San Diego Wave FC wins their first win in franchise history in the Challenge Cup over Angel City FC.
On Saturday at Torero Stadium, the new expansion team in San Diego picked up the club's first franchise victory with a scoreboard of 4-2 over fellow new expansion team, Angel City FC.
Jodie Taylor, Alex Morgan and Amirah Ali got on the score-sheet in this game, after entering this match with a 0-1-1 record with no victories.
This team were waiting to catch a wave entering Saturday since last week's defeat against the Portland Thorns at home.
During the whole week, Alex Morgan says that they were able to figure out their strengths and the things they needed to work on in order to make that next step as they looked for their first victory.
“We felt really good coming into this week,” Morgan said Saturday. “We’re all just learning our strengths and weaknesses and in what way we can support each other. This game were are able to take that next step forward together.”
The American forward and World Cup winner says that the home crowd played a big role in this weekend's victory.
“I think we’re just feeding off of the crowd energy. You know we didn’t get the result that we wanted last week, but we knew we had an opportunity this week to turn it around in front of a great crowd and we felt really good coming into this week.”
Wave FC head coach Casey Stoney expressed her appreciation for her team's performance on Saturday, crediting the character they showed on the field, in particularly in the first half.
“I don’t smile often, players will tell you that,” Stoney said. “Listen, I’m kind of overcome with pride in terms of today’s performance. In terms of the fact that they got pegged back twice after going in front. The fact that they dominated the first half, and could have gone in deflated. I thought they showed real character. Quality players showed quality on the pitch.”
Wave FC will be traveling this week to Seattle where they will face off OL Reign on Thursday in the NWSL Challenge Cup.