Thunderous cheers erupted every time San Diego Wave gamers kicked the ball to their aspect of the pitch throughout Sunday’s NWSL semifinal match at Snapdragon Stadium. It was as if the 32,000 followers sought to will the ball into the online for a victory over Seattle’s OL Reign.
It was to not be.
The Wave fell 1-0 and didn’t advance to the finals, repeating what has plagued them all through the season: not executing targets.
Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan saved a clear sheet within the first half regardless of quite a few objective makes an attempt by OL Reign stars.
A ball that bent into the objective by Veronica Latsko bought previous Sheridan minutes into the second half and put OL Reign in entrance for the remainder of the match. The objective shocked each groups as a result of the kick wasn’t a direct try.
The introduced crowd of 32,262, a NWSL playoff attendance report, stood in surprised silence when the ultimate whistle blew, ending the second-year group’s season.
Seattle’s 38-year-old star Megan Rapinoe performed all 90 minutes and aggressively assisted in lots of makes an attempt.
The Wave gained the NWSL 2023 Protect as common season factors chief and earned a bye within the quarterfinals and residential area benefit within the semifinal.
“Bitterly disenchanted” was how Head Coach Casey Stoney described her emotions. “I don’t assume we confirmed the perfect of ourselves tonight, however I’m very pleased with our season.”
“They’re gutted, devastated,” Stoney mentioned of the group.
OL Reign remained undefeated towards the Wave.
Seattle will face New York Gotham, a 1-0 victor over defending NWSL champion Portland Thorns, within the league’s title match Saturday at Snapdragon