 
They performed in entrance of 15,058 followers, a record-breaking attendance for Gotham FC (5-3-2, 17 factors).

Shaw earned her first skilled profession help of the season. The 18-year previous made her skilled debut with the Wave final season on July 30, 2022, and has since earned six regular-season targets. 

Midfielder Taylor Kornieck began for the Wave in a daily season match for the primary time since April 15, 2023. Kornieck has made two appearances since getting back from damage, the place she made her return Could 20 within the Wave’s 3-0 win over the Houston Sprint.

Requested about resting many starters in the course of the Problem Cup match loss Wednesday, Stoney stated, “It’s not simple. We need to win each sport. … However we additionally know that we prioritize the league.

“It was a really acutely aware determination to rotate issues on Wednesday evening, but in addition it was a really acutely aware determination to present sure folks enjoying time,” Stoney stated. “We’ve received a World Cup window developing. Sure gamers are going to be lacking. We’ve got to organize for that. And likewise to present folks deserved minutes as properly. So it wasn’t simple, dropping 3-0” to OL Reign.

“So did it repay? You’d need to say sure”

On Friday, San Diego Wave continues its highway stretch in opposition to Racing Louisville FC at Lynn Household Stadium. Kickoff is slated for five p.m. Pacific time. The match is offered by way of broadcast on FOX 5 San Diego and could be streamed on Paramount+.